Aug 122017

Saturday, August 12th – Lincoln County

Summary: Overcast and foggy yesterday; clouds, fog and mist overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 65F/56F/12mph/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 61F/54F/7mph/0.00”
Newport: 63F/55F/11mph/0.00”
Waldport: 62F/55F/10mph/0.00”
Yachats: 58F/54F/9mph/0.00”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 100’
Visibility: 2 miles/Wind: calm/Altimeter: 30.02”

Forecast: The Air Quality Alert has ended but we’ll still have only filtered sunshine at best today as marine clouds continue to cap the Central Coast. High about 60F and light northwest winds. Tonight, rain is likely under mostly cloudy skies, which is unfortunate because the Perseid Meteor Shower hits it peak. Earth passes through the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle producing an extremely large number of meteors, the likes of which won’t be seen again until the year 2126. The rain turns to the other kind of showers, wet ones, tomorrow, at least in the morning before it dries out. Outlook is for mostly cloudy nights with patchy fog and partly to mostly sunny days Monday through Friday. High temps around 60F and lows 50-55F all week.

Eclipse Viewing… The latest long-range forecast shows mixed clouds and sunshine with 65F on August 21st with a slight chance of showers. But considering fog and marine low clouds, typical of late August mornings, we can expect about a 60% chance that the sky will be at least partially obscured. The 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 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 65-75F. For the Cascades, highways are mainly dry with a few wet spots, 50-55F, a chance of showers or thunderstorms, the snow level is above 8,000 feet.

* Outlook for weekend travelers is wet pavement possible at all elevations tonight, then a chance of showers with mixed wet and dry conditions tomorrow through tomorrow night.

* 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 SW 5 knots this morning with seas 3 feet at 7 seconds. High pressure will continue over Central Coast waters through today then give way to an approaching front so wind backs to SW to W this afternoon as an upper trough approaches. Increasing south wind tonight, but peak gusts should remain at or below 20 knots. The front moves through the area early Sunday morning, followed by high pressure. Thermal low pressure is expected to strengthen along the S Oregon coast Monday, which could bring a period of advisory gusts to 25 knots. Seas will remain below 5 feet through the weekend, but may briefly build to around 6-7 feet early next week due to stronger north wind. * 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 cloudy, patchy fog, light breeze, surf 2-3 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
08/12 Sat 9:56 AM 0.30 L
08/12 Sat 4:33 PM 7.78 H
08/12 Sat 10:38 PM 1.30 L
08/13 Sun 4:43 AM 6.62 H

In Short: Mainly overcast, light wind, rain, then patchy fog and slow clearing.

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