Sunday, Sep. 20th – Lincoln County
Summary: Two in a row. Yesterday was a carbon copy of Friday with mainly clear skies, a light sea breeze that never reached 20 mph and high temperatures in the mid-60s. The sunset was at least a 9 on a scale of 10 and the waxing crescent Moon dazzled the early part of the star-studded night. The first sign of change appeared just after midnight when a few clouds worked their way in from the north; low temps dipped into the 50s. By 5:00am, it was totally overcast and we started to see some fog form about an hour later. At dawn, skies were cloudy, there was patchy fog and a light east wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 66F/54F
Depoe Bay: 64F/52F
Forecast: There won’t be a third in the current series of unusually brilliant days. A minor weather disturbance is shuffling the atmosphere so we’re being dealt some clouds today, high 60-65F and light southerlies. There’s even a slight chance of some rain tonight, but it doesn’t look like we’ll get much if any. Tomorrow, we draw an ace as the sunshine returns after patchy morning fog, the mercury rises to 65F and a strong Summer sea breeze ramps up to 15-20 mph gusting 30. Outlook is for continued mostly clear Tuesday and Wednesday with cool nights in the 40s, followed by a storm system on Thursday and Friday with a chance of rain, and then showers remain possible on Saturday. Overall, the deck has been reshuffled for Fall, which begins on Wednesday, and we’ll probably start seeing weather systems regularly alternating with clearing periods.
Travel: In the Coast Range, partly cloudy, chance of rain with 70-80F. Valley destinations are expecting mainly sunshine and highs of 75-80F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, slight chance of rain, light west winds, temps near 80F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 45-50F; mostly sunny today, the free air freezing level is at 14,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mainly dry roads in all of Northwest Oregon through tonight except for the Cascades where there’s a slight chance of showers and the snow level drops to 8,000 feet.
Marine: Conditions continue favorable offshore this morning with a southerly 5 knots and swells 3-4 feet at 8 seconds. The breeze veers to W 5-10 knots today with swells 4 feet at 9 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow, northerlies kick in at 10-15 knots gusting 20 and seas build to 5 feet. Outlook is for N winds 20-25 knots tomorrow night with windwaves 4 feet on a 5 foot swell; a little lighter Tuesday, N winds 10-15 knots gusting 20, and 5 foot swells. Then, a storm system is expected Wednesday into Thursday bringing southerlies 15-25 knots and choppy seas around 6 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, 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.
09/20 Sun 11:08 AM 3.33 L
09/20 Sun 05:23 PM 7.18 H
09/21 Mon 12:21 AM 1.10 L
09/21 Mon 07:05 AM 5.72 H
In Short: Mainly overcast, light winds, then clear, breezy, cool nights, and stormy by midweek.