Thursday, August 21st – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday turned out to be nearly idyllic with bright yellow sunshine from late morning on, mellow northwest winds of 10-15 mph and high temps mainly in the mid-60s. Foggy spots along the beach kept a lid on the mercury and visibility until mid-afternoon, but eventually even that dissipated. By sunset, the wind died away entirely, skies were clear overnight, the thermometer dipped into the 40s in some locations and patchy fog developed over the sand. At daybreak, a thin slice of waning crescent moon coupled with calm winds heralded another mellow yellow day for the Central Coast.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 71F/51F
Depoe Bay: 66F/47F
Forecast: Extending our mellow theme today we’ll look for partly cloudy skies, light winds and highs about 65F. A change is projected for tonight as a marine cloud layer builds in from offshore and produces a chance of drizzle; the thermometer drops to the low-50s. Tomorrow, partly to mostly sunny, high 65F, and north winds 5-10 mph. Outlook is for sunny days, partly cloudy nights, patchy fog, a light northerly breeze, highs of 65F-70F and lows of 50-55F. Forecast models are backing away from higher temps for next week, so we probably won’t get much past 70F.
Travel: At 8:00am, Highway 20 was closed between Corvallis and Albany due to a crash. In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny and 70-75F. Valley destinations will have sunny skies with highs of 75-80F. For the Cascades, mostly sunny; the freezing level is at 11,000 feet.
Marine: The breeze is light, but seas are somewhat steep this morning, 5 feet at 8 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay had not reported bar conditions. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. If you don’t mind a little chop, it’s a good day to go fishing offshore. Light N winds of 5 knots are forecast today, backing to SW 5 knots this afternoon with 4 foot swells and 2 foot windwaves. Tonight, look for westerlies 5-10 knots, seas 2-4 feet, patchy fog and a chance of drizzle. A return to N winds tomorrow, rising to 10-15 knots by late in the day, choppy 3-4 foot seas. Outlook is for standard Summer ocean conditions with northerlies 10-20 knots, swells 4-5 feet and windwaves 3-4 feet through the weekend.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, patchy fog, surf 3-4 feet (low).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
08/21 Thu 11:14 AM 6.48 H
08/21 Thu 04:21 PM 3.23 L
08/21 Thu 10:22 PM 8.01 H
08/22 Fri 05:15 AM 0.25 L
In Short: Mainly clear, patchy fog, drizzle, light winds, then partly cloudy.