Wednesday, July 22nd – Lincoln County
Summary: It seemed sorta clearish yesterday, but all told, it was mostly cloudy. Fortunately, the clouds were thin and didn’t do much more than slap a gauze filter on the Sun. The northwest sea breeze was back to its old habit of blowing 20 mph gusting 30 and high temperatures climbed to the upper-60s. The wind machine was switched to low at sunset and turned off at midnight. Scattered clouds and haze along the beaches carried us through the night with lows primarily in the low-50s, though Newport dipped to 48F. At daybreak, skies were partly cloudy and it was dead calm. We have exactly 15 hours of daylight today (down from a peak of 15 hours and 33 minutes on the June 21st Solstice) and we’re currently losing 2 minutes a day.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 69F/57F/30mph
Depoe Bay: 67F/53F/27mph
Forecast: There’s a low pressure trough sitting over the ocean right next to shore this morning and its oscillations will determine today’s sky cover. Our best guess is for a mixed sky and high temps around 65F. The nor’westers are projected to return at conventional speeds this afternoon/evening, 10-20 mph gusting 30. Tonight, the marine push is on again so expect clouds to develop with the wind easing after midnight; the mercury slips to 50-55F. Partly to mostly sunny again tomorrow, a lighter sea breeze, and highs around 65F. Outlook is for patchy fog and partial clearing Friday through Sunday with a chance of showers, then mostly clear and breezy Monday and Tuesday. The thermometer should stay in the normal Summer range of 55F-65F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy with 70-80F. Valley destinations are expecting mainly sunshine and highs of 75-80F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a chance of showers early, then sunny skies, light west winds, temps near 80F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are right at 45F; partly cloudy, the free air freezing level is 10,000 feet.
Marine: Winds are light NE 5-10 knots this morning with seas 6 feet at 9 seconds. Expect swells to remain 6 feet at 9 seconds today, with N winds 10-15 knots. Tonight, northerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20, easing after midnight, swells 5 feet. A light breeze is on tap tomorrow, N 5-10 knots, with swells subsiding to 4 feet. Outlook is for nor’westers 5-15 knots and swells 4-6 feet Friday through Sunday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Clouds and sunshine, breezy, surf 4-5 feet (low).
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07/22 Wed 10:52 AM 1.49 L
07/22 Wed 05:39 PM 7.38 H
07/23 Thu 12:02 AM 2.38 L
07/23 Thu 05:44 AM 5.62 H
In Short: Mixed sky, windy, then partly/mostly cloudy and possible showers.