Sunday, August 16th – Lincoln County
Summary: As advertised, Summer returned yesterday. After the scattered clouds and haze burned off, skies were mainly clear from noon on. High temps climbed to the upper-60s, Lincoln City hit 70F, and the afternoon sea breeze made a respectable comeback. The wind faded along with the daylight and a star-studded canopy covered the area overnight; the mercury sagged to the low-50s. Some haze developed along the beaches around dawn but the sky was all blue east of 101; there was dew on the ground and no wind this morning.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 70F/57F/30mph
Depoe Bay: 67F/54F/22mph
Forecast: It’s going to get warmer, but not as hot as the Valley, as a lobe of inland air reaches the Central Coast this week. Today should be about seasonal with sunshine, highs near 65F and strong sea breezes maxing out at 30-35 mph. Mostly clear tonight, lows of 50-55F. Sunny and a little warmer tomorrow, high 70F, but a lighter afternoon wind. Outlook is for our hottest day to be on Tuesday as the mercury reaches for 75F, and then drops to 65-70F Wednesday, and back down to a normal 65F Thursday through Saturday. Skies should be mainly clear all week.
Travel: A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for a brief period of hot temperatures in all of Northwest Oregon, except the immediate coastline. High pressure will build over the Pacific Northwest this week. Temperatures will be very warm and become hot as dry offshore flow develops Monday and strengthens Tuesday. Inland valleys will see temperatures in the upper-80s today before rising to around 90F tomorrow. Tuesday will be the warmest day of the week as most areas will reach the upper-90s with some local 100s possible. The offshore flow weakens Wednesday but only expect a few degrees of relief until Thursday when onshore flow and somewhat cooler marine air returns. Additionally, easterly winds may bring smoke from the Cougar Creek fire near Mount Adams and the County Line fire complex at Warm Springs to the west side valleys. Finally, hot temperatures and very dry humidity will produce conditions ripe for wildfire spread.
In the Coast Range today, sunny with 75-85F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and a high of 85F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light southwest winds, temps near 85F. For the Cascades, there’s dry pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are right at 45F; sunny, the free air freezing level is 14,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is dry roads through tonight.
Marine: Though winds are light nearshore, they’re blowing NNE 15 knots at 10 miles out and 20-25 knots at the Rockpile this morning with seas 5-6 feet at 6 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through late tonight. Northerlies 20-25 knots gusting 30 today and tonight, windwaves 4-6 feet at 4-6 seconds. The breeze eases to 10-15 knots by tomorrow afternoon while mixed swells/windwaves subside to 4 feet. Outlook is for N winds 10-20 knots Tuesday through Thursday with swells slowly building to 9 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Sunny, breezy, surf 4-6 feet (low).
* The public health advisory is still in effect 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.
08/16 Sun 08:02 AM 0.13 L
08/16 Sun 02:30 PM 7.61 H
08/16 Sun 08:14 PM 2.02 L
08/17 Mon 02:12 AM 7.83 H
In Short: Mainly clear, windy, then clear and warmer.