Tuesday, July 7th – Lincoln County
Summary: Mother Nature was thinking outside the box yesterday. It seemed rather odd to have a stiff southwest sea breeze and accompanying white-capped ocean, but that was the case. The Summer pattern has been disturbed by a confused atmosphere, which has also had the effect of cooling off the interior of Northwest Oregon (the Heat Advisory was lifted early this morning). Our thermometers recorded seasonal highs in the 60s, with Yachats the warmest at 64F. Though there were periods of sunshine during the day, the marine overcast filled in during the evening and lasted all night; lows were in the mid-50s. At dawn it was cloudy without a breath of wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 63F/57F
Depoe Bay: 60F/56F
Forecast: The backwards breeze should slowly be veering to its normal Summer direction, northwest, this afternoon. Its strength is expected to be much less than the recent bouts of strong winds. A marine-influenced scenario with mixed skies and seasonal temperatures is projected to run from today through Friday. Look for highs of 60-65F and lows of 50-55F. Outlook is for partly sunny days, cloudy nights, the return of light backward breezes (from the south) and average temperatures Saturday through Monday. One computer model has added showers into the mix for those days, but right now it’s an outlier.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy with 75-85F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 85-90F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light west winds, temps near 95F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are right at 60F; mostly sunny, the free air freezing level is 14,000 feet.
Marine: It’s nearly flat this morning with a SE wind less than 5 knots and rounded swells 4 feet at 8 seconds. The breeze is expected to shift to the NW 5-10 knots this afternoon and the swell stays down around 4 feet at 8 seconds. Tonight, the nor’wester rises to 5-10 knots gusting 15, easing after midnight, mixed seas 3 feet. N wind 5-10 knots is projected for tomorrow with 3 foot swells. Outlook is for W to SW winds 5-15 knots occasionally gusting 20 Thursday through Saturday; swells 3-5 feet through the period. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Clouds and sunbreaks, light breeze, surf 2-3 feet (low).
* Inland residents visiting the Central Coast to escape the heat should remember that the ocean is extremely cold (55F); swimming in it can quickly lead to hypothermia and drowning.
07/07 Tue 10:57 AM -0.05 L
07/07 Tue 05:43 PM 8.28 H
07/07 Tue 11:55 PM 1.71 L
07/08 Wed 05:43 AM 6.61 H
In Short: Clouds and clearing, light wind, then mostly cloudy.
Weather Factoid A regular reader writes: “The News Lincoln County website is the first look of the online papers for me each morning, and then again in the evening to see what may have taken place over the day; love it. The only small complaint I have is with Chris Burns’ weather – why doesn’t he include Toledo, Siletz, and Eddyville? Lincoln County is not only the coastline. In fact the people should see the difference in temperatures a few miles can make. Thank you for News Lincoln County.”
(a) The weather just a few miles east of the coast is so dissimilar that an entirely separate daily column would probably be necessary.
(b) More of a deal-breaker, however, is that unlike the beach towns, there are no official weather stations located in the communities mentioned by the reader. We are simply unable to compile accurate daily statistics.
(c) We have asked numerous times for ‘weather watchers’ to provide daily updates from the Lincoln County towns located east of the coast, but no one has stepped up to the plate.
So, if we want to include Lincoln County’s non-coastal areas, someone will have to make the investment in time and money. Professional-grade weather stations would need to be purchased, set up and operated in all of the communities, followed by application for inclusion in the National Weather Service’s Mesonet observations system, and then a comprehensive summary and forecast written every morning, seven days a week, by 8:00am without fail. Maybe that’s you?