Friday, July 10th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday’s fog, drizzle and gray skies were the result of a very deep marine layer. Precipitation totals weren’t quite enough to reach the ‘measureable’ mark of 0.01”, albeit the ground was definitely damp. Some areas of the Central Coast got a couple of meager peeks at the Sun, but generally unbroken overcast prevailed. Winds came out of the southwest at 10-15 mph and the mercury reached the low-60s. The cloud cover remained in place overnight, with rather warm low temps in the upper-50s and a little drizzle fell in spots. Daybreak arrived under cloudy skies and no wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 64F/59F
Depoe Bay: 59F/58F
Forecast: Sunshine will be another crap-shoot today as predictions run the gamut from partly cloudy to mostly sunny. Hedging our bets, let’s go for possible sunbreaks, highs in the low-60s and southerly winds 10 mph or so. Patchy drizzle is on the table again tonight, mainly cloudy skies and a low about 55F. Things get a little dicey tomorrow, with odds of 1-to-5 for some showers and the thermometer heads for 60F. Outlook is for rollin’ them bones again Sunday and Monday as a chance of showers lingers, though the probabilities remain low. Tuesday through Thursday, it’ll be ‘seven come eleven’ as we win back some sunshine but lose the mild southerly winds to blustery afternoon/evening sea breezes.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, cloudy, isolated showers, patchy drizzle with 65-75F. Valley destinations are expecting isolated showers, mostly cloudy and highs of 75-80F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for cloudy skies, possible showers, west winds gusting 20 mph, temps near 80F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 50-55F; mostly cloudy, a chance of showers and thunderstorms, the snow level is above 8,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is possible showers and intermittent wet roads through Sunday in all of Northwest Oregon.
NOTE: Beginning Sunday night and continuing through Thursday night, flaggers will control single-lane travel across the Yaquina Bay Bridge in alternating directions between the hours of 8:00pm and 5:30am. Expect delays of no longer than 20 minutes. ODOT crews are replacing two bridge joints, which should result in a quieter and smoother ride. The project is scheduled for completion on Friday morning, July 17th.
Marine: There’s a bit more breeze offshore this morning, S 10-15 knots, but seas are just 3 feet at 17 seconds. Similar conditions are projected to continue today, tonight and tomorrow, as southerlies blow 10-15 knots gusting 20 and mixed swells/windwaves stay about 3 feet. Outlook is for a SW breeze 5-10 knots on Sunday, NW winds 5-10 knots Monday, and then back to a Summer pattern of afternoon/evening northerlies 15-20 knots gusting 25 beginning Tuesday; swells 4-5 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Clouds early, sunbreaks later, light breeze, surf 2-3 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
07/10 Fri 08:28 AM 5.82 H
07/10 Fri 01:46 PM 2.12 L
07/10 Fri 08:23 PM 8.82 H
07/11 Sat 03:25 AM 0.17 L
In Short: Possible partial clearing, light winds, then overcast and showers.