Friday, October 2nd – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday’s daylight period began and ended under low clouds with fog, but the middle portion was sunny. The bookend clouds kept the midday October Sun from generating much extra heat so the thermometer had its work cut out for it and highs barely closed in on 60F. The northwest wind felt chilly albeit gusts were only in the low teens. Clouds and fog rapidly swept back in around 4:00pm shutting down the otherwise beautiful Fall conditions. Low overcast, haze and fog held sway overnight with low temps averaging about 50F. At daybreak, it was still cloudy, foggy in spots and dead calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 59F/52F
Depoe Bay: 57F/49F
Forecast: If the prognosticators are right, we could see sunshine and a high in the low-70s on Sunday. Of course, always take this with a grain of salt in October because overall weather patterns are somewhat unstable this time of year. Currently, the potential is there for a northeast wind and a California thermal-low combining over the weekend to produce Summer-like conditions. Today, won’t be like that, however. It’ll probably remain mostly cloudy and cool with a high of 60F or so and moderate northwest winds. Tonight, cloudy and windy with a slight chance of showers, low about 50F. Mostly sunny skies are in the cards for tomorrow and a little warmer, highs of 60-65F. Outlook is for clear with a high of 70-75F possible on Sunday, clear and cooler Monday, partial clearing Tuesday, increasing clouds with a chance of showers/rain Wednesday and Thursday. Temperatures near seasonal all week except for the outlier on Sunday.
Travel: In the Coast Range, mostly cloudy with 60-70F. Valley destinations are expecting partial clearing and highs of 70-75F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, a slight chance of showers, west winds gusting 20, temps near 75F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 40-50F; partly cloudy today, the free air freezing level is 11,000 feet.
Marine: Winds are light and variable this morning but swells have grown to 8 feet at 14 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect beyond 10 miles from shore this afternoon through late tonight. Nearshore winds today NW 5-10 knots, but out past 10 miles NW winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 with swells 6 feet. Tonight, nearshore winds rising to NW 10-15 knots gusting 20, and offshore winds NW 15-20 knots gusting 25; swells 7 feet and windwaves 4-5 feet. The breeze veers to N 5-15 knots gusting 20 tomorrow, seas holding at 7 feet. Outlook is for NE winds 5-15 knots gusting 20 on Sunday and Monday, and southerlies 5-10 knots Tuesday with swells 4-6 feet through the period. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Partly sunny, breezy, surf 5-6 feet (moderate).
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10/02 Fri 09:47 AM 2.04 L
10/02 Fri 04:02 PM 8.71 H
10/02 Fri 10:40 PM -0.48 L
10/03 Sat 05:18 AM 7.04 H
In Short: Mostly cloudy, windy tonight, then warm and clear.