Monday, July 14th – Lincoln County
Summary: We stayed fairly well socked-in yesterday with low clouds, fog, drizzle and light rain showers. The heaviest rain fell in our southern section with Waldport and Yachats recording the most precipitation. Westerly winds remained light at 5-10 mph, and high temps argued with the thermometer to even reach 60F. There were periods during midday when the fog lifted for a while, but otherwise visibility dropped to as low as a quarter mile. Thickening and lowering clouds with increasing fog returned in the evening and continued all night; occasional drizzle left the ground damp. This morning, a marine cloud layer covered the sky, it was dead calm and temps were in the mid-50s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 64F/54F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 57F/53F/0.02”
Forecast: The Willamette Valley cooled off a bit yesterday; but forecast highs in the 90s for the next couple of days means the Central Coast again assumes its role as an air conditioner for visitors from across the Coast Range. And, we won’t let them down. Albeit there’ll be some breaks in the clouds today, the mercury will probably not make it past 60-65F. Could be a little more northwest wind in the cards for this afternoon, too, though not a real howler. Tonight, patchy fog and low clouds rebuild, lows around 55F. No big changes for tomorrow with mostly cloudy skies, high of 65F and moderate nor’westers. Outlook is for partly to mostly cloudy skies, highs of 65F, lows of 55F and occasionally breezy through the weekend.
Travel: With increased traffic from inland residents coming to the coast to beat the heat, look for delays on Highway 101, especially though the Nelscott District construction zone in Lincoln City. In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy and 75-80F. Valley destinations will have mostly sunny skies with highs of 90F. For the Cascades, partly sunny; the freezing level is at 15,000 feet.
Marine: Areas of dense fog and low clouds hampered visibility early this morning but winds were light and variable with seas at just 3 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect this afternoon and runs through tomorrow evening. For today, tonight and tomorrow, expect NW winds rising to 20-25 knots and windwaves 4-7 feet creating lumpy seas. Outlook is for northerlies 15-20 knots Wednesday through Friday, swells of 5-7 feet with a 5 foot wind chop on top.
On the Beach… Fog, partly sunny, breezy, surf 2-4 feet (low).
* If you come to the Central Coast from outside the area to cool off, remember that the ocean and local rivers are extremely cold and can quickly cause acute hypothermia and drowning.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
07/14 Mon 08:22 AM -1.86 L
07/14 Mon 03:00 PM 8.19 H
07/14 Mon 08:32 PM 1.82 L
07/15 Tue 02:30 AM 9.15 H
In Short: Mixed sky, patchy fog, moderate winds, then partial clearing.