Wednesday, July 30th – Lincoln County
Summary: At least it didn’t rain. We had about everything else yesterday. The only things missing were a good dousing and Valley-like blast furnace temperatures. Over the past 24 hours the Central Coast has had sunshine, fog, low clouds and winds from calm to breezy. As anticipated, high temperatures were cooler, generally just above 60F, and the northwest wind was status quo at 15-20 mph gusting near 30 from noon to sunset. Fog and low level marine overcast hid the Moon and stars overnight; visibility ranged from 2-5 miles, so the fog wasn’t quite as thick as Monday’s. This morning, cloudy skies and patchy fog greeted early risers, a light northwest wind rustled the leaves and temps were in the low 50s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 65F/57F/27mph
Depoe Bay: 61F/53F/26mph
Forecast: A broad array of colors will fill the weather palette over the next few days – bright yellow sun, light blue sky, coal black nights, gray tinted clouds and pure white fog. And it appears that, like a good painting, none of the hues will dominate the scene. Mixed skies are predicted today for the Waldport Wednesday Market, with patchy fog especially near the beaches, highs around 65F and our standard northwest winds this afternoon and evening. Tonight, mostly cloudy with patchy fog and lows about 55F. Partly to mostly sunny tomorrow after patchy morning fog, high 65F and moderate northwest winds. Outlook is for increasing use of the color yellow as the week progresses and more sunshine is illustrated on our overhead canvas. The mercury stays in the seasonal range of 55F-65F and northwest winds arise to dry the paint in the afternoons.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny and 80-90F. Valley destinations will have sunshine with highs of 85-90F. For the Cascades, mostly sunny; the freezing level is at 14,000 feet.
Marine: Conditions are mild this morning with a N wind 10-15 knots, seas 4 feet at 7 seconds and patchy fog. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect at 11:00am and runs through this evening. Northerlies build to 15-20 knots gusting 25 later today and this evening with choppy combined seas of 6 feet at 7 seconds. Winds ease after midnight to 10-15 knots, and it looks like these lighter winds may persist through tomorrow, along with seas of 5 feet at 6 seconds. Outlook is for mainly N wind 10-20 knots gusting 25 and steep windwaves of 5-7 feet through the weekend.
On the Beach… Patchy 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.
07/30 Wed 08:59 AM 0.33 L
07/30 Wed 03:34 PM 7.46 H
07/30 Wed 09:21 PM 2.37 L
07/31 Thu 03:10 AM 7.15 H
In Short: Mixed sky, foggy areas, breezy, then repeat.