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Weather or Not: Spring’s Swan Song

Chris Burns Weather

Saturday, June 20th – Lincoln County

Summary: The transformation was slow and steady yesterday as the morning began overcast and cool, but the Sun had an agenda. The late-Spring high angle of our local star had the power to begin perforating the cloud deck before 10:00am and just kept right on burning it off. By noon we were sunny and the thermometer was on a ride into the 60s. The tardy sea breeze arrived around 3:00pm a bit lighter than usual, albeit Waldport recorded a gust over 30 mph (that community also had the coolest high temp). The wind dropped to nearly nil at sunset, after which a thin slice of waxing Moon accompanied by Venus and Jupiter decorated the western sky. No clouds to speak of overnight with lows in the upper 40s. At daybreak, it was clear and calm.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 67F/53F/28mph
Depoe Bay: 63F/48F/20mph
Newport: 63F/43F/26mph
Waldport: 59F/47F/32mph
Yachats: 62F/47F/26mph

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Forecast: Spring sings its swan song today and it should be in harmony with Beachcomber Days in Waldport and the Mutt Masters Dog Show in Lincoln City. Expect sunshine and highs in the low-60s. Of course, with this melodious weather, the afternoon sea WON SUN-WINDbreeze is gonna deliver a commanding refrain gusting 30-35 mph. Partly cloudy skies are expected tonight with lows around 50F. There’s a probability that the first day of Summer tomorrow could be somewhat cloudy as a minor low pressure system affects us, though the mercury should still top out at 60F or so. Outlook is for residual overcast on Monday, a discordant mix of clouds and clearing Tuesday through Thursday, and then we may have to put Martha & The Vandellas on the turntable for a ‘Heat Wave’ beginning Friday with Central Coast highs reaching 70F or better (the Valley may hit 100F in spots by next weekend).

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Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny with 70-80F. 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 bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 45-50F; mostly sunny, the free air freezing level is 11,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is dry roads in all of Northwest Oregon through Sunday night.

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Marine: Winds are light nearshore this morning, but blowing N 20-25 knots out at the Rockpile with windwaves 4 feet. A WON SCASmall Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through late tonight. N winds 15-20 knots gusting 25-30 along with steep chop 4 feet at 4-5 seconds. The breeze eases to 15-20 knots after midnight and windwaves lengthen to 4 feet at 7 seconds. Tomorrow, expect northerlies 10-20 knots gusting 25 and windwaves 3 feet. Outlook is for light winds on Monday, NW 5-10 knots, and seas 2 feet. Tuesday and Wednesday, look for N winds to build again to 10-20 knots with 3-4 foot windwaves. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Sunny, breezy, surf 3-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
06/20 Sat 09:40 AM -0.65 L
06/20 Sat 04:31 PM 7.08 H
06/20 Sat 09:55 PM 2.95 L
06/21 Sun 03:34 AM 7.22 H

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In Short: Mainly clear, windy, then some clouds and less wind.

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