Monday, July 20th – Lincoln County
Summary: Drizzle and light rain began about 3:30am this morning and left a measureable amount of precipitation in a few of our local rain gauges; Newport and Depoe Bay recorded the most at 0.03”. Farther south, the ground was barely damp. The thick and moist marine layer pushed-in in earnest about 9:00pm last night following a mostly cloudy day featuring a few short sunbreaks and southwest winds gusting into the 20s. High temps were down significantly from Saturday, just making the low 60s. The overcast was complete all night and lows were around 55F. At daybreak, it was calm and foggy with a light drizzle in some areas.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 65F/59F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 62F/56F/0.03”
Waldport: 65F/55F/<0.01” Yachats: 64F/55F/<0.01” Drought Update: This tiny bit of moisture is hardly any relief for what has been a terribly dry year. The National Weather Service has issued its latest drought summary, and it ain’t pretty. Click Drought Information Statement for details.
Forecast: The marine push is fairly strong this morning, so fog and drizzle may hang on for a while. By noonish, there should be brighter skies with sunshine in the afternoon, but lighter winds and the thermometer topping out at 65F or so. Expect low clouds and fog again tonight, low about 55F. Mostly cloudy tomorrow, the northwest sea breeze returns gusting 25 mph and temps rebound slightly to 65F. Outlook is for the marine air to keep on pushin’ against the Central Coast this week with a chance of showers Wednesday, partly clear Thursday and Friday, a slight chance of showers Saturday and then more clearing by Sunday. Average temperatures are expected throughout the long term.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny with 75-85F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 80-90F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, west winds gusting 20 mph, temps around 90F. For the Cascades, there’s dry pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are right at 60F; sunny, the free air freezing level is 14,000 feet.
Marine: Winds are S 5-10 knots this morning with seas 6 feet at 9 seconds. The breeze veers to the NW today, 10-15 knots, gusting 20 out past 10 miles, with swells 4-5 feet at 9 seconds. Tonight, N winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 in the evening, swells 5 feet. It’s back to a nor’wester 15-20 knots tomorrow and seas 4-5 feet. Outlook is for mainly NW winds 5-15 knots Wednesday through Friday and swells around 4 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Foggy, low clouds, sunbreaks, 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.
07/20 Mon 09:41 AM 0.32 L
07/20 Mon 04:24 PM 7.37 H
07/20 Mon 10:11 PM 2.57 L
07/21 Tue 03:54 AM 6.77 H
In Short: Fog, drizzle, mostly cloudy, moderate winds, then overcast with showers possible.