Thursday, July 16th – Lincoln County
Summary: As anticipated, yesterday’s sea breeze ramped-up to equal Tuesday’s with gusts around 30 mph. Thermometer readings were also in the same range as highs reached the upper-60s; Lincoln City peaked at 70F for the warmest on the Central Coast. The wind lasted right up until sunset which was a little fuzzy due to some clouds encroaching from offshore. Scattered clouds and dead calm carried us through the night with lows in the 50s. At daybreak, there was some patchy fog, clearing above and a very light north wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 70F/58F/30mph
Depoe Bay: 65F/58F/27mph
Forecast: It looks like a fairly straight forward Summer pattern is in place for the next several days; Saturday may be an exception. For today, you can say to the waiter, “I’ll have the usual.” Becoming sunny, highs 65-70F and afternoon seas breezes gusting 25-30 mph. Patchy fog develops tonight along with some low level marine clouds and temps of 50-55F. Tomorrow should be much the same as today, except for a bit lighter wind. Outlook is where the flambé comes in; Saturday is expected to be a warm one with highs of 75F or above (it could hit 100F in parts of the Valley). But the heat wave will be short-lived as the mercury settles back to seasonal normal for the rest of the week. Next up on the threat board is a chance of showers developing Tuesday night or Wednesday.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly 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 80F. For the Cascades, there’s dry pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 45-50F; mostly sunny, the free air freezing level is 13,000.
NOTE: Flaggers will control single-lane travel on Highway 101 across the Yaquina Bay Bridge in alternating directions tonight 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: N winds are blowing 5-15 knots this morning with seas 4 feet at 5 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from 2:00pm this afternoon through Friday morning. Look for northerlies increasing later today to 10-20 knots gusting 25 and lasting through tomorrow; choppy seas 4-6 feet. Outlook is for N wind 15-20 knots Saturday, swells building to 8 feet; easing winds Sunday and Monday, 10-15 knots, with swells subsiding from 7 to 4 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Becoming 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.
07/16 Thu 07:21 AM -1.09 L
07/16 Thu 02:01 PM 7.25 H
07/16 Thu 07:14 PM 2.74 L
07/17 Fri 01:09 AM 8.72 H
In Short: Clearing, windy, then patchy fog, partly cloudy and warmer.