Sunday, July 20th – Lincoln County
Summary: Up until dinnertime, yesterday was sunny and a smidge warmer than recent days. Northwest winds blew 10-15 mph through the middle of the day. For evening beach walks, the clouds from a small weather disturbance had arrived and grayed-out the sky. Precipitation periodically punctuated the overnight period; drizzle and rain were light but measureable. Lincoln City recorded the most moisture and also had the highest temperatures. This morning, it was foggy at the beach, otherwise mostly cloudy, calm and lows were in the upper-50s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 73F/57F/0.04”
Depoe Bay: 68F/54F/0.02”
Forecast: As today progresses, we’ll be switching from IFR to VFR (Instrument to Visual Flight Rules) as the weather system dissipates. Though it may not clear off entirely, bargain hunters at the Lincoln City and Yachats Farmers Markets can expect partly to mostly sunny skies, a shade cooler with highs of 60-65F, and northwest winds ramping back up to 10-15 mph gusting to 25. For tonight, partly cloudy, lows around 50F. Tomorrow, sunshine, lighter winds and 65F or a little higher. Outlook is for another weather system to swing through the Central Coast late Tuesday into Wednesday with a good shot of showers possible, highs of 60-65F, low temps in the low-50s. Then, it’s all VFR with mostly clear and dry conditions for Thursday through the weekend. The mercury rises to 65-70F, drops to 55F at night, and a moderate northwest wind develops in the afternoons and evenings.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly sunny and 70-80F. Valley destinations will be partly to mostly sunny with highs of 75-80F. For the Cascades, partly sunny; the freezing level is at 15,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for mostly dry pavement through tonight.
Marine: Nothing to write home about this morning with a light NNW breeze 5 knots and seas 6 feet at 10 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. N winds rising today to 10-15 knots gusting 20 this afternoon and evening, seas 4-6 feet. The breeze eases to 10 knots gusting 15 after midnight tonight and through tomorrow, NW swell of 5-6 feet. Outlook is for variable winds 5-15 knots, seas 4 feet, through Wednesday. Thursday and Friday, 20-25 knot NW winds in the afternoons and evenings with choppy 4 foot seas. NOTES: The USCG User Survey mentioned in the 21st Century Future of Navigation listening sessions is now online and available for input via the US Coast Guard Navigation Center. Click here. Also, mariners should be aware of an OSU research project where two moorings with acoustic recorders targeting marine mammal sounds have been attached near the seafloor, 2-6 nautical miles off Newport’s South Beach. The gear goes out for two weeks, is recovered for one week and then put out again for two weeks on a cycle that lasts through October. The surface markers, pictured at right, include a flashing light at night and are anchored to the seafloor. The plastic float is labelled with “Oregon State Acoustics” and a phone number.
On the Beach… Partly sunny, breezy late, surf 5-6 feet (low).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
07/20 Sun 08:16 AM 5.72 H
07/20 Sun 01:26 PM 2.56 L
07/20 Sun 08:02 PM 8.50 H
07/21 Mon 03:09 AM 0.49 L
In Short: Mixed sky, moderate winds, sunny, then a chance of showers.