Sunday, Sep. 27th – Lincoln County
Summary: The seasonal changes are becoming more apparent as afternoon high temperatures are just making the 60F mark and overnight lows dip into the 40s. Up in the Coast Range, we’re seeing the mercury fall into the 30s at night. There was lots of sunshine yesterday, but the low angle of our solar heater’s rays don’t have the power they have in Summer, plus the days are much shorter. None of this seemed to affect the sea breeze however as gusts were around 30 mph; Waldport had one to 38 mph. Mainly clear skies with lots of moonshine lasted through the night; Newport dipped to 41F just before sunrise. At daybreak, there were scattered clouds with an east wind at 5 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 60F/50F/28mph
Depoe Bay: 61F/48F/28mph
Forecast: Patchy fog kick-starts today followed by abundant sunshine, highs around 60F and an afternoon sea breeze gusting 25 mph or so. For the lunar eclipse tonight, mostly clear skies are expected, lows dipping into the mid-40s. Summer has a brief return engagement booked for tomorrow, highs of 65-70F and a light northeast wind. Outlook is for patchy fog and drizzle Tuesday, a chance of showers Wednesday, then unsettled conditions with mixed skies and possible showers Thursday through Saturday; seasonal temperatures all week.
Supermoon Total Eclipse: The last occurrence was in 1982, the next won’t be until 2033; it’s a rare phenomenon when the Moon is closest to us in its orbit (perigee) and is simultaneously eclipsed by the Earth’s shadow. That’ll be the case during this evening’s total lunar eclipse. At the same time, it will be September’s Full Harvest Moon. And yes, this incredible celestial show will be visible on the Central Coast. Here is the time schedule.
* Eclipse Begins – 5:11pm (this is before Moonrise)
* Partial Eclipse visible at Moonrise – 6:47pm
* Eclipse Maximum – 7:47pm (Totality)
* Eclipse Ends – 10:22pm
Best viewing will be away from lights in dark areas with a clear vista of the eastern sky.
Travel: In the Coast Range, spots of ice are possible as temps are in the low-30s, mostly sunny later with 65-70F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 70-75F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, east winds gusting 20 mph, temps near 70F. For the Cascades, spots of ice are possible on the highways this morning, temperatures are right at 35F; mostly sunny today, the free air freezing level 11,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mainly dry roads through tonight.
Marine: N winds are blowing 15-25 knots with square 6 foot seas at 6 seconds this morning. Small Craft Advisories for winds and seas are in effect through late tonight. Northerlies 20-25 knots gusting 30 with choppy seas 7 feet at 7 seconds today, tonight and tomorrow morning; winds easing to N 15-20 knots tomorrow afternoon and seas falling to 5 feet at 7 seconds. Outlook is for a NW breeze veering to SW 10-15 knots Tuesday and Wednesday, and then to NE 10-15 knots on Thursday. Swells 4-5 feet during the period. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Patchy fog, mostly sunny, breezy, surf 5-7 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
09/27 Sun 06:02 AM -0.43 L
09/27 Sun 12:26 PM 8.76 H
09/27 Sun 06:28 PM -0.21 L
09/28 Mon 12:46 AM 8.76 H
In Short: Mainly clear, windy, then mixed sky and chance of drizzle/showers.