Saturday, August 23rd – Lincoln County
Summary: By late morning yesterday, the low clouds and fog dissipated and skies became partly cloudy. Northwest winds blew 15-20 mph with a few higher gusts. High temps were in the 60s and lows mostly in the 50s. There was a brief bout of fog zipping along the beach during the highest winds in the late afternoon, but skies cleared again as we headed into evening. Overnight, the breeze went calm and it was mostly clear until about 5:00am when marine low clouds and fog reformed. No precipitation was recorded during the past 24 hours and, yes, it has been a dry month. So far in August we’ve received only 0.10” of rain; the normal reading for the month is 1.06”. We’re also right at 6” below average for the year. To date in 2014, 32.50” of precip has fallen on the Central Coast, compared to the annual median of 38.53”.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 67F/57F
Depoe Bay: 64F/53F
Forecast: Another round of seasonal weather is on tap today for the Buccaneer Rampage at the Newport Airport and the Bicycle Rodeo at Waldport High School. Mostly sunny after morning clouds and fog with the mercury rising to 65F or a little higher, and northwest winds 10-15 mph gusting to 25. Look for patchy fog and increasing clouds tonight, low around 55F. Tomorrow, expect areas of morning fog and mostly cloudy skies as a minor weather disturbance passes through our area. High temps about 65F and lows of 50-55F. Outlook is for patchy fog, partly to mostly sunny days, low clouds at night, varying northwest winds, and the thermometer staying between 50F and 70F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny and 75-80F. Valley destinations will have mostly sunny skies with highs around 85F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy; the freezing level is at 11,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers in the Coast Range and Willamette Valley is sunshine and highs of 80-85F. For the Cascades, isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible tomorrow with the freezing level down to 8,000 feet.
Marine: While light winds and foggy areas dominate near shore, it’s blowing N 10-15 knots at the Rockpile with seas 5 feet at 9 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 18 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect for winds from 2:00pm this afternoon through late tonight. N winds 15 knots gusting to 20 or higher today, combined choppy seas 4-5 feet at 7 seconds. Tonight, northerlies build to 15-20 knots with gusts to 25 and lumpy 6 foot seas. Expect areas of fog tomorrow morning, N winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 by afternoon and combined seas 5 feet at 7 seconds. Outlook is for a northerly breeze 15-20 knots with 5 foot windwaves Monday through Wednesday. NOTE: The Transoceanic Cable Ship Company and c/s Dependable will be conducting cable installation operations from September 1st to the 16th in the ocean offshore of Newport. One cable will be installed north of Stonewall Bank and the other along Hydrate Ridge/Africa, respectively 20 and 46 nautical miles west of Newport.
On the Beach… Fog early, partly cloudy later, windy, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* A Water Contact Advisory is in effect for Devils Lake in Lincoln City.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
08/23 Sat 12:25 PM 6.99 H
08/23 Sat 05:48 PM 2.64 L
08/23 Sat 11:47 PM 8.16 H
08/24 Sun 06:25 AM 0.14 L
In Short: Patchy fog, sunshine, breezy, increasing clouds, then mixed sky.