Friday, June 12th – Lincoln County
Summary: While projections hinted at a lighter sea breeze developing yesterday, gusts simply ignored that advice and once again roared up to around 40 mph by late afternoon. The thermometer was dragged kicking and screaming toward 60F; only the Banana Belt town of Lincoln City surpassed that mark. Skies were mostly clear through sunset and overnight. Low temps averaged about 50F. At dawn, there was lotsa blue above, some shoreline haze along the beach and the nor’westers had already started blowing 10-15 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 63F/54F/38mph
Depoe Bay: 59F/52F/31mph
Forecast: “Does the wind blow like this all the time here?” a visitor asked while pointing toward the northwest. “No, absolutely not,” replied a local who then pointed to the southwest. “In the winter it blows from over there.” Today could be the windiest of the next few days as the sea breeze will be somewhat amplified by atmospheric conditions. Gusts over 40 mph on the beaches and headlands are not out of the question this afternoon and evening. It looks like the mercury will be held down to about 60F again, but there should be abundant sunshine. Increasing clouds tonight, lows of 45-50F. Tomorrow, expect mostly sunny skies, strong afternoon and evening sea breezes with high temps holding at 60F. Outlook is for the pattern to persist through next week with some day-to-day variations in wind strength.
Newport Celtic Festival… Sunny, cool and windy.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny, windy with 65-75F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine, breezy and a high of 70-75F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, west winds gusting 25 mph, temps around 75F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 40-50F; sunny, windy, the free air freezing level stabilizing at 10,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is dry roads in all of Northwest Oregon through Sunday night.
Marine: Winds are N 10-15 knots with choppy windwaves 6 feet at 6 seconds this morning. Small Craft Advisories for winds are in effect from noon today until late tonight, and for tomorrow afternoon through late evening. Northerlies rise to 20-25 knots gusting 30-35 this afternoon lasting until well after sunset with square seas 7 feet at 7 seconds. The breeze eases a little to 15-20 knots from midnight tonight through tomorrow afternoon when it returns full force at N 20-25 knots gusting 30; rough seas 6-7 feet at 6-7 seconds. Outlook is for a similar situation on Sunday before conditions subside a bit on Monday and Tuesday with N winds 15-20 knots and lumpy windwaves down to 5 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mainly sunny, very breezy, surf 4-6 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
06/12 Fri 09:51 AM 6.06 H
06/12 Fri 03:13 PM 1.74 L
06/12 Fri 09:42 PM 8.95 H
06/13 Sat 04:35 AM -0.49 L
In Short: Mostly clear, quite windy, then repeat.