Friday, August 29th – Lincoln County
Summary: We began yesterday socked-in, but the fog and low clouds burned off in most areas by lunchtime and we logged another elegant Summer day. The thermometer played around in the 60s, and northwest winds were lighter at 10-15 mph. Fog and low clouds returned, at least near the beach, by late afternoon and persisted through the evening. Overnight, low clouds filled in everywhere and covered the sky; low temps were in the 50s. This morning, there was damp ground from drizzle with some locations on the Central Coast receiving recordable precipitation.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Drizzle…
Lincoln City: 69F/59F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 62F/52F/<0.01” Newport: 64F/52F/<0.01” Waldport: 63F/50F/0.01” Yachats: 65F/51F/0.01” Forecast: It seems the best plan is to plan for everything this holiday weekend. Over the next four days we could see fog, clouds, showers and sunshine, in that order. For today, tonight and tomorrow, patchy fog, mostly cloudy skies, a slight (20%) chance of showers, high temps 60-65F, lows in the low-50s, and light breezes. Sunday should be at minimum partly sunny but with a lingering chance of showers. Labor Day itself will probably be the best for a barbecue as we anticipate mostly sunny skies, dry and the mercury rising to 65F or a little warmer. Outlook is for routine Summer weather the rest of the week with mostly sunny days, partly cloudy nights, highs of 65F, lows of 50-55F and the return of stronger northwest winds.
Travel: Expect heavier than normal traffic and some delays on Central Coast highways late this afternoon through Monday evening due to the Labor Day weekend. In the Coast Range today, cloudy and 65-75F. Valley destinations will have mostly cloudy skies with highs of 75-80F. For the Cascades, mostly cloudy; the freezing level is at 14,000 feet. Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is a chance of showers and wet pavement tomorrow and again Sunday evening; partly cloudy and dry on Monday.
Marine: It’s virtually calm this morning with rounded seas 4 feet at 10 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Nearly flat conditions are predicted today with variable winds less than 5 knots, a NW swell of 3 feet and occasional drizzle. Look for a light W breeze tonight, 5-10 knots, and long-period seas around 4 feet. If you’re going to be chasing salmon tomorrow as the non-selective Coho sportfishing season opens, SW winds 5-10 knots, the swell rising to 5 feet and a chance of showers. On Sunday, W to SW winds 5-15 knots, seas around 5 feet. Labor Day, it’ll be back to NW winds of 10-15 knots with higher gusts in the afternoon and evening; swells 5 feet with 3 foot chop on top. Outlook is for Summer northerlies 15-20 knots and lumpy 3-5 foot seas into midweek.
On the Beach… Drizzle early, mostly cloudy, surf 3 feet (low).
*Gray whale viewing has been terrific at Yaquina Head, Depoe Bay and other areas where you can see these leviathans up close from shore. Whale-watching charters have also been offering phenomenal encounters.
* The Water Contact Advisory remains 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.
08/29 Fri 08:54 AM 1.45 L
08/29 Fri 03:15 PM 7.94 H
08/29 Fri 09:34 PM 1.38 L
08/30 Sat 03:41 AM 6.79 H
In Short: Mostly cloudy, light breeze, then slight chance of showers.