Thursday, Sep. 24th – Lincoln County
Summary: The effects of a minor weather disturbance gave us a potpourri of conditions yesterday, but overall not bad for the beginning of Autumn. The mercury climbed into the low-60s, much of the day was sunny and southwest winds generated by the low pressure wave never got above 20 mph. There was a bout of cloudiness in the late afternoon, most of which cleared in time for sunset, though fog developed along the beaches about the same time. Skies were mixed overnight with a peek-a-boo Moon and low temps mainly in the upper-40s. At daybreak, low clouds masked the blue and it was dead calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 61F/50F
Depoe Bay: 61F/48F
Forecast: The dartboard is out for this next stretch of weather as computer models struggle with a contorted atmosphere. Today should be partly to mostly cloudy, followed by a 50-50 chance of some rain tonight and tomorrow. Winds are projected to be light sou’westers and temps near normal, highs 60-65F, lows 50-55F. Outlook is for mostly sunny Saturday, and then a blend of clouds, clearing, possible showers and mainly northwest winds Sunday through Wednesday with seasonal thermometer readings.
Winter 2015-16 Outlook: The Old Farmers Almanac predicts a wet and mild Winter ahead for the Pacific Northwest. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center agrees that temperatures are expected to be mild, mainly above normal, and gives equal chances to above, below or normal precipitation. However, an unusual combination of oceanographic conditions along the West Coast has led some climate scientists to predict a very dry Winter for the Northwest. One peculiar situation is something known colloquially as the ‘Blob’, an extraordinarily large and warm body of water that has developed in the Northeast Pacific Ocean. The other component is a strengthening El Niño, which could be the strongest in almost two decades. Together, these two elements may significantly alter atmospheric patterns and steer moisture away from our area this Winter.
Travel: In the Coast Range, partly cloudy with 70-75F. Valley destinations are expecting partly sunny and highs of 75-80F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for partly sunny skies, light northeast winds, temps near 80F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 45-50F; partly cloudy today, the free air freezing level is 12,000 feet.
Marine: With a weather system offshore this morning, winds are S 10 knots with seas 6 feet at 11 seconds. Southerlies are predicted to rise to 10-15 knots gusting 20 today, windwaves 3 feet atop 5 foot swells. Tonight, the breeze veers NW gusting 15 knots after midnight, seas 5 feet at 8 seconds. NW winds 10-15 knots are on tap for tomorrow with swells 5 feet at 10 seconds. Outlook is for northerlies 15-25 knots Saturday through Monday and choppy seas 5-7 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, surf 4-5 feet (low).
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09/24 Thu 10:16 AM 6.90 H
09/24 Thu 03:51 PM 2.43 L
09/24 Thu 09:59 PM 7.84 H
09/25 Fri 04:29 AM -0.11 L
In Short: Mainly overcast, light winds, then chance of rain and unsettled.