Monday, July 13th – Lincoln County
Summary: The effects of the trough of low pressure hovering just offshore were felt yesterday in two ways. One, a few light rain showers passed through the Central Coast producing just-measurable precipitation in spots. Second, the lack of wind coupled with thinning clouds allowed the thermometer to rise above projections; Yachats hit 72F for the highest locally with Lincoln City close behind. The sky filled in again just before sunset and it was overcast all night; lows dipped to around 60F. At daybreak, there was no wind, cloudy skies and a smidge of drizzle falling.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 70F/60F/<0.01” Depoe Bay: 64F/58F/<0.01” Newport: 64F/57F/0.01” Waldport: 69F/59F/0.01” Yachats: 72F/59F/<0.01” [caption id="attachment_133136" align="aligncenter" width="975"] Click ad for details[/caption]
Forecast: We’re on the cusp of change. Mixed conditions will be around for another day before we return to more traditional Summer weather. Look for clouds and sunshine today, highs near 65F and a wind switch to the northwest. Occasional sprinkles are expected tonight with a low of 55F. Tomorrow may begin with some drizzle, then turn partly sunny as the mercury reaches for 65F and an afternoon sea breeze gusts to 25 mph. Outlook is for partly to mostly clear Wednesday through Sunday, highs of 65-70F, lows of 55-60F and afternoon/evening northwest winds gusting 20-30 mph.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly cloudy, isolated showers with 65-75F. Valley destinations are expecting partly sunny conditions, isolated showers and a high of 80F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies, a few showers, light west wind, temps near 80F. For the Cascades, there’s damp pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are right at 50F; mostly cloudy, scattered showers, a chance of thunderstorms, the snow level is above 8,000 feet.
NOTE: Tonight through Thursday night, flaggers will control single-lane travel on Highway 101 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 as ODOT crews replace two bridge joints.
Marine: The breeze is light and variable this morning with swells 3 feet at 9 seconds. A slow pattern change is underway today as winds return to northerly 5-10 knots gusting 15 and swells hover around 3 feet. Tonight, the N wind rises to 10-15 knots gusting 20 with mixed swells/chop 3-4 feet. Regular Summertime N winds are back in tomorrow’s forecast at 15-20 knots gusting 25 and seas 3-4 feet. Outlook is for northerlies 15-20 knots occasionally gusting 25 Wednesday through Friday with swells slowly building from 4 to 6 feet by week’s end. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Clouds, sunshine, breezy, surf 3 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
07/13 Mon 11:52 AM 6.59 H
07/13 Mon 04:50 PM 2.90 L
07/13 Mon 10:59 PM 9.15 H
07/14 Tue 06:00 AM -1.04 L
In Short: Some sun, moderate winds, sprinkles, then clearing and blustery sea breezes.