Saturday, July 26th – Lincoln County
Summary: Not a cloud in the sky for much of yesterday and memories of our midweek rain faded swiftly. The thermometer rose to predictions of 65-70F and there was no precipitation. Northwest winds built to 15-20 mph between 11:00am and 9:00pm, with the highest gust recorded at Yachats, 25 mph. Evening beach walks featured light winds and the opportunity to hear the hiss as the sun slowly sank into the ocean. Skies remained clear and the wind was calm overnight; lows dropped to about 50F, with a few locations in the upper-40s. This morning, it was crystal clear with a very light northeast breeze.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 70F/53F
Depoe Bay: 64F/53F
Forecast: Nearly ideal conditions are on tap today for the Toledo Summer Festival, and the Waldport and Newport Farmers Markets. Look for sunshine all day and highs of 65-70F. The only fly in the ointment will be the afternoon and evening northwest winds which are expected to build to 15-25 mph gusting to 30. So, if your plans take you to the beach or up on the headlands, morning hours will be best. Tonight, mostly clear skies and lows about 55F. More sunshine tomorrow, the mercury rising to 65-70F and breezy again after lunch. Outlook is for status quo weather, blustery and blue, through the week ahead with sunny days, partly cloudy nights, afternoon and evening northwest winds, highs of 65-70F and lows around 55F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, sunny and 75-85F. Valley destinations will have sunshine with highs of 80-85F. For the Cascades, sunny; the freezing level is at 14,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for warm temperatures of 85-95F away from the coast, sunny days, clear nights, and dry pavement, except for the Cascades where a chance of thunderstorms is in tomorrow’s forecast.
Marine: Winds and seas are light near shore this morning, but out at the Rockpile it’s blowing N at 10-15 knots with the swell 3 feet at 6 seconds. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. If you’re going fishing offshore today, you might want to head back in by noon or so as a Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect at 2:00pm for northerlies building to 15-20 gusting 25-30 and the wind-chop rising to 4-5 feet. The breeze eases after midnight tonight to 15-20 knots, seas around 4 feet. Tomorrow, N winds 15-25 knots, higher afternoon gusts, and windwaves of 5-6 feet. Outlook for Monday through Wednesday is continued northerlies 20-25 knots, strongest in the afternoons and evenings, along with steep 5-7 foot chop.
On the Beach… Sunny, windy this afternoon, surf 2-3 feet (low).
* The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department is proposing new rules that would restrict smoking of tobacco products on/in ocean shore recreation areas. The plan will be open for public comment through August 29th, 2014. Comments can be sent to the department through regular mail (OPRD Beach Smoking, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301), by email (email@example.com), or in person at public hearings scheduled next month including one on the Central Coast, August 21st, 7:00pm, at Central Lincoln PUD, 2129 N Coast Highway, in Newport.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
07/26 Sat 06:54 AM -0.50 L
07/26 Sat 01:33 PM 6.97 H
07/26 Sat 06:44 PM 2.88 L
07/27 Sun 12:39 AM 8.42 H
In Short: Mostly clear, breezy, then repeat.