Friday, August 7th – Lincoln County
Summary: Some folks gave yesterday an 11 on a scale of 10. It gets very little better than that. Full-on sunshine, a Last Quarter Moon visible against the bright blue sky most of the day, moderate northwest winds gusting below 30 mph and high temperatures mainly in the upper-60s. The quintessential Summer weather continued into the evening as the breeze went calm at sunset and the stars sparkled through the night; low temps dipped to around 50F. At dawn, fog smeared the beaches and headlands, it was mostly blue east of 101 and there was no wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 70F/56F
Depoe Bay: 66F/54F
Forecast: You might wanna check your long-latent windshield wiper blades because they may very well come into play over the weekend. Today should still be a stunner with loads of sunshine (except for patchy fog along the beaches), a moderate sea breeze and the mercury running up to 65F or so. By this evening, however, expect clouds to roll in delivering occasional drizzle; low temperatures around 55F. Tomorrow is where it gets tricky. The latest still-evolving projections show a chance of rain during the day transforming into rain likely by nightfall with maybe a tenth to a quarter inch of precipitation possible. Outlook is for a 50-50 chance of showers Sunday and Monday, followed by mixed skies, a slight chance of showers and seasonal thermometer readings Tuesday through Thursday.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, sunny with 75-85F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 80-85F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light and variable winds, temps near 85F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 45-50F; mostly sunny, breezy, the free air freezing level is 13,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is occasional wet roads through Sunday night.
Marine: It’s calm and foggy in spots near shore, but out a ways it’s blowing N 10-15 knots and seas are 4-5 feet at 8 seconds. Northerlies are expected to continue today at 10-15 knots gusting 20 this afternoon with 4 foot swells and 3 foot chop on top. The breeze backs to NW and eases tonight to 5-10 knots, swells 4 feet. Tomorrow, W winds 5 knots becoming SW 10-15 knots gusting 20 by evening with mixed swells/windwaves 2-4 feet. Outlook is for SW winds 5-10 knots on Sunday, swells 4 feet at 8 seconds; nor’westers return Monday and Tuesday, 5-15 knots with seas around 4 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Patchy fog, mostly sunny, breezy, surf 3-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
08/07 Fri 06:56 AM 6.17 H
08/07 Fri 12:21 PM 2.27 L
08/07 Fri 06:56 PM 8.65 H
08/08 Sat 01:56 AM 0.60 L
In Short: Mainly clear, windy, then increasing clouds and a chance of rain.