Thursday, August 28th – Lincoln County
Summary: The fog and low clouds cleared out in many areas yesterday by late morning, though some spots near the bays and beaches were socked in most of the day. High temps climbed to the low-60s, northwest winds blew 10-15 mph with gusts into the 20s, and no precipitation was recorded. As evening approached, the ribbon of marine clouds and fog meandered back in over parts of the Central Coast and held sway overnight. Just before sunrise, it was mostly clear inland again, foggy at the sand, calm, and the sky revealed the changing seasons. The constellations Orion, Auriga, Taurus and The Pleiades rose in the east telling us the Earth is racing around in its orbit and we’re closing in on Fall.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 65F/57F
Depoe Bay: 62F/53F
Forecast: Even though the stars are saying Autumn is less than a month away, we still have lots of Summer left. Look for more sunshine today in areas where the fog burns off. The mercury will stop around 65F and northwest winds of 10-15 mph gusting 25 will keep it light-jacket cool on the beaches. Tonight, skies become mostly cloudy, and lows dip to about 50F. The edge of a minor weather disturbance is predicted to brush the Central Coast tomorrow resulting in additional cloudiness and even a chance of drizzle in the morning.
Labor Day Weekend… Slight chance of showers Saturday and Sunday, mostly sunny Monday.
Travel: Highway 34 was closed early this morning at its intersection with I-5 south of Albany due to a crash. In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy and 75-85F. Valley destinations will have sunny skies with highs near 80-90F. For the Cascades, mostly sunny; the freezing level is at 14,000 feet.
Marine: Choppy seas of 4 feet at 5 seconds and N winds 10-15 knots are what you’ll run into offshore this morning. As of 7:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Mariners are in for a period of lighter winds right on through the holiday weekend. NNW winds 5-10 knots gusting 15 with a 3 foot swell and 2-3 foot windwaves is the forecast for today through Saturday. The only fly in the ointment will be periods of fog and drizzle reducing visibility at times. Make sure your GPS and radar are working properly. Outlook is for swells rising to 5 feet Sunday and Monday, but winds remaining reasonable at 5-15 knots.
On the Beach… Fog and low clouds, partly sunny, windy, surf 2 feet (low).
* A Water Contact Advisory is in effect for Devils Lake in Lincoln City until further notice.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
08/28 Thu 08:24 AM 1.01 L
08/28 Thu 02:45 PM 7.88 H
08/28 Thu 08:52 PM 1.47 L
08/29 Fri 02:56 AM 7.22 H
In Short: Patchy fog, partial clearing, breezy, then mixed sky.