Friday, July 31st – Lincoln County
Summary: It hasn’t happened since August 2012, and won’t happen again until January of 2018. Just before sunrise this morning there was a Blue Moon, or second Full Moon occurring within a single calendar month; the first one was on the evening of July 1st. The visually-cooling effect of the Blue Moon probably didn’t help our friends in Corvallis much where the mercury hit 108F yesterday at the airport. Meanwhile, the Central Coast was just plain pleasant. High temperatures peaked in the upper-60s and low-70s, there was sunshine all day and the sea breeze blew 20-25 mph during the afternoon. The wind died after sunset, scattered clouds and haze developed overnight and lows were mainly in the 50s. This morning, conditions heralded another Summer day; skies and the Moon were blue with a light northeast breeze.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 74F/54F
Depoe Bay: 72F/52F
Regional Record Highs…
Hillsboro 103F, previous 99F in 1992.
McMinnville 106F, previous 104F in 1965.
Salem 105F, previous 103F in 1965
Eugene 105, previous 99F in 2003
Forecast: There’s a slow cooling trend in the cards. Though mostly clear skies are predicted to last for the next week, the thermometer is expected to drop by a degree or two each day. Today’s high should be 70F or so, tonight’s low 55F, and tomorrow’s temps may not get past the upper-60s. The sea breeze is also projected to lighten following this afternoon’s 25-30 mph gusts. Outlook is for partly cloudy, highs around 65F, lows of 55F, and moderate northwest winds Sunday through Thursday.
Travel: The Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect until 9:00pm this evening for the Willamette Valley, Columbia River Gorge and Upper Hood River Valley. Highs of 100-105F are expected with the hottest in the Central and Southern Willamette Valley and Central Columbia River Gorge. 90-98F temperatures will likely persist through Monday.
The Red Flag Warning has been extended until 10:00pm Saturday night for hot, dry and unstable conditions combined with dry fuels. The affected areas include the Mt. Hood National Forest west of the Cascade crest, the Willamette National Forest, portions of the Siuslaw National Forest, 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 100-105F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light west winds, temps near 105F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 60-65F; sunny, the free air freezing level is 15,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is hot temperatures and dry roads.
Marine: There’s not much wind just off the beach, but at 10 miles out it’s blowing N 10 knots and at the Rockpile, NNE 10-15 knots; seas are 5-6 feet at 8 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from 2:00pm this afternoon through late tomorrow night. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect from 2:00pm this afternoon through tomorrow morning. N winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 today, tonight and tomorrow with choppy seas 4-6 feet at 7 seconds. Outlook is for N winds 15-20 knots and mixed swells/windwaves 4-5 feet Sunday through Tuesday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Sunny, breezy, surf 3-5 feet (low).
* A reminder for inland residents coming to the Central Coast to escape the heat wave. The ocean is extremely cold (55F) and swimming in it can quickly lead to hypothermia and drowning.
07/31 Fri 06:55 AM -1.40 L
07/31 Fri 01:30 PM 7.63 H
07/31 Fri 06:49 PM 2.19 L
08/01 Sat 12:52 AM 9.55 H
In Short: Mostly clear, warm and windy, then slow cooling.