Wednesday, July 23rd – Lincoln County
Summary: The strongest of the low pressure systems lurking offshore yesterday dominated the competition and won the weather skirmish. It gobbled up one of the smaller systems, intensified and moved into our area early this morning. Rainfall totals have been impressive for late July with amounts generally between a third and a half of an inch; Depoe Bay had over two-thirds (0.68”). South winds blew 15-20 mph gusting into the mid-20s with a peak of 31 mph recorded on the Yaquina Bay Bridge. At daybreak, the rain was steady, the southerly winds continued and low temps were in the mid-50s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 67F/60F/0.58”
Depoe Bay: 63F/54F/0.68”
Forecast: We should be over the hiccups by tomorrow, but today will be wet, windy at times, and could feature a thunderstorm or two, possibly with small hail. The mercury rises a little, to 60-65F. By tonight, the chance of showers is down to about 50-50 with light winds and lows of 50F. Tomorrow we’re on the mend as the clouds dissipate and we see highs of 65F or better. Outlook is for sunny days, partly to mostly cloudy nights, moderate northwest winds, highs of 65-70F and lows of 55F. This pattern is predicted to last through the weekend. By the way, we slipped under 15 hours of daylight today with 14 hours and 59 minutes between sunrise and sunset. We’re now losing just over two minutes a day.
Travel: There’s another potential bottleneck on Highway 101, south of Lincoln City on the Kernville Bridge. Work there will reduce one lane of travel Monday thru Friday between 8:30am and 4:00pm. Crews will be replacing the expansion joints on the bridge. The project still allows a full lane of travel in each direction. Therefore, it is not expected to result in significant delays for motorists. Highway construction work also continues on 101 through the Nelscott District in Lincoln City with varying delay times. In the Coast Range today, showers, possible thunderstorms and 60-70F. Valley destinations will have showers and potential thunderstorms with highs of 70-75F. For the Cascades, showers and thunderstorms; the freezing level is at 8,000 feet.
Marine: Steep square seas of 5 feet at 5 seconds along with gusty S winds 5-20 knots and rain are creating a sloppy ride this morning. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Southerlies are expected to continue today at 10-15 knots gusting 20 with choppy seas 3-5 feet. Tonight, the breeze veers to W 10-15 knots gusting 20 and a 5 foot swell will be topped by 3 foot windwaves. Things start changing tomorrow as winds go north and subside to 5-15 knots but the swell rises to 7 feet. Outlook is for classic Summer weather beginning Thursday and lasting through the weekend. NW winds 20-25 knots, swells 3-5 feet and lumpy 6-7 foot windwaves especially in the afternoons and evenings.
On the Beach… Rain/showers, breezy, surf 3-5 feet (low).
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07/23 Wed 11:40 AM 6.31 H
07/23 Wed 04:32 PM 3.27 L
07/23 Wed 10:38 PM 8.52 H
07/24 Thu 05:41 AM -0.34 L
In Short: Rain turning to showers, moderate winds, then back to Summer.