Thursday, July 24th – Lincoln County
Summary: City water rates being what they are these days, who couldn’t appreciate a free lawn and garden watering? Rarely do we get enough rain in late July to help much, but this latest weather system really soaked the ground yesterday. Most Central Coast locations received around half an inch, but a heavy downpour stalled over Lincoln City and dumped a deluge, over an inch. Southerly winds were 15-20 mph with gusts into the mid-20s, and high temps rose to the low-60s. There was a break in precipitation during the afternoon before another round of showers arrived, which lasted through the evening and overnight. This morning, it was still spitting a little rain, the wind was light and lows dropped to the mid-50s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 63F/58F/1.04”
Depoe Bay: 61F/54F/0.66”
Record daily maximum rainfall for July 23rd was set at several regional locations…
(City – Precipitation / Previous Record and Year)
Astoria – 0.82” / 0.42” in 1952
Portland – 0.62” / 0.06” in 1959
Vancouver – 0.52” / 0.47” in 1918
Hillsboro – 0.36” / 0.02” in 1992
McMinnville – 0.30” / 0.06” in 1919
Eugene – 0.21” / 0.17” in 1918
Hood River – 0.42” / 0.15” in 1935
Forecast: We’ll be slowly on the mend today as the rain fades away and the sun tries to break through the thinning overcast. The mercury should climb to about 65F and northwest winds will be moderate. Tonight, partly cloudy skies are expected with a low in the low-50s and increasing north winds. It looks like we should be back to mostly sunny skies tomorrow, highs of 65F, lows of 55F and gusty northwest winds. Outlook is for classic Summer weather through the weekend and into next week. Mostly sunny days, partly cloudy nights, highs of 65F, lows of 55F, and northwest winds gusting 25-30 mph in the afternoons and evenings.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly cloudy, showers and 65-75F. Valley destinations will have showers with highs of 70-75F. For the Cascades, a chance of showers; the freezing level is at 7,000 feet.
Marine: Pretty choppy this morning with 7-8 foot seas at 8 seconds and winds WNW 10-15 knots. As of 7:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 34 feet and less, and to uninspected passenger vessels 30 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Not much improvement is expected today with WNW winds 15-20 knots and steep seas 6-7 feet at 8 seconds. Tonight, N winds 10-15 knots with subsiding seas, down to 5 feet or so. More typical conditions return tomorrow as the breeze comes from the NW 15-20 knots gusting to 25 by nightfall. Outlook is for N winds 20-25 knots, strongest in the afternoons and evenings, with steep 6-7 foot windwaves through the weekend.
On the Beach… Showers, some clearing, windy at times, surf 6-7 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
07/24 Thu 12:23 PM 6.57 H
07/24 Thu 05:21 PM 3.19 L
07/24 Thu 11:21 PM 8.53 H
07/25 Fri 06:20 AM -0.46 L
In Short: Showers, mostly cloudy, moderate breeze, then partly cloudy and windy.