Tuesday, September 8th – Lincoln County
Summary: The long Labor Day weekend concluded with a return to Summer conditions; there was abundant sunshine, highs in the mid-60s and an afternoon nor’wester gusting 25-30 mph. Scattered clouds and haze/fog annoyed the beaches and headlands at times in some areas, but overall it was dry and seasonal. Skies remained mostly clear overnight, the wind fell away to dead calm and thermometer readings stayed up in the 50s. At dawn, it looked like another gorgeous day was shaping up with mainly blue sky, a tad of haze offshore and light NE winds.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 65F/55F/23mph
Depoe Bay: 65F/52F/21mph
Forecast: The calendar says Summer lasts for about two weeks yet, until September 23rd’s Autumnal Equinox. And it appears at least the first of those weeks will indeed be mainly clear, dry, breezy and warm. Partly cloudy skies today, high around 65F and northwest winds 10-15 mph gusting 25 or so. Some marine clouds may block out the stars tonight, low about 55F. Becoming mostly sunny again tomorrow, the thermometer rises to 65F and north winds gust 20-25 mph. Outlook is for the mercury to take aim at 70F Thursday through Saturday before dropping a little to 65F Sunday and Monday; the sky should remain mostly cloud-free but expect afternoon/evening seas breezes to gust 30-35 mph each day.
Fire Restrictions: The Oregon State Parks fire ban continues on all beaches, in all coastal state park campgrounds south of Reedsport, and in all of Central, Eastern, and Southern Oregon. The ban includes open flames and, in some areas, charcoal briquettes.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny with 75-80F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and a high of 80F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, light west winds, temps near 80F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 40-45F; mostly sunny, the free air freezing level is 13,000 feet.
Marine: NNE winds are blowing at 10 knots this morning and nearly-flat seas are 3 feet at 17 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from noon today through late tonight as northerlies rise to 20-25 knots with 4 foot windwaves overpowering the 3 foot swell. The N wind eases after midnight to 15 knots, windwaves around 5 feet. Tomorrow, a N breeze 10-20 knots gusting 25 by afternoon, choppy seas 3-4 feet. Outlook is for northerlies 20-25 knots Thursday and Friday, 10-15 knots Saturday, with mixed swells/windwaves 5-7 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, patchy fog, breezy, surf 3 feet (low).
* All beach fires remained banned.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
09/08 Tue 10:25 AM 6.44 H
09/08 Tue 03:45 PM 2.99 L
09/08 Tue 09:48 PM 7.51 H
09/09 Wed 04:34 AM 0.27 L
In Short: Partly cloudy, windy, then clear with strong sea breezes and warmer temps.