Friday, June 5th – Lincoln County
Summary: The first in a lengthy run of sunny and windy days unfolded as advertised yesterday. When the sea breeze finally returned, it rushed in in spades with gusts of 30-40 mph; Waldport recorded the strongest blast. Temperatures weren’t anything to write home about as readings stayed seasonal around 60F. Skies were clear throughout the evening and overnight; lows dipped into the 40s, also seasonal. Some low-level marine clouds and fog developed just before dawn with visibility at times down to a quarter mile along the beaches. The fog was lifting by 7:00am and winds were light out of the east.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 64F/53F/36mph
Depoe Bay: 60F/48F/30mph
Forecast: You can’t have one without the other. If it’s gonna be sunny this time of year it’s gonna be windy – they’re inextricably linked. That’s just how it works. So, we’re in for another round of stiff sea breezes this afternoon and evening under mainly clear skies, and the mercury should reach 65F or so. Tonight, a few low clouds and some patchy fog will probably develop again, lows near 50F. Not much change predicted tomorrow as we look for abundant sunshine, a high near 65F and blustery afternoon/evening sea breezes. We might also expect a ton of visitors this weekend as the Valley roasts in the 90s. Outlook is for the sunny and windy routine to keep a foothold through at least Wednesday before we start to see increasing clouds, lighter winds and temps dip a smidge into the 50s.
Travel: The Special Weather Statement remains in effect for the hottest weather so far this year expected over the weekend in Northwest Oregon, sans the immediate coastline. In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny with 75-85F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 80-85F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light west wind, temps around 85F. For the Cascades, there’s dry pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 45-50F; mostly sunny, the free air freezing level is 12,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is hot weather and dry roads through Sunday night.
Marine: While the breeze has faded nearshore, it’s still blowing 20-25 knots offshore at the Rockpile this morning with choppy, square seas 6 feet at 6 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect from 2:00pm this afternoon through late tonight for northerlies 20-25 knots and steep windwaves 4-5 feet at 5-6 seconds on top of 3-4 foot swells. The wind should ease a little after midnight to 15-20 knots and seas fall 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, swells 6-8 feet. Outlook is for northerlies 10-20 knots rising to 20-25 knots afternoons and evenings Sunday through Tuesday with steep, short-period seas 5-7 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, very breezy, surf 3-5 feet (low).
* A reminder for Valley visitors headed to the beach to cool off: the ocean is very cold and swimming in it can quickly lead to hypothermia and drowning. You should also be aware of strong rip currents which are extremely dangerous and have the ability to rapidly pull you out to deep water. For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
06/05 Fri 09:01 AM -1.48 L
06/05 Fri 03:49 PM 7.01 H
06/05 Fri 08:57 PM 2.87 L
06/06 Sat 02:48 AM 8.34 H
In Short: Mainly clear, windy, then clear with strong sea breezes.