Wednesday, July 8th – Lincoln County
Summary: Once the morning clouds burned off, we had fairly pleasant conditions yesterday. Highs came in around 65F, except in the Lincoln City Banana Belt where the mercury climbed to 70F. The breeze came from the correct (read, seasonal) direction, northwest, but didn’t amount to much with the strongest gusts less than 20 mph. Returning marine clouds held off until after a vivid sunset and it was then overcast all night. That kept the day’s heat locked-in and low temps reflected the insulating cloud blanket by only dipping a few degrees. At daybreak, it was warm, cloudy and dead calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 70F/58F
Depoe Bay: 63F/57F
Forecast: There doesn’t appear to be anything substantial in the way of fluctuations in our weather until the weekend. Today, tonight and tomorrow, expect a somewhat stagnant pattern of night/morning clouds/fog, some afternoon sunshine, light winds and normal July temps of 55F-65F. Outlook is for a possible change beginning sometime Saturday. All of the computer models are now on aboard with a chance of showers and cloudy skies, especially between Saturday night and Monday morning. Partly to mostly clear conditions return by late Monday into Tuesday; seasonal temperatures are predicted throughout the extended period.
Travel: Speaking of change, the inland heat wave is predicted to end after one or two more very warm days. In the Coast Range today, becoming mostly sunny with 80-85F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and a high of 90F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light west winds, temps near 90F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 55-60F; mostly sunny, a chance of showers and thunderstorms, the snow level is above 8,000 feet.
Marine: Swells are just 3 feet at 8 seconds this morning with a light northerly breeze under 10 knots. NW winds increasing to 10 knots gusting 15 this afternoon and evening, easing to 5 knots after midnight; mixed long-period swells holding at 2-3 feet. Tomorrow, a light SW breeze 5 knots and swells 3 feet. Outlook is for southerlies Friday through Sunday, 10-15 knots gusting 20 at times with swells 4-5 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Clouds early, sun later, light breeze, surf 2 feet (low).
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07/08 Wed 11:48 AM 0.73 L
07/08 Wed 06:35 PM 8.47 H
07/09 Thu 01:07 AM 1.29 L
07/09 Thu 07:02 AM 6.05 H
In Short: Some clearing, light winds, then patchy fog and mixed skies.