Wednesday, Sep. 23rd – Lincoln County
Summary: Summer’s last fling yesterday included ample sunshine and a sea breeze, but the thermometer was tainted by seasonal cooling and barely made 60F. Skies were mostly clear through the evening and the northwest wind died out around sunset. Fall arrived under starshine and a waxing gibbous Moon shortly after midnight when we reached the Autumnal Equinox. Scattered clouds developed before dawn and temperatures dropped into the 40s. This morning, the clouds were breaking up and a light east wind ruffled the Autumn leaves.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 60F/49F
Depoe Bay: 59F/46F
Forecast: Fall begins right where Summer left off with mostly sunny skies today and high temps in the low-60s, though there probably won’t be a sea breeze of any note this afternoon as the wind backs to southwest. Mostly cloudy skies are expected tonight, lows about 50F. Partly sunny tomorrow, high 60-65F, and light winds. Outlook is for a 50-50 chance of rain on Friday, followed by unsettled conditions and a chance of showers with sunbreaks through Monday; seasonal temperatures are projected as highs reach 60-65F and lows drop to 45-50F.
Travel: In the Coast Range, partly cloudy with 65-75F. Valley destinations are expecting mainly sunshine and a high of 75F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light southwest winds, temps near 75F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 35-45F; mostly sunny today, the free air freezing level is 11,000 feet.
Marine: Winds have backed to S 5-10 knots this morning with seas 5 feet at 10 seconds. Southerlies 10-15 knots are expected today and tonight with a few gusts to 20 knots this afternoon, mixed swells/windwaves 3-4 feet. Tomorrow, the breeze veers to SW 5-10 knots and swells build to 5 feet. Outlook is for a switch to northerlies 10-20 knots Friday through Sunday; swells 4-5 feet during the period. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, surf 5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
09/23 Wed 09:24 AM 6.31 H
09/23 Wed 02:47 PM 3.16 L
09/23 Wed 08:54 PM 7.41 H
09/24 Thu 03:36 AM 0.28 L
In Short: Mainly clear, light winds, cooler, then increasing clouds and chance of rain.