Thursday, July 23rd – Lincoln County
Summary: The minor weather disturbance along shore kept some clouds around during the morning hours; there was even a smidge of very light rain in some areas, just enough to smear your windshield. Most of the clouds melted away by mid-afternoon and northwest winds blew 20-25 mph. High temps stayed below 70F. Clear skies rendered a Chamber of Commerce sunset and the breeze faded before midnight. Overnight, there was a little haze over the beaches and the mercury slipped to the low 50s. At daybreak, it was clear and calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 66F/55F
Depoe Bay: 63F/52F
Forecast: There’s moisture on the inside of the crystal ball. After today, tonight and tomorrow’s mixed skies with light winds and seasonal temperatures, the fortune tellers say some light rain is headed our way. Outlook is for a 50-50 chance of showers starting tomorrow night and lasting through Sunday. The one caveat this time of year is that wringing precipitation out of the dry atmosphere is tough, and computer models (six of one, half dozen of another) are struggling with exactly when and how much rain we might expect. The ball may clear-up with an improved prediction by tomorrow. Right now, it now appears that following any rain this weekend we’ll be back to partly cloudy skies and strong sea breezes again next week, while the Valley gets baked by another heat wave.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy with 70-80F. Valley destinations are expecting mainly sunshine and a high of 80F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for 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 11,000 feet.
Marine: Hardly a breath of wind offshore this morning, NNE about 5 knots, and seas are down to 5 feet at 8 seconds. Look for northerlies 5-10 knots today and tonight, gusting 15 late this afternoon and evening, swells around 4 feet at 8 seconds. Tomorrow, W winds 5 knots, swells 4 feet. Outlook is for NW winds 5-10 knots Saturday and Sunday, swells 5-6 feet, and then back to nor’westers 15-20 knots on Monday with 3 foot chop atop 5 foot swells. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Clouds and sunshine, surf 3 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
07/23 Thu 05:44 AM 5.62 H
07/23 Thu 11:32 AM 2.08 L
07/23 Thu 06:21 PM 7.44 H
07/24 Fri 01:05 AM 2.13 L
In Short: Mixed sky, light winds, then mostly cloudy and possible showers.