Friday, July 11th – Lincoln County
Summary: Sure, yesterday’s fortified marine push created thicker morning clouds which lasted a little longer, but its major effect was stifling the breeze. Afternoon northwest winds were much lighter than previous days, at 10-15 mph with a few gusts into the low 20s. High temps were once again spread across the 60s with Yachats just missing the mark. Mostly clear skies prevailed until about midnight when the low clouds returned, lasting into this morning. The thermometer eased down into the low-50s. At daybreak, it was cloudy, foggy and nearly calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 68F/55F
Depoe Bay: 61F/53F
Forecast: For opening day of the 2014 Lincoln County Fair today, clouds and some sunshine, high 65F and light northwest winds. Tonight’s nearly full super-moon (see Weather Factoid below) may be visible, depending on how soon and how thick low clouds develop; low temps in the 50s. Partly to mostly sunny skies are predicted for the Fair tomorrow after morning overcast, and the mercury should rise to its customary 65F. Outlook is for roughly the same pattern for the next week, with increasing northwest winds by Sunday or Monday and maybe a tad warmer at 65-70F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms and 80-90F. Valley destinations will be mostly sunny with highs of 90F. For the Cascades, mostly cloudy, a chance of showers and thunderstorms; the freezing level is at 8,000 feet.
Marine: N winds are only about 10 knots this morning, but seas are still a little steep, 7 feet at 8 seconds, and visibility is restricted in fog. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 20 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. For today and tonight, N winds 10-15 knots, a NW swell of 5-6 feet and a 2 foot wind chop. Tomorrow, light southerlies are expected early in the day at 5-10 knots veering westerly in the afternoon, seas subsiding to 3 feet. Outlook is for N winds Sunday through Tuesday, 5-15 knots, with gusts to 20 in the afternoons and evenings, and seas leveling off at 5-7 feet.
On the Beach… Fog, clouds and sun, light breeze, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* Gray whale viewing from shore is excellent right now. If you want to see them up close, the best spots are Depoe Bay, Boiler Bay and Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area.
* Public health advisories were issued yesterday due to higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at D River Beach in Lincoln County, and Heceta Beach in Lane County. To check the current status of Central Coast beaches, click here.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
07/11 Fri 12:47 PM 7.05 H
07/11 Fri 05:49 PM 2.64 L
07/11 Fri 11:55 PM 9.85 H
07/12 Sat 06:53 AM -1.95 L
In Short: Night/morning clouds, partly to mostly sunny afternoons, light winds, then repeat.
Weather Factoid: For the next two nights, a super-moon will rise after sunset. For July, it’s called the Full Buck Moon because it is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer start growing out of their heads coated in velvet fur. The Moon is actually full at 4:25am PDT tomorrow morning, when it will be low in the west just before sunrise. It is termed a super-moon and will appear much larger in the sky than any other full moons since last Summer. Reason? As you might suspect, the Moon is now relatively close to Earth at just 224,851 miles away (at the other extreme in Winter, it is 252,088 miles distant). Associated with the super-moon is an unusually large tidal range from now through early next week.