Saturday, August 8th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday’s weather unfolded about as expected. Following a sunny start, fog and low overcast began filling in around noon. Northwest winds blew 10-20 mph during the afternoon and high temps were mainly in the low-60s. The soup thickened and there was drizzle speckling windshields well before sunset. Low clouds, fog and occasional light rain fell overnight generating measurable precipitation; Waldport recorded the most at 0.04”. The mercury slipped into the 50s. At daybreak, fog shrouded the beaches and headlands, low clouds were thinning and it was dead calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 66F/57F/0/01”
Depoe Bay: 62F/56F/0.02”
Forecast: The door is open to some damper conditions through the week ahead. For today’s Great Albacore Tuna BBQ Challenge in South Beach, and the Sand Castle Contests in Taft and Waldport, look for mostly cloudy skies, only a slight chance of showers, light winds and a high around 64F. The best chance of rain is tonight, odds are 50-50, with the thermometer settling to 55F. There’s a slight chance of showers tomorrow morning, then mostly cloudy, no wind to speak of and a high of 65F. Outlook is for mixed weather all week with mostly cloudy skies, patchy fog, drizzle, a chance of showers, possible thunderstorms and seasonal temperatures. Long-range projections show a return to a sunny and warmer regime by next weekend.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly cloudy, chance of rain with 70-80F. Valley destinations are expecting partly sunny and highs of 75-80F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for partly sunny skies, light west winds, temps near 80F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 45-50F; partly cloudy, the free air freezing level is 12,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is intermittent wet roads through tomorrow night.
Marine: Except for fog, conditions are fairly benign this morning with a light southerly 5-10 knots and seas 4 feet at 8 seconds. S wind rising to 10-15 knots gusting 20 this afternoon and mixed swells/windwaves 3-4 feet. Tonight, a SW breeze 5-10 knots gusting 15, swells 4 feet. Very light wind tomorrow, SW 5 knots, and swells holding at 4 feet. Outlook is for northerlies 5-15 knots Monday and Tuesday, and SW winds 5-10 knots on Wednesday; swells around 3 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
Notice to Mariners… On Monday, August 10th, the US Coast Guard will begin AIS Application Specific Message (AIS-ASM) testing. The test transmissions will occur between 0001-2359Z, 7 days a week. The test messages can be identified by their Maritime Mobile Service (MMSI) number: 300669139 or 00366613 and by the words “USCG TEST” within the contents of the message. Mariners are requested to contact the USCG Navigation Center at 1-703-313-5900 or TIS-PF-NISWS@uscg.mil with any questions, comments, or to report any safety and/or operational impacts caused by this testing.
On the Beach… Fog, drizzle, mostly cloudy, 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.
08/08 Sat 08:22 AM 5.98 H
08/08 Sat 01:28 PM 2.83 L
08/08 Sat 07:57 PM 8.59 H
08/09 Sun 03:05 AM 0.30 L
In Short: Mainly cloudy, a chance of rain, then mixed conditions all week.