Monday, August 18th – Lincoln County
Summary: A foggy morning gave way to mixed sun and clouds yesterday, though some areas didn’t clear much as the fog persisted. High temps were generally on the cool side in the mid-50s to low-60s, and typical northwest winds blew 15-20 mph with gusts to 30 or so. Whether or not you saw the sunset depended on how thick the fog and low clouds were. Overnight, skies mostly cleared but were eventually enveloped by a marine layer, and lows dropped to the low-50s. This morning, it was overcast, foggy along the beach and winds were light out of the northwest. We’ve slipped under 14 hours of daylight, with 13 hours and 57 minutes today between sunrise and sunset. We are losing about 3 minutes a day now.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 66F/57F/29mph
Depoe Bay: 63F/53F/27mph
Forecast: It looks like a muddled weather matrix this week with a series of weak disturbances passing through. Most are expected to only generate some clouds to blend with periods of sunshine, but a couple of these minor systems could drop a dollop of rain. The mercury rises daily to about 65F and slips to 55F at night. Northwest winds should be near normal for this time of year, 15-25 mph, and there could be areas of fog. Outlook is for mostly sunny days and partly cloudy nights by the weekend, lighter winds, and the thermometer in the seasonal range of 55F to 65F. Some computer projections are now showing warm weather early next week with temps near 75F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny and 80-90F. Valley destinations will have sunny skies with highs of 90F. For the Cascades, mostly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms; the freezing level is at 8,000 feet.
Marine: Light northerly winds are the rule this morning with seas running 5 feet at 10 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory goes into effect this afternoon and is in place through this evening for N winds rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25, and swells 6-7 feet with 4 foot windwaves. The breeze eases after midnight to 15-20 knots along with choppy seas 4-6 feet. Tomorrow, N winds 15-20 knots, seas 6 feet. Outlook is for northerlies 10-20 knots, swells 5-6 feet and 2-4 chop Wednesday through Friday. Areas of low clouds and fog are possible all week.
On the Beach… Clouds, fog and sun, breezy, surf 4 feet (low).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
08/18 Mon 08:00 AM 5.90 H
08/18 Mon 01:02 PM 3.17 L
08/18 Mon 07:27 PM 8.04 H
08/19 Tue 02:38 AM 0.76 L
In Short: Mixed sky, fog, windy, then chance of showers.