Wednesday, June 17th – Lincoln County
Summary: The sea breeze sprung up early yesterday, beginning by 9:00am under cloudy skies. Together with the Sun, the two wiped out the morning overcast by noon. Wind gusts topped 30 mph in some areas, though anemometers in the southern section of the Central Coast peaked around 20 mph. Highs were seasonal near 60F. The marine influence never got a foothold during the evening and overnight so conditions were mostly clear with lows dropping into the 40s. At daybreak, it looked like the start of a classic late Spring day; winds were light easterly and the sky was blue.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 63F/51F/34mph
Depoe Bay: 58F/46F/26mph
Forecast: Spring is in the home stretch (Summer begins Sunday) and is running on a fairly typical track with mostly sunny skies after morning clouds and afternoon/evening sea breezes. The high temp today should come in around 60F and nor’westers are expected to gust to 30 mph or so. Mostly cloudy tonight as a marine layer develops and lows dip to 50F. It’s possible the morning clouds will be slow to clear tomorrow, but the jury is still out on that; at least partly sunny skies should appear with the mercury rising to 60F again. Outlook is for a mix of clouds and clearing Friday and Saturday, then lots of sunshine Sunday through Tuesday as Spring crosses the finish line and Summer gallops out of the gate for its three-month run. Look for seasonal temperatures and continued afternoon/evening sea breezes.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, sunny with 70-80F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and a high of 80F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, west wind gusting 25 mph, temps around 80F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 45-50F; mostly sunny, breezy, the free air freezing level is at 12,000 feet.
Marine: Winds range from light NE nearshore to 10 knots 10 miles out to 15 knots at Stonewall Bank this morning; seas are 4 feet at 5 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect from 2:00pm this afternoon through this evening for northerlies 15-20 knots gusting 25 with 4-5 foot, choppy windwaves. The breeze should be down to N 10-15 knots late tonight and tomorrow, windwaves 3-4 feet atop 1-2 foot swells. Outlook is for light and variable winds on Friday before they come back from the N at 15-25 knots Saturday and Sunday with 5 foot windwaves. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Sunny, hazy, breezy, surf 2-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
06/17 Wed 07:39 AM -1.66 L
06/17 Wed 02:22 PM 7.18 H
06/17 Wed 07:30 PM 2.72 L
06/18 Thu 01:25 AM 8.86 H
In Short: Mainly clear, windy, then mixed skies and dry.