Friday, August 8th – Lincoln County
Summary: As expected, the northwest winds returned in earnest yesterday blowing 15-25 mph with a few gusts up around 30. Of our regular reporting stations, Newport airport had the biggest blast at 31 mph, though a gust on the Yaquina Bay Bridge hit 34 mph. While it was indeed breezy, the sky was mostly clear with the mercury rising into the 60s in the afternoon and dropping into the upper-40s and low-50s overnight. This morning, except for some fog along the beach, skies remained clear and a light north wind was rustling the leaves.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 69F/54F/27mph
Depoe Bay: 64F/53F/30mph
Forecast: And, how would you like your weather? On a roll, please. You’ve got it; Summertime weather stays on a roll for the next several days. Today through Monday, mostly sunny days, partly cloudy nights, highs of 65-70F, lows of 50-55F, and northwest winds 15-25 mph with stronger gusts. Outlook is for a possible quick hiatus from the Summer roll next week. More computer projections have come on board showing a weather disturbance that may bring showers and/or thunderstorms to the Central Coast sometime between Monday night and Tuesday night. But it should be a short intermission as sunny skies return for Wednesday and Thursday.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny and 70-80F. Valley destinations will have sunny skies with highs of 80-85F. For the Cascades, sunny; the freezing level is at 13,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers in the Coast Range and Willamette Valley is sunny days, warming temps, clear nights and dry pavement. There’s a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the Cascades on Sunday, otherwise mostly clear with the freezing level dropping to 8,000 feet by late Sunday.
Marine: Winds have eased since yesterday afternoon and are down to N 5 knots this morning; seas are 4 feet at 7 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. For today through the weekend, N winds rising to 10-15 knots with gusts to 20-25 in the afternoons and evenings, steep windwaves 4-5 feet. Outlook for Monday and Tuesday is NW winds 10-15 knots, a NW swell of 5 feet with 3 foot chop on top. NOTES: ODFW has decided that there are enough halibut remaining in the quota for another all-depth sportfishing opener next Friday and Saturday, August 15th-16th. Also, mariners should be aware that the dredge Sea Horse will be working in Yaquina Bay 24 hours a day near the US Coast Guard and NOAA docks beginning this Sunday and until the work is complete on or about September 15th. The Sea Horse, which will be regularly transiting the entrance channel to dump its sand offshore, monitors VHF Channels 13, 16 and 69A.
On the Beach… Sunny, patchy fog/haze, breezy, surf 2 feet (low).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
08/08 Fri 11:36 AM 6.88 H
08/08 Fri 04:41 PM 2.72 L
08/08 Fri 10:50 PM 9.54 H
08/09 Sat 05:46 AM -1.27 L
In Short: Mainly clear, windy, patchy fog, then repeat.