Monday, Sep. 14th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday may have been Summer’s swan song. Except for a couple brief bouts of fog over the beaches and headlands, skies were mainly sunny, the mercury rose into the low-60s and an afternoon/evening sea breeze blew 20-25 mph; Newport airport recorded a gust of 30 mph for the highest locally. There was considerable starshine through the night with low temps remaining above 50F and not much breeze. Clouds from an approaching weather disturbance arrived just before dawn. This morning, it was mostly cloudy with a northeast wind blowing 5-10 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 63F/55F/29mph
Depoe Bay: 63F/54F/25mph
Forecast: It looks like we’ll be trending toward a more Autumn-like overall weather pattern, beginning today and tonight with mostly cloudy skies, a chance of showers, light northwest winds, high around 60F and a low of 50F. Tomorrow the breeze shifts to the southwest and rain is likely by afternoon; between a tenth and a quarter inch of precipitation is possible. Outlook is for a stronger system to barrel in on Wednesday packing southerlies 30-35 mph and rainfall amounts up to half an inch. Showers remain likely on Thursday, then partial clearing and a slight chance of showers Friday through Sunday. The thermometer is expected to remain seasonal with highs of 60-65F and lows 50-55F throughout the extended 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: The interior of Northwest Oregon may have heard its swan song yesterday, too, as the last of the hot weather ended (temps only reached about 80F) and cooler, wetter conditions are on the way. In the Coast Range, mostly cloudy, chance of showers with 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting overcast, possible showers and highs of 65-70F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for cloudy skies, chance of showers, westerly winds gusting 25 mph, temps near 65F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 40-45F; mostly cloudy today, a chance of showers, the snow level is above 8,000 feet.
Marine: Winds are NNE 10 knots with seas 7 feet at 8 seconds this morning. The northerlies should be lighter today and tonight, 10-15 knots gusting 20, and seas dropping to 4-5 feet. A general trend toward southerly weather begins tomorrow with S winds 10-15 knots, swells 5 feet. Outlook is for a weather system to arrive on Wednesday bringing S winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 and mixed seas 6-9 feet; a SW breeze of 15-20 knots is predicted for Thursday, seas 6 feet, and then S winds on Friday 5-10 knots with swells down to 5 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, a chance of showers, surf 3-5 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.
09/14 Mon 07:32 AM 0.63 L
09/14 Mon 01:52 PM 7.73 H
09/14 Mon 07:53 PM 0.81 L
09/15 Tue 02:06 AM 7.45 H
In Short: Mainly overcast, rain/showers, then wet’n’windy.