Thursday, July 31st – Lincoln County
Summary: While the Valley sweltered, it was another mostly sunny, cool and blustery day in our neck of the woods yesterday. The marine clouds cleared out by 10:00am and a light hazy fog developed along the beach in the afternoon, lasting until early evening. High temps played around in the 60s and there was no precipitation recorded. Northwest winds blew 15-25 mph with gusts to around 30; Newport had the highest blast at 33 mph. Just remember, when visitors ask, “Does the wind blow like this all the time?” You simply answer, “No, absolutely not. In the Winter it comes from the other direction.” Skies were mostly clear overnight and the wind died away completely. At daybreak, it was mostly clear, calm and Newport had the lowest temperature in the state at 46F.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 67F/54F/30mph
Depoe Bay: 64F/49F/28mph
Forecast: Mostly sunny days, possible night/morning low clouds and areas of fog, and northwest winds 15-25 mph afternoons/evenings. Temps range from 50-55F lows to 60-70F highs. The end.
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: Though it is nearly calm near shore, it’s blowing 10-15 knots with 4 foot chop offshore at the Rockpile this morning. As of 7:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. We’d hoped for lighter winds today, and they will be, but not by much. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect from this afternoon through this evening for N winds 10-15 knots gusting to 25. Combined steep seas of 4-5 feet are expected, too. The breeze eases to 10-15 knots overnight, seas 5 feet. Tomorrow, N winds 10-15 knots, combined seas 5 feet and areas of fog. Outlook is for the Summer pattern to continue through Monday with nor’westers 10-15 knots gusting 20, and wind-driven seas 4-5 feet.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, windy, surf 4-5 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.
07/31 Thu 09:30 AM 0.78 L
07/31 Thu 04:06 PM 7.53 H
07/31 Thu 10:06 PM 2.27 L
08/01 Fri 03:54 AM 6.63 H
In Short: Mainly clear, breezy, patchy fog and low clouds, then repeat.