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WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY

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Weather or Not: Red Hot & Rollin’

Sunday, August 10th – Lincoln County

Summary: Because yesterday was status quo (sunny, highs in the mid-60s and northwest winds 20-30 mph), today’s column will be a little different. Instead of our usual recap, we’ll concentrate on other items of importance that make up this morning’s weather news…
Red Flag Warning

A Red Flag Warning goes into effect from 5:00pm Sunday to 11:00pm Tuesday for thunderstorms in Fire Weather Zone 603. This zone encompasses the Coast Range including parts of eastern Lincoln County (graphic at left, in blue); however, thunderstorms may also develop along the Central Coast, though fire danger will be less due to lower humidity and temperatures.

* Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop late Sunday, then increase Monday and Monday night. Storms may continue into Tuesday as well, although confidence is not as high for this time frame.

* Some storms may generate outflow winds of 30-40 mph.

* Impacts include initial thunderstorms producing little in the way of rainfall but frequent lightning. With fairly dry fuels in place, this may set the stage for numerous fire starts that have the potential to overwhelm initial attack resources.

Heat AdvisoryA Heat Advisory is in effect from noon today to 9:00pm tomorrow for inland areas of Northwest Oregon from the Coast Range including eastern Lincoln County (graphic at right, in blue) to the Cascade foothills.

* Temperatures. The Coast Range and the Cascade foothills will see 85-95F today and 90s on Monday.

* Impacts. The hot conditions may lead to heat stroke or dehydration, especially for the elderly and young children. Be extra cautious when conducting outdoor activities during the afternoon and evening. Stay hydrated. Do not leave children or pets alone in cars for even a short period of time. Use extra caution on area rivers, and be sure to wear a life jacket.

Oddly, while the hot weather warning is in place, Newport had the second coldest temperature in Oregon this morning at 44F, a degree above Meacham which dropped to 43F.

Tonight is the Full Sturgeon Moon. It’s actually full at 11:09am our time. This full moon was named by Native Americans for the time of year when sturgeon in the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water were most readily caught. It is not only the closest and largest ‘supermoon’ of the year, it also presents the moon’s closest encounter with the Earth for all of 2014. The moon will not be this close again until the full moon of September 28, 2015.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 69F/55F/35mph
Depoe Bay: 65F/49F/33mph
Newport: 63F/44F/33mph
Waldport: 59F/45F/31mph
Yachats: 62F/48F/32mph

Forecast: Now, while the rest of Northwestern Oregon is apparently going to get hammered with heat and thunderstorms, the Central Coastal strip will probably not see much of either. We do have a 20% chance of thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow, but high temperatures are expected to remain seasonal at 65-70F or so. Winds should be a little lighter today – northwest at 15-20 mph. Outlook is for a chance of showers Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by partly to mostly sunny days, partly to mostly cloudy nights, highs of 65-70F, lows of 50-55F, and variable northwest winds through the week.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, Red Flag Warning and Heat Advisory, sunny and 85-95F. Valley destinations have a Red Flag Warning and Heat Advisory with sunny skies; highs near 95F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms; the freezing level is at 8,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is sunny days, hot temps, thunderstorms and mostly dry pavement.

Marine: Light winds inshore, but it’s rough offshore this morning with N winds 10-15 knots and square seas of 6 feet at 6 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect through late tonight for northerlies 20-25 knots gusting to 30 and steep 7-8 foot windwaves. There’s a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight tonight. Conditions ease a little tomorrow with N wind 15-20 knots falling to 10-15 knots by afternoon and the chop subsiding to 5 feet atop 7 foot swells. Outlook is for northerlies 10-15 knots and seas 4-6 feet Tuesday through Thursday. NOTE: A capsized charter boat, the G Spot, is floating offshore west of Depoe Bay. Details here.

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On the Beach… Sunny, patchy fog, chance of thunderstorms, breezy, surf 3-5 feet (low).
* A reminder for people from the hot Valley coming to the cool Coast to escape the high temperatures; the ocean and area rivers are very cold and swimming in them can quickly lead to hypothermia and drowning.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
08/10 Sun 01:02 PM 8.00 H
08/10 Sun 06:31 PM 1.69 L
08/11 Mon 12:37 AM 9.81 H
08/11 Mon 07:15 AM -1.46 L

In Short: Mainly clear, windy, patchy fog, possible thunderstorms, then showers.

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