Thursday, Sep. 10th – Lincoln County
Summary: Fog hugged the beaches, headlands and even some inland areas until well after lunch yesterday so high temperatures struggled to make the mid-60s; Depoe Bay was the warmest at 67F. The late Summer Sun eventually won the contest and brought it’s pal, the sea breeze, along for the ride. Northwest winds blew 10-20 mph gusting into the upper-20s through the afternoon but trundled off with the Sun as it slipped below the horizon. It was calm and clear through the early part of the evening until fog and marine clouds reformed just past midnight; the thermometer dipped into the 50s. At dawn, it was calm and foggy with visibility down to a quarter mile in spots.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 65F/56F
Depoe Bay: 67F/56F
Forecast: Summer weather may be ending early next week, but in the meantime look for oodles of afternoon clearing, foggy/cloudy nights, sea breezes and seasonal mercury readings. Mostly sunny today and tomorrow, highs around 65F, cloudy tonight, low of 55F. Outlook is for partly sunny Saturday and Sunday, high 65F, low 55F. Enjoy the tail-end of the season because increasing clouds and a slight chance of rain are expected Monday and Tuesday. Then, long range projections are focusing on a wet and windy weather system possibly arriving on Wednesday, lasting into early Friday. We’ve reached the time of year when larger and more intense storms can easily barge their way in.
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: Exploratory drilling will create a single lane restriction on Highway 20, approximately seven miles west of Eddyville (MP 16.5) today. Traffic will be restricted to one lane controlled by flaggers during a four hour duration today when a crane lifts and places a drill rig on an area adjacent to the highway. During this daytime period, travelers should anticipate delays of no longer than twenty minutes. On Monday, September 14th or Tuesday, September 15th, a similar lane restriction will occur when the drill rig is demobilized.
In the Coast Range today, sunny with 80-85F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and a high of 85F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light west winds, temps near 85F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 45-55F; sunny today, the free air freezing level is 15,000 feet.
Marine: It’s rough offshore this morning with N winds 20-25 knots and seas up to 8 feet at 11 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect nearshore through this evening, and offshore past 10 miles through tomorrow afternoon. N winds 10-20 knots gusting 25 close in, and a steady breeze 15-25 knots farther out today, mixed swells/windwaves 5-8 feet. The breeze eases inshore to 10-15 knots tonight, but keeps blowing 20-25 knots past 10 miles out until midnight before dropping to 15-20 knots; seas 5 feet. Tomorrow, northerlies 10-20 knots gusting 25 with choppy swells around 5 feet. Outlook is for N to NW winds 10-15 knots gusting 20-25 Saturday through Monday, swells building to 8-9 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Fog early, mostly sunny later, breezy, surf 4-7 feet (moderate).
* All beach fires are banned until further notice.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
09/10 Thu 11:50 AM 7.05 H
09/10 Thu 05:27 PM 2.14 L
09/10 Thu 11:29 PM 7.71 H
09/11 Fri 05:56 AM 0.16 L
In Short: Fog/low clouds, clearing, windy, then mainly clear with sea breezes.