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Flying the Red Flag

By: NewportOr , 3:12 PM GMT on September 04, 2014

Thursday, September 4th – Lincoln County

Summary: Yesterday was probably the last ‘normal’ Summer day for a while. A few morning clouds quickly gave way to sunny skies and seasonal temperatures in the 60s. Northwest winds blew 10-15 mph with gusts into the 20s, and no precipitation was recorded. Skies remained clear through the evening and overnight with low temps mostly dropping into the 40s; Waldport had the lowest low, while Lincoln City reported the highest low. This morning, it was clear except for a little haze along the beaches, the wind was light out of the northeast, and the furnace came on.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 68F/51F
Depoe Bay: 62F/49F
Newport: 64F/46F
Waldport: 61F/45F
Yachats: 65F/49F

Forecast: A Red Flag Warning for all of Lincoln County goes into effect at noon today and runs through Saturday at 11:00pm. Dry fuels, low relative humidity, warm temperatures, gusty east winds and an unstable atmosphere could quickly add up to wildfire. Blazes under these conditions can spread explosively through ground cover, brush and trees. Be extremely careful with all sources of ignition including campfires, burns piles, fireworks, smoking, et al. So, as we head into a short-lived heat wave, the mercury climbs to 70-75F today along with northerly winds of 10-15 mph gusting to 20 or so. Clear skies are expected tonight with a northeast wind and lows about 50F. Tomorrow looks like the real barnburner with afternoon temperatures of 75-80F, possibly even higher, and gusty east winds developing by evening. Outlook is for reverting to typical coastal Summer weather by late Saturday after a high of 70F or thereabouts. Fog developing and mostly cloudy skies are predicted for Sunday; cooler, too, with the thermometer stabilizing around 65F. There’s a slight chance of showers during the early part of next week.

Travel: Red Flag Warning is in effect beginning at noon for all of Northwest Oregon. In the Coast Range today, sunny and 80-85F. Valley destinations will have sunny skies with highs of 85-90F. For the Cascades, sunny; the freezing level is at 12,000 feet.

Marine: Northerly winds are blowing 10-15 knots this morning with choppy seas 7 feet at 9 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 26 feet and less, and for uninspected passenger vessels 20 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through tomorrow morning. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas goes into effect at 11:00am this morning and runs through tomorrow morning. N winds rising today and tonight to 20-25 knots gusting 30 and rough combined seas 9 feet at 8 seconds. Tomorrow, northerlies 15-20 knots with gusts to 25 and lumpy short-period seas of 7 feet at 8 seconds. Outlook is for N winds 10-15 knots and combined choppy seas of 6-7 feet Saturday and Sunday.

On the Beach... Mostly sunny, breezy, surf 5-7 feet (moderate).
* The Water Contact Advisory remains in effect for Devils Lake in Lincoln City until further notice.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
09/04 Thu 09:23 AM 6.21 H
09/04 Thu 02:23 PM 3.31 L
09/04 Thu 08:34 PM 8.32 H
09/05 Fri 03:38 AM -0.02 L

In Short: Mainly clear, windy, then hot, but cooling by the weekend.

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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