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WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY

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Weather or Not: Sky Skirmish

Chris Burns Weather

Sunday, August 3rd – Lincoln County

Summary: The sun fought back, but had a tough assignment yesterday as it struggled valiantly to punch through the rather effective marine assault. There were some sunbreaks, but percentage-wise we had a mostly cloudy day with the mercury mainly in the 60s, though characteristically, Lincoln City was warmer at 72F. Northwest winds were lighter, gusting up to around 20 mph but mostly 5-15. By evening and on through the night, the wind was calm and the overcast solid; low temps were in the mid-50s. This morning, cloudy skies, haze along the beach and no breeze kicked-started our Sunday.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 72F/58F
Depoe Bay: 63F/54F
Newport: 63F/55F
Waldport: 66F/55F
Yachats: 65F/54F

Forecast: The skirmish for the sky continues today as the marine influence attempts to maintain its dominance. For Surfrider’s Moolack Beach clean-up and the Yachats and Lincoln City Farmers Markets, we’ll look for partly to mostly sunny, highs about 65F, and northwest winds in the 10-15 mph range, possibly even lighter. Fog and low clouds are expected to strengthen again tonight with lows in the mid-50s and calm winds. Outlook for tomorrow and through the week ahead is same old, same old. Partly to mostly cloudy, highs around 65F, lows of 55F, and northwest winds 10-20 mph.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, becoming mostly sunny and 80F. Valley destinations will have mostly sunny skies with highs of 85-90F. 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: Nothing much to fret about on the ocean this morning as you switch your gear from halibut to salmon. N winds are around 10 knots, seas 4-5 feet at 8 seconds and visibility in light fog is 3-4 miles. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. While winds offshore to about 10 miles are expected to be northerly 5-10 knots gusting to 15, if you’re headed for the Rockpile (and elsewhere beyond 10 miles), a Small Craft Advisory goes into effect this afternoon for gusts to 25 knots lasting through late tonight. Patchy fog and choppy seas 5-6 feet are in the cards, too. The breeze eases after midnight to N 10-15 knots gusting 20, windwaves 5 feet. Tomorrow, patchy fog in the morning with NW winds 10-15 knots, gusts to 20. Outlook is for N to NW winds 10-15 knots and combined seas 3-4 feet.

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On the Beach… Patchy fog, partly to mostly sunny, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* A reminder for people from the warm Valley coming to the cool Coast to escape the heat; 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.
Tides
08/03 Sun 11:20 AM 2.41 L
08/03 Sun 06:03 PM 7.84 H
08/04 Mon 01:01 AM 1.60 L
08/04 Mon 07:10 AM 5.38 H

In Short: Partial clearing, patchy fog and low clouds, then repeat.

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