Tuesday, Sep. 22nd – Lincoln County
Summary: Clouds were dominant early yesterday but by noon the sea breeze started whisking them away. Mostly sunny skies were the rule for the remainder of the afternoon though it was cooler than recent days as the mercury just barely made 60F. The evening was controlled by a bright First Quarter Moon and the sky stayed clear for most of the night. Low temps were mainly 45-50F, a little cooler than average. A knock-your-socks-off multi-hued sunrise started this morning off, albeit some low clouds were using up a lot of sky, too, and a light northeast breeze was whispering through the pines.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 60F/52F/31mph
Depoe Bay: 62F/51F/24mph
Forecast: If there was anything on the To Do List that you planned to get done this Summer, today’s your last chance. This is the final day of Summer before we switch to Fall when the Autumnal Equinox occurs at 1:22am tomorrow morning (see Weather Factoid below). Look for mixed clouds and sunshine on our concluding day of the season, high temps 60-65F and northeast winds gusting 20 mph. Increasing clouds are expected tonight, and what could be the coolest night since last Spring as the thermometer dips into the low-40s. Partly sunny skies tomorrow to jump-start Autumn, not much wind and a high in the low-60s. Outlook is for mostly cloudy Thursday, a 50-50 chance of rain Friday, and then unsettled conditions through Monday. Temperatures are expected to be generally a little more Fall-like with highs around 60F and lows of 45-50F.
Travel: In the Coast Range, mostly sunny with 65-70F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and a high of 70F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light southwest winds, temps near 70F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the highways this morning, it’s foggy in spots, and temperatures are 35-45F; mostly sunny today, the free air freezing level is 12,000 feet.
Marine: Winds are NE 10-15 knots this morning with seas 5-6 feet at 9 seconds. Northerlies 10-15 knots continue today and tonight, swells falling to 4 feet. A change to southerlies 10-15 knots tomorrow and Thursday with seas building to 6 feet. Outlook is for a return to N winds 10-20 knots Friday and Saturday and swells 5-7 feet through the period. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Patchy fog, mostly sunny, breezy, surf 3-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
09/22 Tue 08:19 AM 5.88 H
09/22 Tue 01:31 PM 3.58 L
09/22 Tue 07:40 PM 7.13 H
09/23 Wed 02:36 AM 0.69 L
In Short: Mainly clear, windy, cool, then increasing clouds and unsettled.
Weather Factoid: So, what exactly is an equinox, anyway? The word equinox comes from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night). We have an equinox twice a year – Spring and Fall – when the tilt of the Earth’s axis and our orbit around the Sun combine in such a way that we’re inclined neither away from nor toward the Sun. Earth’s two hemispheres are receiving the Sun’s rays about equally at equinox-time. Night and day are approximately equal in length over the entire globe. Of course, Earth never stops moving around the Sun and these days of roughly equal light and dark change quickly. Because Earth doesn’t orbit upright, but is instead tilted on its axis by 23.5 degrees, the Northern and Southern Hemispheres trade places throughout the year in receiving the Sun’s light and warmth most directly. So, while we head into Fall, our friends Down Under will see Spring begin tomorrow.