Friday, Sep. 18th – Lincoln County
Summary: As anticipated, the last of the showers dissipated in the morning and the rest of yesterday turned out fairly nice with partly cloudy skies, no further precipitation, light southwest winds and a high in the mid-60s. The atmosphere was stable along the coast, unlike inland where cold-core funnel clouds were reported near Hillsboro and Albany on Thursday afternoon. Scattered clouds continued past sunset and into the night before the sky became completely clear just after midnight; temps dipped into the low-50s. Although areas of fog had been predicted for this morning, all that developed was a little haze along the beaches. At dawn, there was lotsa blue above and winds blew light out of the east.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 64F/55F/~0.01”
Depoe Bay: 61F/54F/0.01”
Forecast: In general, we’re returning to a common late-Summer pattern for the next several days. Mostly sunny skies today and tomorrow with light winds and patchy fog tonight; highs 60-65F and lows around 50F. Outlook is for partly to mostly cloudy on Sunday, mainly clear Monday through Wednesday, and a chance of rain on Thursday. The mercury should top out in the low-60s each day but start slipping into the 40s at night as we approach Autumn, which begins next Wednesday.
Fire Restrictions: Due to recent rain and lower temperatures, the Oregon State Parks fire ban has been canceled for all Central Coast beaches, campgrounds and day-use parks. The ban has also been lifted in other parts of the state. For details click here.
Travel: In the Coast Range, mostly sunny with 70-75F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and a high of 75F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light west winds, temps near 75F. For the Cascades, there is damp pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 35-40F; mostly sunny today, the free air freezing level is at 10,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is dry roads in all of Northwest Oregon through Sunday night with the Cascades freezing level remaining above 10,000 feet.
Marine: Fairly mellow conditions exist this morning with seas down to 5 feet at 9 seconds and winds SSE 5-10 knots. Expect southerlies today 5-10 knots gusting 15 with 4 foot swells and areas of fog before noon. The breeze veers to NW 5-10 knots tonight, swells holding at 4 feet. Tomorrow, light N wind 5 knots, swells 4 feet. Outlook is for nor’westers on Sunday, 5-10 knots, and then northerlies 10-20 knots Monday and Tuesday; swells 5-6 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
Notice to Mariners… The m/v Yaquina is again dredging in Yaquina Bay, from the entrance through the harbor, now until next Wednesday, September 23rd. The Yaquina crew monitors VHF Channels 13 and 16.
On the Beach… Fog early, becoming sunny, surf 3-5 feet (low).
* The beach fire ban has been canceled.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
09/18 Fri 09:38 AM 2.38 L
09/18 Fri 03:53 PM 7.51 H
09/18 Fri 10:28 PM 0.91 L
09/19 Sat 04:56 AM 6.13 H
In Short: Mainly clear, patchy fog, then fair skies with cool nights.