Saturday, August 2nd – Lincoln County
Summary: We saw more clouds and felt a little cooler yesterday, but the basic pattern wasn’t all that different. Northwest winds blew 15-20 mph with higher gusts; Yachats had the strongest blast at 31 mph. The thermometer again worked the 60s with Lincoln City the warmest (see Weather Factoid below). The marine influence was around most of the day with visibility in haze and fog between 1 and 5 miles. Skies remained mostly cloudy through the evening and overnight, with lows near 55F. This morning, it was overcast with light fog at the beach line and there was just a breath of north wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 67F/59F/29mph
Depoe Bay: 63F/53F/24mph
Forecast: Like the US Marine Corps, marine air is storming the beach and confronting us head-on. Damp onshore flow is leading to additional cloud cover and fog. So, expect less clearing over the next few days, including today for the Waldport and Newport Farmers Markets. Partly to mostly cloudy skies, thicker night/morning low clouds with patchy fog, and northwest winds 15-25 mph afternoons/evenings. The mercury stays seasonal; 50-55F at night and 60-70F during the day. No long term changes are in the current outlook.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, becoming mostly sunny and 80-85F. Valley destinations will have mostly sunny skies after morning clouds with highs of 90F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy, 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: Light winds offshore this morning, out of the N 5-10 knots but seas are choppy, 6 feet at 8 seconds, and there’s light fog. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. If you’re headed out to get your halibut today, look for NW winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 this afternoon, patchy fog and windwaves 4-5 feet. The same conditions are forecast to hold for tonight and tomorrow. Outlook is for little change through at least mid-week. Expect N winds 15-25 knots, strongest in the afternoons and evenings, patchy fog and lumpy seas 4-6 feet.
On the Beach… Partly sunny, patchy fog, windy, surf 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.
* 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. Swallowing or inhaling water droplets, as well as skin contact with water, should be avoided. Drinking any water directly from Devils Lake is especially dangerous.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
08/02 Sat 10:38 AM 1.86 L
08/02 Sat 05:19 PM 7.71 H
08/02 Sat 11:55 PM 1.93 L
08/03 Sun 05:51 AM 5.65 H
In Short: Mixed sky, breezy, patchy fog and low clouds, then repeat.
Weather Factoid: Why does Lincoln City usually have the highest daily temperature of our communities along the Central Coast? For a couple of reasons. First, not all thermometers are located equally. Some may be in areas where more sunlight falls and warmer air surrounds them. Others may receive more shade in their immediate vicinity, slightly cooling the air temperature. Also, Lincoln City normally shows up warmer in the Summer stats because it lives in the wind shadow of Cascade Head. The topography around Lincoln City plays squarely into the hands of its localized weather variances. That said, as you drive south out of town and reach Siletz Bay, the temperature quickly drops several degrees and the breeze rises, right? This is an obvious sign that you’re leaving Cascade Head’s wind shadow.