Saturday, Sep. 19th – Lincoln County
Summary: It one sense, yesterday’s conditions were extraordinary for Summer. Cobalt blue skies, check, brilliant sunshine, check, highs around 65F, check, a strong sea breeze, nope. The lack of wind helped create one of the most idyllic days of the season. While visitors remarked about how gorgeous and pleasant the Central Coast’s weather is, locals chortled under their breath and simply agreed. We knew better, but didn’t let on. Skies stayed mostly clear through sunset and overnight with lows dipping into the 50s, albeit Newport chilled to 48F. At dawn, except for some thin haze along the beaches, it was clear and dead calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 65F/54F
Depoe Bay: 64F/51F
Forecast: We have another beaut in store for us today with abundant sunshine, light winds and the mercury topping out around 65F. For tonight’s Moon Walk at Yaquina Head, viewing of the crescent Moon should be exquisite through the telescopes under clear skies; expect low temps of 50-55F overnight. Tomorrow, projections show some clouds moving in, highs about 65F and a light southwest wind. Outlook is for patchy fog but otherwise mostly clear Monday through Wednesday with hardy sea breezes, and then a weather system is predicted to bring a chance of rain Thursday and Friday. Cool nights are anticipated during the first part of next week as thermometers dip as low as the mid-40s.
Travel: In the Coast Range, mostly sunny with 70-80F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 75-80F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light west winds, temps near 80F. For the Cascades, there is damp pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are right at 40F; mostly sunny today, the free air freezing level is at 13,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is dry roads in all of Northwest Oregon through Sunday night with the Cascades freezing level remaining well above 10,000 feet.
Marine: Hardly a breath of wind and seas just 3-4 feet at 15 seconds are what halibut fishermen will see offshore this morning. Benign conditions are expected to last through the weekend with NW winds 5-10 knots and swells holding at 3-4 feet at 10 seconds or longer. Outlook is for northerlies 15-20 knots Monday, N winds 5-10 knots Tuesday, and then a weather system approaches Wednesday with southerlies 15-20 knots; swells mainly 5-6 feet through the extended period. There’s the potential for a low-end gale and rough seas in the teens by Thursday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, surf 3-4 feet (low).
* The beach fire ban is no longer in effect.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
09/19 Sat 10:17 AM 2.89 L
09/19 Sat 04:33 PM 7.35 H
09/19 Sat 11:20 PM 1.05 L
09/20 Sun 05:56 AM 5.83 H
In Short: Mainly clear, light winds, then fair skies with cool nights.