Tuesday, July 21st – Lincoln County
Summary: The strength of the Summer Sun cannot be discounted. Even though we started yesterday under low clouds, fog and drizzle, by early afternoon the thick marine layer had been burned off. The mercury cleared the 70F hurdle in Lincoln City while our other communities were in the upper-60s. The northwest sea breeze gusted up to about 20 mph completing our typical Summer day scenario. The overcast filled in again just after sunset and lasted all night; lows were in the mid-50s. Occasional haze smeared the beach view at times early this morning, but Ol’ Sol was making rapid headway using his muscle to knock it out. Lotsa blue was showing after sunrise and it was dead calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 71F/60F
Depoe Bay: 66F/57F
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Forecast: Let’s shoot for another nice one today with sunshine and clouds and highs of 65F or so, though the sea breeze will probably be somewhat stiffer this afternoon, gusting 25-30 mph. The marine layer rebuilds tonight with easing winds and a low of 55F. Tomorrow could be mostly cloudy, but some sunshine is still probable, the thermometer heads for 60-65F and northwest winds blow at just 10-15 mph. Outlook is for mixed skies, patchy fog, light to moderate winds and seasonal temperatures Thursday through Monday. There’s an ever-so-slight chance of a few showers on Saturday.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy with 70-75F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 75-80F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for partly sunny skies, west winds gusting 20 mph, temps around 80F. For the Cascades, there’s dry pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 50-55F; partly cloudy, the free air freezing level is 13,000 feet.
Marine: The breeze is N 5-10 knots and seas are 4-5 feet at 7 seconds this morning. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from 2:00pm this afternoon through this evening. Northerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20 by this afternoon and 5 foot swells with 3 foot chop on top. Tonight, N gusts to 25 knots early then easing after midnight to 10-15 knots, swells 6 feet. Expect lighter N winds tomorrow, 5-10 knots gusting 15 and swells around 6 feet. Outlook is for northerlies 5-15 knots Thursday through Saturday with swells 4-5 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, breezy, surf 3-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
07/21 Tue 10:16 AM 0.89 L
07/21 Tue 05:00 PM 7.36 H
07/21 Tue 11:03 PM 2.51 L
07/22 Wed 04:44 AM 6.16 H
In Short: Clearing, windy, then mixed skies.