Sunday, July 6th – Lincoln County
Summary: Holiday weekend revelers got another ‘brochure day’ on Saturday with lots of sunshine, a few innocuous clouds giving the sky some texture and a light northwest breeze. The mercury rose into the mid-60s, with Waldport and Lincoln City topping out a shade under 70F. Winds never got above 15 mph, and there was no precipitation recorded. After sunset a bright first quarter Moon adorned the clear, starry sky. About 3:00am, marine overcast formed and held sway through daybreak. Temps fell to the low-50s. As the morning wore on, there was light fog at the beach line and the sun was making a run at burning through the cloud cover.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 69F/55F
Depoe Bay: 64F/54F
Forecast: You might be able to drop your sunscreen down from SPF 30 to 15 today. While the extent of cloud cover is difficult to precisely predict under the current marine-influenced regime, indications are that there could be a little less sunshine early today than yesterday, but still mostly sunny. Highs should still be around 65F and the northwest wind fairly light. Mostly cloudy tonight with a chance of drizzle and lows in the 50s. For tomorrow, look for partly to mostly sunny skies after morning low clouds and possible drizzle, a high of 65-70F and breezier. Outlook is for classic July weather from Tuesday through next weekend with night and morning clouds, mostly sunny days, blustery northwest winds in the afternoons and evenings, highs of 65-70F and lows about 55F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy and 80-90F. Valley destinations will be mostly sunny with highs of 85-90F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy; the freezing level is at 15,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for mainly clear skies, dry pavement and heavier than normal holiday traffic on all highways, especially this afternoon and evening as everyone heads home.
Marine: Dead calm and a 5 foot rolling swell greeted early morning fishermen offshore today. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Conditions are expected to remain placid with a SW breeze of 5 knots veering W this afternoon, seas 5 feet. Tonight, the wind goes N and builds to 10-15 knots gusting 20. For tomorrow, the N wind is projected to be 15-20 knots gusting to 25 and wind waves stacking up to 5 feet or so. Outlook is for a strong Summer set-up for Tuesday through Friday with northerlies 20-25 knots, swells 5-6 feet, and steep wind-generated chop of 6-9 feet.
On the Beach… Sun and clouds, 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.
07/06 Sun 07:40 AM 5.16 H
07/06 Sun 12:57 PM 2.41 L
07/06 Sun 07:45 PM 7.88 H
07/07 Mon 02:49 AM 1.21 L
In Short: Mixed sky, light breeze, then night/morning clouds, sunny days and windy.