Saturday, June 27th – Lincoln County
Summary: While the Valley sweltered (Eugene set a record high of 98F surpassing 97F in 2006), the Central Coast was cool as a cucumber. In fact, it was even cooler yesterday that it was on Thursday. The mercury didn’t quite hit 60F in areas that couldn’t shake the fog. The big story was the sea breeze which was running at full strength; Lincoln City nailed first place with a gust of 43 mph. The wind rapidly died away with the obscured sunset. Clouds, haze and fog masked the sky for most of the overnight period and lows slumped to around 50F. At dawn, it was mostly cloudy and a light southerly wind drifted through the trees.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 62F/53F/43mph
Depoe Bay: 62F/50F/25mph
Watches and Warnings: A Fire Weather Watch remains in effect for the Central Coast and all of Lincoln County for the potential of abundant lightning occurring this afternoon through 11:00am Sunday. The combination of lightning and unseasonable critically dry fuels may challenge initial attack capabilities for any new fire starts. Some increase in relative humidity is expected Sunday, but more very warm, dry and unstable weather is likely next week, especially away from the immediate coast.
A Heat Advisory is in effect for all of Lincoln County east of the western foothills of the Coast Range until 5:00am Sunday. Daytime high temperatures: 85-95F, and nighttime low temperatures generally from 60-70F. This is abnormally early for a heat wave of this magnitude. Be sure to avoid exertion during the heat of the day and to stay hydrated with clear liquids. Automobiles when left in direct sunlight can heat up rapidly to temperatures harmful over even deadly to pets and children. Use caution near area rivers and the ocean, be sure to wear a life jacket and use good judgment.
A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the far eastern section of Lincoln County. Hot, dry, unstable conditions, unseasonably dry fuels and the potential for abundant lightning will create explosive fire conditions in the eastern Coast Range though 11:00am tomorrow.
Forecast: There’ll be a night and day difference again between the coast and inland areas of Northwest Oregon today. Our high temperatures could be as much as 40F below forecasts for the Valley. Look for a mixed sky here, a chance of dry thunderstorms, highs of 60-65F and northwest winds 10-15 mph tops. Mostly cloudy tonight with a chance of thunderstorms and a low near 55F. The threat of thunderstorms will remain until noon or so tomorrow, partly sunny skies, high of 60-65F, light southwest winds and a slight chance of showers. Outlook is for typical Summer weather Monday through Friday with sunny days, partly cloudy nights, foggy at times along the beach, sea breezes, highs of 65-70F and lows around 55F.
Travel: In effect through Sunday are a Heat Advisory for the Coast Range, an Excessive Heat Warning for the Willamette Valley and a Red Flag Warning for Northwest Oregon from the Coast Range east. And, be prepared for heavier than usual traffic on all coastal roads and highways as Valley residents escape the extreme heat.
In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy, a chance of thunderstorms with 85-95F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 95-105F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, light northeast wind, temps around 100F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 65-70F; partly cloudy, a chance of thunderstorms, the free air freezing level is 16,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is dry roads and extremely hot today, a chance of thunderstorms through tonight, cooling tomorrow.
Marine: Winds are light from shore to about 10 miles out but are blowing NNE 10-15 knots at the Rockpile this morning with choppy seas 6-7 feet at 7 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect out past 10 miles today for N winds 20-25 knots, easing to 10-15 knots this afternoon and windwaves 4-6 feet falling to 4 feet. Tonight, NW winds 10-20 knots, fading after midnight, swells 4 feet and a chance of thunderstorms. Light W winds around 5 knots tomorrow with swells 4 feet at 9 seconds. Outlook is for N winds 10-20 knots Monday through Wednesday and lumpy swells/windwaves 3-4 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
Notices to Mariners… The US Coast Guard has issued a new Yaquina Bay and River channel depth tabulation. Click here for the downloadable/printable chart addition. Also, on Chart 18581, relocate the Yaquina Bay Entrance ‘Regulated Navigation Area Warning Sign’ to coordinates 44-37-29.058N, 124-03-26.568W. And, expect some restrictions to be in place on Alsea Bay for Independence Day fireworks, July 3rd 10:00pm until July 4th 1:00am; and on Yaquina Bay, July 4th from 10:00pm-10:30pm.
On the Beach… Fog/clouds, partly sunny, possible thunderstorms, surf 3-5 feet (low).
* Inland residents coming to the Central Coast to cool off this weekend should avoid swimming in the ocean which is extremely cold and can quickly cause hypothermia and drowning.
06/27 Sat 10:08 AM 5.32 H
06/27 Sat 03:02 PM 2.82 L
06/27 Sat 09:31 PM 8.03 H
06/28 Sun 04:37 AM 0.40 L
In Short: Mixed sky, chance of thunderstorms, then mainly clear and warmer.