Tuesday, Sep. 15th – Lincoln County
Summary: You had to run around to get wet in the few raindrops that fell yesterday. Newport and Depoe Bay had a recordable amount, but our other communities fell short. The light precipitation joined a conglomerate of conditions as clouds and sunshine played tag all day while the breeze was light and variable. Thermometers struggled to reach 60F, some didn’t. Scattered clouds rounded out the day and partially obscured the overnight period; lows dipped into the 40s. At dawn, it was mainly overcast with some haze along the beaches and a light northeast wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 62F/52F/~0.01”
Depoe Bay: 58F/48F/0.02”
Forecast: The Northwest is unquestionably cooling down as we head toward the beginning of Fall next week. There’s actually a slight chance of snow in the Cascade passes today and a freeze advisory for Bend-Redmond tonight. The effect locally will be a wet’n’windy weather system headed our way, probably arriving late this evening. Today, look for an increasing chance of rain with highs around 60F and light southwest winds. The odds for rain go up to 50-50 tonight, low of 50F. Stormy tomorrow and tomorrow night as the breeze ramps-up to southerly 15-25 mph gusting 30-35 with rainfall totals from a half to one inch possible. Outlook is for showers likely on Thursday, partial clearing and drying Friday and Saturday, and a chance of rain again Sunday and Monday. Temperatures are projected to be a little below seasonal with highs around 60F and lows of 50F.
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.
Drought Update… For the latest on Oregon’s water supply and drought conditions, click here to view a PDF of NOAA’s newest report/outlook.
Travel: In the Coast Range, mostly cloudy, chance of rain with 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting overcast, slight chance of rain and a high of 65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies, chance of rain, light west winds, temps near 65F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are right at 35F; mostly cloudy today, a chance of rain, the snow level is near the passes at 5,000 feet.
Marine: Winds have backed to the S 10 knots this morning and seas are 5 feet at 8 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from tomorrow morning through tomorrow evening for waters inside 10 miles from shore, but this Advisory goes into effect this evening beyond 10 miles out. And a Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect late tonight through Wednesday evening from 10-60 miles offshore. Southerlies rising to 10-15 knots gusting 20 today, swells 4 feet at 8 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow, S winds picking up to 20-25 knots gusting 30 and windwaves building to 5-8 feet; strongest winds and roughest seas are expected beyond 10 miles from shore. Outlook is for sou’westers 10 knots gusting 15 on Thursday, W winds 5-10 knots Friday, and a northerly 5-10 knots Saturday; swells 7 feet falling to 5 feet by the weekend. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, a chance of rain, surf 3-4 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.
09/15 Tue 08:02 AM 0.97 L
09/15 Tue 02:21 PM 7.76 H
09/15 Tue 08:28 PM 0.70 L
09/16 Wed 02:43 AM 7.19 H
In Short: Mainly overcast, rain/showers, wet’n’windy, then clearing and drying.