Saturday, July 12th – Lincoln County
Summary: Fairgoers were mostly under the gray big-top yesterday as the sun struggled to make a few filtered appearances. It was cool, too, with high temperatures around 60F. Variable winds were less than 10 mph. There was a short break in the marine layer in the evening, but low clouds filled back in by sunset and the Full Buck Super-Moon wasn’t visible. A light drizzle developed overnight but produced barely enough moisture to trigger rain gauges, and lows were in the low-50s. This morning, fog, drizzle and low clouds started our day.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Drizzle…
Lincoln City: 63F/55F/Not measureable
Depoe Bay: 60F/52F/0.01”
Newport: 59F/54F/Not measureable
Forecast: There’ll be a night and day difference today between the scorching Willamette Valley and the cool Central Coast. For day two of the Lincoln County Fair, not much, if any, sunshine is on tap with high temps of 60F. Winds will remain light. Tonight, while other Northwest Oregon residents are sweatin’ like pigs in hot and humid conditions, we’ll be cool as a cucumber with low clouds, fog and more drizzle; the mercury falling to 55F or so. Tomorrow, a chance of fog and drizzle until about noon, then continued mostly cloudy, light winds, and a high of 65F. Outlook is for partly to mostly sunny skies from Monday through Friday, a little warmer with highs of 65-70F, and increasing northwest winds.
Travel: If you plan to venture away from the immediate Central Coast this weekend, even into eastern Lincoln County and the nearby flanks of the Coast Range, you should know that the National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for all areas of Northwest Oregon except the North and Central Coast. The advisory is in effect from 5:00am this morning to 2:00pm Tuesday. In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms and 80-90F. Valley destinations will be mostly sunny with highs of 90F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy, hot, a chance of showers and thunderstorms; the freezing level is at 8,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for hot conditions with a chance of thunderstorms through Sunday night.
Marine: It’s dead calm with seas down to 4 feet at 8 seconds this morning, but visibility is poor in fog, drizzle and low clouds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. If you’re headed out fishing today, except for the fog, conditions will be light. W to SW winds of 5 knots with a 3-4 foot rounded swell. Ditto for tonight. Tomorrow, a NW breeze builds to 5-10 knots gusting to 15 in the afternoon along with a 3 foot chop. Outlook is for northerlies 10-15 knots with higher gusts in the afternoons and evenings and seas building to 5-7 feet through Wednesday.
On the Beach… Fog, clouds and possible sunbreaks, light breeze, surf 2-3 feet (low).
* If you come to the Central Coast from outside the area to cool off, remember that ocean and local river waters are extremely cold and can quickly cause acute hypothermia and drowning.
* A public health advisory for contact with marine water at D River Beach in Lincoln County, and Heceta Beach in Lane County, was lifted yesterday by the Oregon Health Authority. New samples show fecal bacteria contamination has subsided to safe levels. To check the current health 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.
07/12 Sat 01:32 PM 7.50 H
07/12 Sat 06:42 PM 2.35 L
07/13 Sun 12:45 AM 9.89 H
07/13 Sun 07:38 AM -2.05 L
In Short: Mostly cloudy, light wind, drizzle, then partial clearing and warming.