Wednesday, July 15th – Lincoln County
Summary: The sea breeze was back at full strength yesterday, blowing 20-30 mph; peak gust on the Central Coast was 37 mph recorded at South Beach. Skies were clear for most of the day with only a few scattered puffs of white showing near the beaches/headlands in the late afternoon. High temps climbed to the upper-60s. The wind machine was switched to low just after sunset, and shut completely off by 2:00am. Starshine prevailed overnight, except for a smattering of marine clouds just offshore. This morning, it was mostly clear with a hint of portentous north wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 69F/58F/32mph
Depoe Bay: 65F/59F/29mph
Forecast: Today’s sea breezes should be a twin of yesterday’s, peaking at 30 mph or so by this afternoon. Lots of sunshine is on the bill, too, with a seasonal high temperature of about 65F. Tonight look for partly cloudy skies, no viewable Moon (it reaches its New Phase at 6:24pm), light winds and a low near 55F. Expect mostly sunny conditions again tomorrow, a blustery nor’wester and mercury readings of 65-70F. Outlook is for partly to mostly clear skies, afternoon/evening seas breezes and temperatures mainly 55-65F. There’s a chance that the weekend twins, Saturday and Sunday, could peak above 70F, but the ratings on that scenario are in dispute.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, sunny with 70-80F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and a high of 80F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, west winds gusting 20 mph, temps near 85F. For the Cascades, there’s dry pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 45-55F; sunny, the free air freezing level is 12,000.
NOTE: Tonight and tomorrow 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: Choppy windwaves 5 feet at 6 seconds are being generated this morning by N winds 15-20 knots at the Rockpile; the breeze and seas are lighter near shore. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from 1:00pm this afternoon through late tonight. Expect northerlies 15-20 knots gusting 25 later today and tonight along with lumpy wind-driven seas 4-5 feet. Tomorrow, N winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 and 3-5 foot mixed swells/windwaves. Outlook is for northerlies 15-25 knots Friday through Sunday with swells building to 7-8 feet by the weekend. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, breezy, surf 3-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
07/15 Wed 06:42 AM -1.14 L
07/15 Wed 01:23 PM 7.11 H
07/15 Wed 06:30 PM 2.81 L
07/16 Thu 12:28 AM 8.97 H
In Short: Partly cloudy, windy, then mainly clear with sea breezes.