Friday, August 1st – Lincoln County
Summary: Bob Dylan was right… You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. Our daily northwest winds were up to strength yesterday blowing 20-25 mph with gusts into the 30s. High temperatures were spread from the low-60s to 70F; Lincoln City was the warmest, Yachats the coolest. Scattered clouds marked the sky but plentiful sunshine kept the Summer feeling in place. While thunderstorms hammered the Valley, Coast Range and Cascades (more than 800 lightening strikes recorded!), mostly clear skies and a bright waxing crescent moon took the Central Coast through the evening and into the overnight period with lows in the 50s. Low clouds and fog formed around 3:00am. At daybreak, it was mostly cloudy, foggy along the beach with a light north wind and Newport tied Baker for the lowest temperature in Oregon at 51F.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 70F/59F/26mph
Depoe Bay: 65F/57F/34mph
Forecast: With the exception of a few more clouds, the outlook for the next several days is status quo. Partly to mostly sunny days, some night/morning low clouds and areas of fog, with Dylanesque winds 15-25 mph afternoons/evenings. The mercury hangs around seasonal norms of 50-55F at night and 60-70F during the day.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy, chance of showers and thunderstorms, and 80-85F. Valley destinations will have mostly sunny skies and a chance of thundershowers with highs of 90F. For the Cascades, partly sunny, chance of showers and thunderstorms; the freezing level is at 8,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is partly cloudy skies and dry pavement.
Marine: The situation is reversed this morning, with light winds offshore and a N wind of 10-15 knots near the beach. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. For today, expect the NW wind to return by afternoon at 15-20 knots with occasional gusts to 25 and choppy 5 foot seas. Tonight, the breeze eases after midnight to 5-10 knots but seas remain around 5 feet. Winds ease slightly tomorrow, 10-15 knots gusting 20, while windwaves subside to about 4 feet. Outlook is for slowly decreasing winds through Tuesday, 10-15 knots, with lumpy seas 4-5 feet during the period.
On the Beach… Partly cloudy, 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. Also, if you’re staying in Lincoln City, it’s no time for a dip in Devils Lake; a No Contact Advisory is in place due to toxins in the water from an algae bloom.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
08/01 Fri 10:02 AM 1.31 L
08/01 Fri 04:40 PM 7.61 H
08/01 Fri 10:57 PM 2.13 L
08/02 Sat 04:46 AM 6.11 H
In Short: Mixed sky, breezy, patchy fog and low clouds, then repeat.