Friday, July 4th – Lincoln County
Summary: The remnants of an upper-level weather disturbance drifted through our area yesterday, but couldn’t muster the strength to dampen spirits or the ground. All we had to deal with were a few high clouds at times; otherwise Ol’ Sol had the upper hand. High temps were mostly in the mid-60s, following overnight lows of 55F or so. Northwest winds blew 10-15 mph gusting into the low-20s from noon to 7:00pm and no precipitation was recorded. By fireworks time in Waldport, the breeze had faded to 5-10 mph and partly cloudy skies fashioned an ideal canvas for the spectacular show. Overnight saw a few passing clouds, no wind and low temps in the 50s. Sunny skies this morning kick-started our 238th birthday party.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 68F/54F
Depoe Bay: 64F/53F
Forecast: Barbecues will be smokin’ today, the heavens alive with stunning fireworks tonight and your Independence Day activities will unfold under partly to mostly clear skies. Expect the mercury to peak around 65F this afternoon, and there doesn’t look like much breeze in the forecast. For tonight’s Central Coast fireworks shows, look for a few clouds, light and variable winds and tee-shirt temperatures. Tomorrow there could be more cloud cover, along with a tad of north wind and highs about 65F. Outlook is for partly sunny Sunday, then mixed sky and windy conditions during the week ahead, temperatures ranging from 55F to 70F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy and 70-80F. Valley destinations will be mostly sunny with highs near 80F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy; the freezing level is at 14,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for mainly clear skies, dry pavement and heavier than normal traffic on all highways. Look for congestion near evening fireworks displays, with the longest delays expected in the Portland area at the I-5 Bridge before and after the Vancouver fireworks display tonight.
Marine: If your holiday plans include going offshore, conditions will be fairly benign. This morning, there’s a N wind at 10 knots and swells 4-5 feet with very little chop. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Northerlies of 5-10 knots gusting 15 are predicted for today and tonight with seas 3-4 feet. Tomorrow, the breeze backs to the S 5-10 knots and the swell hovers around 4 feet. Outlook is for light W to NW wind on Sunday at 5 knots and seas of 5 feet. Monday and Tuesday look for a bona fide Summer pattern with afternoon and evening nor’westers 20-25 knots and a 5 foot chop.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, light wind, 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.
07/04 Fri 11:22 AM 1.37 L
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In Short: Partly cloudy, moderate breeze, then clear and windy.