Tuesday, July 29th – Lincoln County
Summary: Depending on where you live and/or work, you’ll reflect back on yesterday differently. For locations in the fog, it was a cool whiteout; if you were just a ways off the beach, it was mostly sunny with pleasant temps. This configuration is typical for late July and into August, especially when the Valley heats up. We generally get the year’s most beach fog during this time of year. It was a shade cooler in all of our communities yesterday, too, with highs (even in sunny areas) in the low-60s. The northwest winds arrived on schedule around noon, huffing and puffing at 15-25 mph gusting 30 until after sunset. Fog and low clouds continued overnight and were still extant at daybreak.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 63F/56F/25mph
Depoe Bay: 61F/52F/26mph
Forecast: It’s a mixed bag for the Central Coast. Some areas will be mostly sunny today while less than a mile away there could be fog and low clouds. The thermometer will struggle to hit 65F and northwest winds of 15-20 mph gusting to 30 are projected to develop again this afternoon. Tonight, look for low level marine clouds with fog and a chance of drizzle, low temps about 55F. Tomorrow, morning clouds, possible drizzle and patchy fog, becoming partly to mostly sunny, high of 65F. Outlook is for fog at times near the beach, partly to mostly sunny days, partly to mostly cloudy nights, highs of 65F and lows of 55F with variable strength northwest winds through the weekend.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny and 80-90F. Valley destinations will have sunshine with highs of 90-95F. For the Cascades, mostly sunny, chance of showers and thunderstorms; the freezing level is at 8,000 feet.
Marine: Winds are N 10 knots this morning with seas running 4-5 feet at 6 seconds and it’s foggy. As of 7:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect from this afternoon through this evening for N winds rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25. Choppy seas of 4-5 feet and patchy fog are also expected. Tonight and tomorrow, the breeze eases a little to 15 knots with gusts to 20 and areas of fog are possible. Outlook is for northerlies 10-25 knots, lightest winds on Thursday, patchy fog and lumpy 4 foot seas through Saturday.
On the Beach… Fog, clouds and sun, windy, surf 3-4 feet (low).
* A reminder for people from the hot Valley coming to the cool Coast to escape high temperatures; the ocean and area rivers are very cold and swimming in them can quickly lead to hypothermia and drowning.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
07/29 Tue 08:28 AM -0.03 L
07/29 Tue 03:04 PM 7.36 H
07/29 Tue 08:39 PM 2.47 L
07/30 Wed 02:30 AM 7.60 H
In Short: Mixed sky, foggy areas, breezy, then repeat.