Thursday, August 7th – Lincoln County
Summary: On the heels of a short one-day respite, the strong northwest winds returned yesterday blowing 15-25 mph with a few gusts just under 30. There was no precipitation recorded, and high temperatures ran the gamut of the 60s; Lincoln City was the warmest, Waldport the coolest. Haze and patchy fog developed along the beach in the afternoon hours, but dissipated around 6:00pm, leaving skies clear for the sunset. The meandering ribbon of marine clouds stayed offshore overnight resulting in a rich starry background for the bright waxing gibbous moon. This morning, it was clear with a light north wind, and the cloudless sky allowed temperatures to fall before sunrise. Newport had 46F, just a touch above the record low for August 7th of 43F set in 1959.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 68F/58F
Depoe Bay: 67F/55F
Forecast: Another large slice of Summer is on our plate, with few changes on the horizon. Sunny again today with highs around 65F and northwest winds this afternoon and evening, 15-20 mph gusting 25. The breeze eases overnight under partly cloudy skies, lows of 50-55F. Tomorrow, another mostly sunny day is predicted, blustery northwest winds 15-25 mph with higher gusts, highs of 65F and lows of 55F. Outlook is for partly to mostly sunny days, partly to mostly cloudy nights, patchy fog, daily northwest winds, highs of 65-70F and lows of 50-55F. A couple computer models are showing rain showers on Tuesday, but right now those projections are outliers.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, sunny and 70-80F. Valley destinations will have sunny skies with highs of 80-85F. For the Cascades, sunny; the freezing level is at 14,000 feet.
Marine: It’s a little choppy offshore this morning with 4 foot seas at 6 seconds, and winds N 5-10 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Today and tonight, look for N winds increasing to 15-20 knots with gusts to 25 and lumpy 3-4 foot combined seas. Tomorrow, expect northerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20 and seas 3 feet. Outlook Saturday through Monday is for N winds 15-20 knots with gusts to 25, possibly higher on Sunday, and windwaves of 4-6 feet.
On the Beach… Sunny, patchy fog, breezy, surf 2-4 feet (low).
* A Public Health Advisory is in effect for the ocean at Seal Rock beach, due to higher-than-normal levels of bacteria. Visitors should stay out of the ocean and also avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
08/07 Thu 10:47 AM 6.30 H
08/07 Thu 03:39 PM 3.11 L
08/07 Thu 09:54 PM 9.14 H
08/08 Fri 04:58 AM -0.81 L
In Short: Mainly clear, windy, patchy fog, then repeat.