Sunday, October 4th – Lincoln County
Summary: You didn’t need a weather station to record yesterday’s conditions. In what may be the last hurrah for a Summer-like weekend, the throngs of visitors who flocked to the Central Coast and its attractions were as good a measuring stick as any. Sunshine ruled the day albeit the mercury topped out at only 60F and the sea breeze ramped-up to 20-25 mph. By sunset, the breeze was quickly fading and some haze developed along the beaches. Fair skies continued overnight, lows were around 50F. Early this morning, blue skies and a warm east wind promised another auspicious day.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 61F/50F
Depoe Bay: 62F/49F
Forecast: Does a late-season warm spell and a profusion of woolly bear caterpillars sporting large orange bands foreshadow a mild winter? Probably. But, predicted above-average temperatures will have more to do with warm El Niño ocean currents than fuzzy little moth larvae. In a report issued this morning, the UK Met Office says this year’s El Niño may be the strongest on record. We could easily buy into that statement today and tomorrow with the sunshine, warm east winds and expected high temperatures of 70-75F (past record highs for today are in the 80s). Outlook, however, is for a quick change Tuesday as increasing clouds and fog taint the sky, followed by a chance of rain and/or showers Wednesday through Saturday. The thermometer is projected to remain a bit above normal, highs of 60-65F and lows of 50-55F. Long term forecasts are still indicating a possible coastal wind and rain event next weekend, though details remain sketchy.
Travel: In the Coast Range, sunny and windy with 75-80F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine, breezy and a high of 80F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, east winds gusting 20-25 mph, temps near 75F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 45-50F; mostly sunny today, gusty winds, the free air freezing level is 13,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is dry roads in all of Northwest Oregon through tonight.
Marine: NE winds are about 10 knots this morning with lumpy seas 7 feet at 9 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect until 9:00pm this evening for local waters out past 10 miles. Nearer shore today and tonight, N winds 10-15 knots gusting 20, but farther offshore 15-20 knots gusting 25; swells 4-5 feet with 3-4 foot windwaves. Tomorrow, NE winds 5-15 knots, seas 3 feet. Outlook is for a wind switch to southerlies 10-20 knots Tuesday through Thursday, swells/chop 4-6 feet. A storm may affect our area next weekend. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Sunny, warm, surf 3-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
10/04 Sun 11:47 AM 3.25 L
10/04 Sun 05:55 PM 7.54 H
10/05 Mon 12:47 AM 0.55 L
10/05 Mon 07:37 AM 6.49 H
In Short: Clear, warm, then cloudy with fog, rain and showers.