WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY


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Weather or Not: A Marine Marathon

Chris Burns Weather

Saturday, May 31st – Lincoln County

Summary: It felt cooler than it looked yesterday. While the Spring sun was beaming brightly under a cloudless sky, cool air blown in off the ocean kept the mercury close to 60F. Northwest winds of 15-20 mph gusting to 25 came up right on schedule just before noon and blew strong into the evening hours. As soon as the breeze faded at sunset, low level marine clouds moved in and remained in place overnight. At 7:00am, there was a low overcast, hardly a breath of wind, and temps in the low-50s for the start of the Newport Marathon.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 64F/47F
Depoe Bay: 61F/45F
Newport: 61F/45F
Waldport: 60F/46F
Yachats: 59F/46F

Forecast: The clouds aren’t very thick this morning and should burn off to some degree today; exactly how much is another question. Under these conditions we have a spread of possible sky conditions, everything from partly to mostly sunny. High today again around 60F or so and northwest winds will be back by lunchtime, 10-15 mph gusting to 25. The marine cloud layer is expected to reform tonight and may be dense enough to produce some drizzle by morning. Lows of 50F and lighter winds. Tomorrow, patchy drizzle is possible in the early part of the day giving way to partly sunny skies by noon. The northwest breeze returns at 10-15 mph gusting to 25. Outlook is for our marathon of similar marine-influenced weather to endure for the foreseeable future, although night and morning clouds should become less of a prospect by Tuesday.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy with 65-75F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 75-80F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy, slight chance of thunderstorms, with the freezing level at 8,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for mostly sunny days, partly cloudy nights and generally dry pavement through Sunday.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 78”, a loss of 3” since yesterday.

Marine: The breeze has subsided overnight and is down to N 10-15 knots this morning with seas at 6 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 16 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Though conditions are fair this morning, they’ll be deteriorating again as the day wears on. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this afternoon, and a Small Craft Advisory for winds starts at 11:00am this morning and runs through this evening. Today, N winds building to 15-20 knots gusting 25 with steep, choppy seas 5-6 feet at 7 seconds. The same for tonight and tomorrow, though there should be an easing of breeze and seas from midnight to noon. Outlook is for N winds 20-25 knots with 8-foot seas rising to 10 feet by Tuesday.

On the Beach… Sun and clouds, breezy after noon, surf 5-6 feet (low).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
05/31 Sat 08:50 AM -0.98 L
05/31 Sat 03:39 PM 6.74 H
05/31 Sat 08:45 PM 3.06 L
06/01 Sun 02:31 AM 7.77 H

In Short: Mixed sky, windy afternoons and evenings, then repeat.

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