Thursday, June 4th – Lincoln County
Summary: Transition day was on the fast-track as we switched from the damp and cloudy conditions of late to mostly sunny with a sea breeze by late yesterday afternoon. Precipitation totals were mainly under a tenth of an inch. The thermometer rose to at least 60F in all our communities and the northwest winds blew 10-15 mph. Skies were clear until moonrise around 10:00pm when scattered clouds formed, which lasted through the night; low temps were a little chillier at 45-50F. At daybreak, there was no wind, patchy fog and low marine overcast, which may be the standard morning situation for the next few days.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 64F/52F/0.10”
Depoe Bay: 60F/51F/0.07”
Waldport: 63F/48F/<0.01” Yachats: 61F/53F/0.04” [caption id="attachment_133136" align="aligncenter" width="975"] Click ad for details[/caption]
Forecast: Like the work of a good tailor, our weather alterations are nearly complete as an overhauled suit of sunshine replaces the patchwork of shoddy clouds that have clothed us for nearly two weeks. Look for mostly sunny skies this afternoon and highs of 60F or a bit above. Of course, the only open seam in the suit is where the sea breeze comes whistling in; look for nor’westers ramping-up to 15-20 mph gusting 30 later today. Partly cloudy gingham is expected to checker the sky tonight with lows of 45-50F. Tomorrow, mostly sunny again and highs reaching 65F. Outlook is for wearing your refurbished sun-suit all weekend and into Monday, though there may be some unsightly patchy fog and morning low clouds to brush off. The mercury might reach 70F or more with afternoon/evening northwest winds gusting to 30 mph.
Travel: A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for the hottest weather of the year so far expected this weekend and on Monday across the interior of Northwest Oregon (but not the coast). Highs on Saturday may reach around 90F, while those on Sunday may get close to 95F. The temptation when hot weather strikes this time of the year is to seek relief in area rivers or in the ocean. Fatalities are quite common at the coast and in area rivers during the beginning of Summer-type weather. Be extra cautious around the very cold water.
In the Coast Range today, becoming mostly sunny with 65-75F. Valley destinations are expecting partly to mostly sunny conditions and highs of 70-75F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunshine, light west wind, temps 75-80F. For the Cascades, there’s dry pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are right at 45F; partly cloudy, the free air freezing level rising to 10,000 feet.
Marine: The breeze is NNE 5-15 knots this morning and seas are 4 feet at 17 seconds. The predicted Summer-like pattern kicks in this afternoon with a Small Craft Advisory for northerlies rising to 20-25 knots and choppy seas 4-5 feet at 5 seconds. The wind should fade some after midnight to 15-20 knots and seas ease to 4 feet at 6 seconds. Another round of N winds 20-25 knots is projected for tomorrow afternoon and evening, windwaves 4-5 feet. Outlook is for northerlies 10-20 knots rising to 20-25 knots afternoons and evenings Saturday through Monday with steep, short-period seas 5-7 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Sun and clouds, very breezy, surf 3 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
06/04 Thu 08:18 AM -1.51 L
06/04 Thu 03:04 PM 6.92 H
06/04 Thu 08:07 PM 2.84 L
06/05 Fri 02:02 AM 8.66 H
In Short: Mixed sky, windy, then mostly clear, warmer and strong sea breezes.