Wednesday, July 9th – Lincoln County
Summary: The fog and low clouds seemed to know when to thin-out last night, just in time for a brilliant red-orange sunset. If the old adage is right, Red Sky at Night should mean Sailors Delight. Yesterday, however, most sailors were parked in port as stiff northwest winds whistled through the region at 20-25 mph with peak gusts of 36 mph at Newport and Waldport. High temperatures ranged across the 60s, and no precipitation was recorded. Skies were partly cloudy during much of the night but low overcast and fog returned about 3:00am. This morning it was mostly cloudy and breaking up inland, foggy at the beach, the wind blew moderately out of the northwest and the thermometer hovered around the mid-50s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 69F/58F/32mph
Depoe Bay: 63F/57F/27mph
Forecast: Don’t expect any striking changes in our current weather pattern over the next few days. For the Waldport Wednesday Market today, it should become mostly sunny, high about 65F and northwest winds down a smidge from yesterday. Tonight, the marine layer rebuilds with increasing clouds, low of 55F. Look for gradual clearing tomorrow, easing nor’westers and the mercury rising to a customary 65F. Outlook is blah, blah, blah. You know, night and morning clouds, partly to mostly sunny afternoons, high 65F, low 55F, and varying speeds of northwest winds.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy and 75-85F. Valley destinations will be mostly sunny with highs of 85-90F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy and breezy; the freezing level is at 15,000 feet.
Marine: Red Sky in the Morning, Sailors Take Warning. Winds and seas are maintaining rough conditions offshore early today. The northerly breeze is 15-20 knots and there are 5 foot windwaves topping a 4 foot swell. As of 7:30am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 24 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect from noon today through tomorrow morning. By this afternoon, expect square seas 7 feet at 7 seconds and NW winds 15-20 knots gusting to 25. The N breeze eases late tonight to 10-15 knots, but combined slab-sided seas 8 feet at 8 seconds will keep it danged lumpy. Tomorrow, winds are down slightly to 10-15 knots gusting 20 with combined seas 7 feet at 9 seconds. Outlook is for NW winds 5-15 knots and a 4-5 foot swell Friday through Sunday.
On the Beach… Fog, clouds and sun, breezy, surf 6-7 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
07/09 Wed 11:10 AM 6.05 H
07/09 Wed 03:57 PM 3.01 L
07/09 Wed 10:14 PM 9.18 H
07/10 Thu 05:22 AM -1.02 L
In Short: Night/morning clouds, sunny afternoons, windy, ad infinitum.