Wednesday, July 1st – Lincoln County
Summary: The nor’wester was back in full force yesterday gusting over 30 mph during the afternoon. Fog hassled the beaches and headlands, but it was mostly sunny east of 101. Away from the wind and fog, the mercury was able to rise into the 60s with Lincoln City on the cusp of 70F. A stretch of low overcast lasted through much of the night; low temps were in the 50s. At daybreak, skies were clearing nicely and the wind was calm. By the way, as you might have suspected, Northwest Oregon (excluding the Central Coast) recorded not only the warmest June on record but also abnormally dry conditions; read the monthly stats here.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 68F/53F/31mph
Depoe Bay: 62F/53F/25mph
Forecast: Copious sunshine is on tap today along with sea breezes ramping up to 30 mph or so. High temperatures should again be about 65F, some 30F cooler than the Valley. Expect partly cloudy skies tonight as the first of two Full Moons during the month of July rises at 8:37pm, just before the 9:05pm sunset. Called the Full Buck Moon, it is named for the season when the new velvety antlers of buck deer spring from their foreheads. The second Full Moon of the month happens on July 31st; and, yes, this rare occurrence is called a Blue Moon. Tomorrow and Friday, look for morning clouds and patchy fog, followed by afternoon sunshine. The wind should be a tad lighter with the thermometer a smidge lower at 60-65F.
4th of July Weekend… Partly cloudy, moderate breeze, high 60-65F, low 50-55F.
Travel: The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory, in effect from 1:00pm this afternoon to 9:00pm Friday, for the eastern half of the Coast Range, the Willamette Valley, the Gorge and the Cascade foothills. Temperatures of 85-95F are expected.
In the Coast Range today, sunny with 85-95F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and a high of 95F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light northwest winds, temps 90-95F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 60-70F; sunny, the free air freezing level is 16,000 feet.
Marine: Winds are light nearshore, but blowing N 15-20 knots at the Rockpile with lumpy seas 6 feet at 8 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through late tonight. Northerlies rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30 this afternoon and choppy windwaves 6 feet at 7 seconds on a 4 foot swell. The breeze eases after midnight and through tomorrow to N 15-20 knots gusting 25 with windwaves 5 feet at 8 seconds and swells around 5 feet. Outlook is for similar conditions Friday, then lighter winds Saturday, N 10-15 knots, and Sunday just 10 knots out of the west; swells 6-7 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Patchy fog, sun, breezy, surf 5-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
07/01 Wed 06:38 AM -1.25 L
07/01 Wed 01:19 PM 6.81 H
07/01 Wed 06:17 PM 2.88 L
07/02 Thu 12:19 AM 9.24 H
In Short: Mainly clear and windy, then partly cloudy and lighter breezes.