Wednesday, Sep. 16th – Lincoln County
Summary: The first wave of an approaching weather system came through yesterday producing just enough rain to wet the ground for a while. Temps were cool at about 60F and winds light and variable. A second wave passed through the Central Coast overnight with precipitation totals around a tenth of an inch and the mercury dipping into the 40s. At daybreak, we were between the leading showers and the main rain front; skies were mixed, but clouds thickening and the wind picking up in our southern section where Yachats had a gust near 30 mph just after sunrise.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 62F/52F/0.11”
Depoe Bay: 59F/49F/0.10”
Forecast: A weakening low pressure system may get a tardy slip, but it’s still headed our way. Expect the southerly breeze to rise to 10-20 mph gusting 30-35 today and tonight with total rainfall projected at half an inch or better, and high temps of 55-60F. Tomorrow, the system dissipates, albeit showers may linger through the morning hours before sunbreaks appear, winds go light and the mercury stays cool at around 60F. Outlook is for clearing and drying for Friday through Sunday, then another chance of rain develops early next week. Temperatures are predicted to return to seasonal highs of 65F and lows of 50-55F through 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: In the Coast Range, rainy and windy with 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting rain, breezy and a high of 65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, light east winds, temps 65-70F. For the Cascades, there is wet pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are right at 40F; rain today, the snow level is above the passes at 6,500 feet.
Marine: The breeze is SE 10-15 knots this morning and seas are 6-7 feet at 6 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect through this evening as the wind veers to the S and rises to 20-30 knots gusting 35 with rough windwaves building to 8 feet at 7 seconds. Tonight, SW winds 15-20 knots gusting 30 and combined steep seas 9-10 feet at 10 seconds. Seas and breeze relax tomorrow as the wind drops to W 10-15 knots and seas fall to 7 feet at 10 seconds. Outlook is for WNW winds 5-10 knots Friday through Sunday with swells around 5 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Cloudy, rain, breezy, surf 8 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.
09/16 Wed 08:32 AM 1.39 L
09/16 Wed 02:50 PM 7.73 H
09/16 Wed 09:04 PM 0.70 L
09/17 Thu 03:23 AM 6.87 H
In Short: Overcast, rainy & windy, showers, then clearing and drying.