Friday, July 25th – Lincoln County
Summary: The sun, with the capable assistance of strengthening high pressure, mopped up the tail end of the wet weather system yesterday and put us on the road to recovery. High temps stayed in the 65-70F range and precipitation was light, all of it recorded before noon. Clearing arrived from the northwest with Lincoln City getting the first rays of sunshine, and Yachats the last to lose the clouds. Northerly winds came up late in the afternoon at 10-15 mph gusting to around 20 but died out after sunset. Skies were clear overnight and the wind was calm. At daybreak, blue sky, a light northeast breeze and lows in the low-50s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 70F/57F/0.05”
Depoe Bay: 64F/51F/0.06”
Forecast: Hang up your raincoat and get the lawn chairs back out; Summer has returned. We’re in for a stretch of conventional July weather beginning today with lotsa sunshine, highs of 65-70F and those naughty northwest winds start rebuilding, 10-15 mph gusting to 20 or higher. Mostly clear tonight, low around 55F and patchy fog on the beach. Tomorrow, it looks like the northwest breeze will be reinvigorated with gusts of 25-30 mph expected by afternoon. The mercury again rises to seasonal highs of 65-70F, and the sun will rule the sky. Outlook is for little change through next week with sunny days, partly cloudy nights, patchy fog, highs of 65-70F, lows of 55F, and strong northwest winds in the afternoons and evenings.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny and 70-80F. Valley destinations will have sunshine with highs of 80-85F. For the Cascades, sunny; the freezing level is at 12,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for warming temperatures, sunny days, clear nights, and dry pavement.
Marine: Let’s go fishin’ – winds and seas are down this morning. The breeze is N at 10 knots and the swell is 4 feet at 8 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Today we return to a normal weather configuration for this time of year with northerlies building this afternoon to 10-15 knots gusting to 20 or better and a 3 foot chop. Ditto for tonight. Tomorrow, the pattern strengthens as N winds rise to 15-20 knots gusting 25 by afternoon creating lumpy short-period seas of 5 feet. Outlook is for a northerly breeze 20-25 knots with higher gusts in the afternoons and evenings along with windwaves 5-7 feet, Sunday through at least Tuesday.
On the Beach… Sunny, windy this afternoon, surf 2-4 feet (low).
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07/25 Fri 01:00 PM 6.79 H
07/25 Fri 06:04 PM 3.05 L
07/26 Sat 12:01 AM 8.51 H
07/26 Sat 06:54 AM -0.50 L
In Short: Mostly clear, breezy, then repeat.