Tuesday, August 12th – Lincoln County
Summary: We were cool as a cucumber yesterday while just a few miles to the east, sweltering temperatures (Eddyville 87F, Corvallis 98F, Albany 101F) and pummeling thunderstorms were the rule. The Central Coast had mixed skies during the day with periods of clouds, haze and sunshine, high temps in the low-60s and light winds. By dinnertime, it was completely overcast and fog had developed, a situation which lasted through the night. We started to see some drizzle and light rain showers beginning around 3:00am; Lincoln City had the only measureable precipitation at 0.01”. This morning, fog reduced visibility to around a mile, mist was in the air, thunder rumbled nearby, low temperatures were in the mid-50s and the wind was light out of the southwest.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 65F/57F
Depoe Bay: 63F/50F
The hot and unstable atmosphere has resulted in several hundred lightning strikes in Northwest Oregon, the Vernonia area being especially hard hit. Thunderstorm outflow winds gusted to near 50 mph in Eugene. Thermometers were poppin’ yesterday with Eugene recording 100F, Salem 98F, McMinnville 96F and Portland 99F. Vancouver, Washington, was the only town in the region to set a high temperature record for the date when the mercury sizzled up to 98F, tying the previous record set in 1961.
Forecast: A Red Flag Warning remains in effect until 11:00am this morning for hot, dry and unstable atmospheric conditions with abundant lightning in all of Lincoln County except the immediate coastline. Today and tonight, the Central Coast can anticipate showers and thunderstorms in the area, light southwest winds and highs of 60-65F. Tomorrow, it appears the threat of thunderstorms will have passed, but there’s still a 50-50 chance of rain showers along with a light northwest breeze and highs of 60-65F. Outlook is for mostly cloudy skies on Thursday and then back on the Summer track with partly to mostly clear conditions through the weekend; highs of 65F, lows of 55F and increasing northwest winds.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, Red Flag Warning, partly sunny, showers, thunderstorms and 75-85F. Valley destinations have a Red Flag Warning with showers, thunderstorms and mostly cloudy skies; highs of 85F. For the Cascades, Red Flag Warning, partly sunny with showers and thunderstorms; the freezing level is at 8,000 feet.
Marine: A low pressure system has generated a wind reversal this morning, so the light 5-10 knot breeze is southerly; seas are 6-7 feet at 10 seconds and there are areas of fog. As of 7:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Light winds, SW 5 knots, are projected for today, tonight and tomorrow with a westerly swell of 4-6 feet, possible thunderstorms and areas of fog. Outlook is for a light W wind on Thursday with a W swell of 4 feet. Back to northerlies 5-10 knots Friday and Saturday; swells out of the W at 4 feet.
On the Beach… Cloudy, fog, light breeze, chance of showers, surf 4-5 feet (low).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
08/12 Tue 07:58 AM -1.14 L
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08/13 Wed 02:22 AM 9.05 H
In Short: Mostly cloudy, light winds, possible showers/thunderstorms, then mixed sky.