Monday, Sep. 21st – Lincoln County
Summary: A mini-storm blew through overnight while you slept leaving behind a few hundredths of an inch of rainfall and a blast of northeast wind. This was the brunt of the front that was expected and it is now inland moving away from our area. The quick change came after a lovely sunny day with hardly any wind and thermometer readings in the upper-60s. The clouds from the weather system arrived about on schedule just before sunset and it was overcast all night; low temps were warmish at 55F. This morning, the clouds were quickly dissipating and a northerly wind was blowing about 10 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Gust…
Lincoln City: 66F/56F/0.06”/22mph
Depoe Bay: 65F/56F/0.04”/23mph
Forecast: The biggest difference over the short range will be cool nights, perhaps the chilliest since last Spring, as we rush headlong toward the Autumnal Equinox at 1:22am Wednesday morning. Today, tonight and tomorrow should be mainly clear except for patchy fog with highs around 65F, lows in the 40s, and a stiff sea breeze gusting 25-30 mph. Outlook is for mostly sunny Wednesday, partly sunny on Thursday, and then a weak weather system with a chance of rain Friday. For the longer term, in the words of the National Weather Service, “Differences among the models become even more pronounced after that system moves through with forecast confidence about as high as if a dart board were actually involved.” Thanks for your honesty, guys.
Travel: In the Coast Range, mostly sunny with 65-70F. Valley destinations are expecting gradual clearing 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 bare pavement on the highways this morning, it’s foggy, and temperatures are 45-50F; chance of showers early today, mostly sunny later, the snow level is above 8,000 feet.
Marine: In the wake of three mellow days with sunshine and light winds offshore, the breeze is back this morning blowing N 20-25 knots and seas are 6 feet at 9 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect through late tonight. Northerlies 20-25 knots gusting 30 before easing to 15-20 knots after midnight, mixed swells/windwaves 4-6 feet at 6-9 seconds. Tomorrow, N winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 with swells 6 feet at 9 seconds. Outlook is for the breeze to veer to SE 5-10 knots on Wednesday, then S 10-15 knots Thursday and W 10-15 knots on Friday; swells 6-7 feet all week. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, breezy, surf 5-6 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
09/21 Mon 07:05 AM 5.72 H
09/21 Mon 12:14 PM 3.60 L
09/21 Mon 06:26 PM 7.08 H
09/22 Tue 01:29 AM 0.99 L
In Short: Mainly clear, windy, cool nights, then ‘dartboardy’ late in the week.