Thursday, Sep. 17th – Lincoln County
Summary: Unlike typical weather systems this time of year, yesterday’s was a day late and a dollop short. It was tardy by about 24 hours and then arrived in segments with cloudy skies and fairly warm temperatures preceding the southwest wind. And finally, the main precipitation didn’t show up until almost sunset and then it came in waves during the night instead of a traditional steady rain. Overall however, predictions were pretty accurate when we peruse the stats, except rainfall totals were a bit less than projections. By early this morning, it looked like the heaviest downpours had passed and the breeze faded to a light southerly.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 67F/56F/19mph/0.48”
Depoe Bay: 65F/53F/19mph/0.26”
Forecast: We’re on the mend. Recuperation may take most of today as a few more showers are probable, but there may be some sunbreaks later, not much wind and highs around 65F. Patchy fog is likely tonight with the wet ground and some clearing above; lows of 50-55F. Tomorrow, mostly sunny after the morning fog burns off, light winds and a high of 65F. Outlook is for a nice weekend with mostly sunny days and partly cloudy nights, a slight chance of showers on Monday, and then mostly clear Tuesday and Wednesday. Daytime mercury readings should be about normal at 65F, but overnight lows may begin dipping into the 40s early next week.
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, showers likely with 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting showers and highs of 65-70F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, west winds gusting 20 mph, temps near 70F. For the Cascades, there is wet pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 40-45F; showers and breezy today, the snow level is at 7,000 feet.
Marine: The wind is blowing WSW 10-15 knots this morning and seas are 7 feet at 9 seconds. For today, SW winds 10-15 knots gusting 20, swells 6 feet at 9 seconds with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. The breeze hangs around the southerly quadrant at 5-10 knots tonight and tomorrow, seas 6 feet subsiding to 4 feet. Outlook is for N to NW winds 5-10 knots Saturday and Sunday, veering to N 10-15 knots on Monday, swells 4-6 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, showers, breezy, surf 6 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.
09/17 Thu 09:04 AM 1.87 L
09/17 Thu 03:20 PM 7.65 H
09/17 Thu 09:43 PM 0.78 L
09/18 Fri 04:06 AM 6.50 H
In Short: Mainly overcast, showers, then clearing and drying.