Wednesday, July 29th – Lincoln County
Summary: Much of Western Oregon really started heating up yesterday (even Brookings on the South Coast hit 100F), but the Central Coast experienced another round of typical Summer conditions. High temperatures were mostly in the upper-60s with Lincoln City recording 71F. The Sun ruled the sky and the sea breeze arrived on schedule about noon gusting to around 30 mph until sunset. As darkness set in, there was a little haze over the beaches and the wind fell calm. Overnight lows slipped into the 50s and some patchy fog developed. At sunrise, it was mostly clear and calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 71F/57F/35mph
Depoe Bay: 68F/53F/24mph
Forecast: As the new Windows 10 computer operating system is launched today, you might pull the shades over your windows so the house doesn’t heat up. This will probably be the warmest day of the week locally with a high of 70-75F, but it’ll be subdued somewhat by the cooling effect of a strong sea breeze gusting 30-35 mph. Expect clear skies this evening and windy before midnight, lows 50-55F. Tomorrow, copy and paste more sunshine, highs of 70-75F and an afternoon sea breeze. Outlook is for no rebooting in the long-term – mainly clear Friday through Tuesday, although the mercury will be returning to near normal 50-55F lows and 65-70F highs, with the sea breeze projected to be lighter.
Travel: A Heat Advisory remains in effect from 11:00am this morning to 9:00pm Friday, for the Oregon Coast Range, Willamette Valley and Columbia River Gorge. High temperatures of 95-102F are expected. 90F-plus temperatures may persist into the weekend with the hottest areas likely the Central Columbia River Gorge and Southern Willamette Valley.
A Red Flag Warning has now been issued by the National Weather Service for hot, dry and unstable conditions combined with dry fuels from noon today through 11:00pm Thursday evening. The affected areas include the Mt. Hood National Forest west of the Cascade crest, the Willamette National Forest west of the Cascade crest, and the Willamette Valley plus its adjacent foothills.
In the Coast Range today, sunny with 90-100F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 95-100F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light northeast winds, temps near 95F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 45-55F; sunny, the free air freezing level is 14,000 feet.
Marine: While there isn’t much wind close to shore this morning, it’s blowing NNE 15-20 knots gusting 25 offshore and seas are choppy 7 footers at 8 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through late tomorrow night. A Small Craft Advisory for seas is in effect through late tonight. N winds today and tonight 20-25 knots gusting 30 with swells 3-4 feet being overpowered by windwaves 6-8 feet at 7-9 seconds. Tomorrow, northerlies 20-25 knots easing to 15-20 knots in the afternoon, windwaves 5 feet at 6 seconds. Outlook is for N winds 15-20 knots Friday through Sunday with lumpy mixed swells/windwaves 4-5 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Sunny, breezy, surf 5-7 feet (moderate).
* A reminder for inland residents coming to the Central Coast to escape the heat wave. The ocean is still extremely cold and swimming in it can quickly lead to hypothermia and drowning.
07/29 Wed 12:10 PM 6.70 H
07/29 Wed 05:09 PM 2.94 L
07/29 Wed 11:15 PM 9.24 H
07/30 Thu 06:14 AM -1.12 L
In Short: Mostly clear, warm and windy, then repeat.