Friday, Sep. 11th – Lincoln County
Summary: Pea soup fog held control of the beaches and headlands most of yesterday with varying periods of sunshine east of 101. Marine clouds through the morning hours conspired with the fog to keep thermometer readings from rising much past 60F; in fact, Waldport didn’t quite make it. The hearty afternoon sea breeze gave the damp air an added push creating an even stronger chilling effect. The wind faded at sunset but fog and low clouds clung to the coast overnight with temps slipping into the low-50s. Visibility at times dropped below a quarter mile. At daybreak, the fog was beginning to lift in some areas and it was dead calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 61F/55F/33mph
Depoe Bay: 62F/51F/21mph
Forecast: We’ll have a few similar days now before an overall change to Fall-like weather with some rain and southerly winds next week. Today through Sunday will probably be near reruns of yesterday though there should be a little more sunshine, less wind and the mercury rebounds into the mid-60s. Fog and low clouds are a pretty good bet for the nights, and low temps are expected to stay up in the mid-50s. Outlook is for increasing clouds and a chance of showers Monday and Tuesday, a possible wet’n’windy storm on Wednesday, and showers Thursday. Temperatures remain seasonal throughout the period.
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: According to the National Weather Service, inland areas of Northwest Oregon may experience the hottest day in September, and possibly for the rest of the year, today. In the Coast Range, sunny with 80-90F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 90-95F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light northeast winds, temps near 95F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 50-60F; sunny today, the free air freezing level is 15,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is warm temperatures and dry roads through Sunday night.
Marine: The breeze is light and variable nearshore but blowing 10 knots at Stonewall Bank this morning with seas 6 feet at 7 seconds, and areas of dense fog. Small Craft Advisories for winds and seas are in effect for local waters out past 10 miles. Today and tonight, northerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20 nearshore, and 15-20 knots gusting 25 offshore 10-60 miles, with seas 4-6 feet at 6-9 seconds. Tomorrow, N winds 10-20 knots, gusting 25 out past 10 miles, with swells/windwaves 4-6 feet. Outlook is for continued N to NW winds 10-20 knots gusting 25 Sunday and Monday, and W winds 5-15 knots Tuesday; swells building to 7 feet. Another early-season storm is possible on Wednesday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
Notice to Mariners… The US Coast Guard will add a Synthetic AIS (Automatic Identification System) identifier to the following safe water lighted buoys: Yaquina Bay Approach Lighted Whistle Buoy “Y” (LLNR 645 – 9575), and Depoe Bay Approach Lighted Whistle Buoy “DB” (LLNR 655 – 9780). The expected date of activation is September 30th. A Synthetic AIS message will not replace the physical buoy but will be broadcast from an AIS Base Station to coincide with the existing physical aid to navigation. Vessels with AIS capable systems will be able to see the symbols and other information on their displays.
On the Beach… Fog, partly sunny later, breezy, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* 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.
09/11 Fri 12:23 PM 7.28 H
09/11 Fri 06:07 PM 1.70 L
09/12 Sat 12:12 AM 7.75 H
09/12 Sat 06:30 AM 0.22 L
In Short: Fog/low clouds, some clearing, then mixed sky and slow change to rain.