Wednesday, August 12th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday was slightly brighter than the day before, but not by much. Fuzzy shadows were the result of high overcast filtering the sunny periods which alternated with thicker clouds from time to time, westerly winds never got above 10 mph and the mercury climbed to about 65F. Skies were mixed at sunset and then became completely cloudy overnight with some patchy drizzle and fog; temps slipped a smidge to 55F or so. At daybreak, the ground was damp in spots from the drizzle, fog shrouded the beaches and a light breeze came out of the southwest at 5 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 68F/57F
Depoe Bay: 65F/54F
Forecast: Like a sine wave, we’ll have our matching ups and downs over the next few days. We rise up today as the clouds are expected to break up more giving us a mostly sunny afternoon with highs of 65F and light southerly winds 5-10 mph. The return slide down the backside of the wave begins with patchy drizzle and mostly cloudy conditions tonight and tomorrow; low 55F, high 65F. Outlook is for a deeper dip to showers tomorrow night and Friday before oscillating back up to Summer weather Saturday through Tuesday where we plateau with mostly clear skies, strengthening sea breezes and seasonal temperatures.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny, chance of showers with 70-80F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and a high of 85F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, light west winds, temps near 90F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 55-60F; mostly sunny, chance of showers and thunderstorms, the snow level is above 8,000 feet.
Marine: Winds are out of the W 5-10 knots this morning, seas 3 feet at 7 seconds, and a couple of thunderstorms are visible on the offshore radar. Nearshore winds SW 5 knots today, offshore winds NW 5-10 knots gusting 15, with seas 3 feet at 6 seconds. Southerlies 5-10 knots tonight and tomorrow, swells 3 feet with 2 foot chop. Outlook is for sou’westers 5-15 knots on Friday, then back to Summer nor’westers Saturday and Sunday 10-20 knots gusting 25 with seas building to 5 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Partly cloudy, chance of showers, surf 1-2 feet (low).
* The Oregon Health Authority has issued a public health advisory for high levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Seal Rock State Park Beach in Lincoln County. Details are available here.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
08/12 Wed 12:20 PM 7.04 H
08/12 Wed 05:34 PM 2.78 L
08/12 Wed 11:35 PM 8.66 H
08/13 Thu 06:22 AM -0.44 L
In Short: Clouds and clearing, possible showers, drizzle, then increasing rain.