Thursday, August 17th – Lincoln County
Summary: Mostly sunny, breezy yesterday; cloudy, patchy fog overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 68F/58F/27mph/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 64F/53F/22mph/0.00”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 1,800’
Visibility: 5 miles/Wind: NNE 5 mph/Altimeter: 30.21”
Forecast: Stable weather is in the cards for the next several days with a typical Summer pattern of night/morning low clouds and fog, followed by clearing and breezy conditions in the afternoons/evenings. The mercury should hold near seasonal averages – highs 60-65F and lows 50-55F throughout the extended period.
Eclipse Viewing… The countdown for Monday’s Great American Solar Eclipse continues. With just four days left, forecasters are saying it’ll be partly to mostly clear here on the Central Coast during the eclipse itself, from 9:00am-11:30am, depending on how fast any morning low clouds burn off. As of today, projections show the thickest and most persistent marine layer developing north of Newport, outside the path of totality. The real wildcard of course is fog, often appearing and disappearing quickly especially at prime viewing locations like the beaches and headlands. National Weather Service eclipse website is here.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are dry, temps 55-60F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, thermometer readings 60-65F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 60-70F. For the Cascades, highways are dry, 45-50F, the free air freezing level is 15,000 feet. * An interactive map of the latest Northwest/Central Oregon travel weather is available here. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: Winds are NW 5-10 knots this morning with seas 5 feet at 10 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from 1:00pm this afternoon through late tonight. High pressure will remain over Central Coast waters through early next week, with thermal low pressure over Northwest California and Southwest Oregon. This will keep our summer-time northerlies in place, with breezy conditions developing in the afternoon/evening hours for the next several days, especially south of Newport. Additional advisories are likely this weekend. Seas will generally be around 5-7 feet through the period, but may build up to 8 feet at times as the winds increase. Seas may also become steep during the afternoon/evening hours. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, breezy, 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.
08/17 Thu 9:46 AM 6.00 H
08/17 Thu 2:50 PM 2.95 L
08/17 Thu 9:12 PM 8.44 H
08/18 Fri 4:10 AM -0.61 L
In Short: Night/morning clouds/fog, clearing/windy afternoons/evenings.