Tuesday, August 18th – Lincoln County
Summary: Temperature was inversely proportional to wind speed yesterday. The northern section of our area had the highest thermometer readings and lightest breeze, while the southern communities recorded much lower temps and the strongest winds. There were some scattered clouds but it was mostly sunny through nightfall; a stunning orange sliver of waxing crescent Moon graced the western sky just after sunset. Overnight, it was clear with no wind to speak of and lows dipped to around 50F. At daybreak, haze gauzed the beaches, blue showed east of 101 and a wispy breeze came from the northeast.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 74F/54F/27mph
Depoe Bay: 69F/51F/26mph
Forecast: Temperature will be proportional to distance away from the sea today. While everywhere from the Coast Range’s western foothills (including eastern Lincoln County) to the Cascades suffers extreme heat near 100F, the mercury will plummet as soon as you can smell the ocean. It doesn’t look like we’ll top 75F in the sunshine here today, and the sea breeze will add additional cooling. Tonight, mainly clear and lows of 50-55F. Mostly sunny skies are expected tomorrow and a touch cooler at 65-70F. Outlook is for partly sunny with patchy fog and drizzle possible on Thursday, a slight chance of showers Friday, and then back to seasonal sunny days, clear nights and afternoon/evening sea breezes Saturday through Monday.
Travel: A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 11:00am this morning until 6:00pm Wednesday, for the Portland-Vancouver area, all inland valleys, the Coast Range and the Cascade foothills. A hot, dry and unstable atmosphere with minimum relative humidity and northeast winds 15-25 mph are expected. Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning of any kind is not recommended.
A Heat Advisory is also in effect from 11:00am today through 6:00pm Wednesday, for the Portland-Vancouver area, all inland valleys, the Coast Range and the Cascade foothills. The hottest hours of the day will be 1:00pm to 6:00pm today and 1:00pm to 5:00pm Wednesday. A surge of onshore flow should cool temperatures quickly Wednesday evening. High temperatures will reach 95-100F, except 85-95 in the higher foothill elevations. Do not leave children or pets unattended in vehicles. The resulting heat exhaustion may lead to heat stroke or death.
In the Coast Range today, sunny with 90-100F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine, widespread haze and a high of 100F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, areas of smoke, light east wind, temps near 100F. For the Cascades, there’s dry pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 50-60F; mostly sunny, hazy and smoky, the free air freezing level is 16,000 feet.
Marine: The breeze is NNE 5-15 knots this morning and seas are 6-7 feet at 8 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this evening for northerlies 10-20 knots gusting 25 along with mixed seas 4-6 feet. Winds fade a little tonight and tomorrow to N 10-15 knots gusting 20 but the swell builds to 7 feet. Outlook is for Summer northerlies 10-20 knots occasionally gusting 25 and swells 7-9 feet Thursday through Saturday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Sunny, warm, breezy, surf 5-6 feet (low).
* A reminder for inland residents coming to the Central Coast to escape the hot weather. The ocean is extremely cold and swimming in it can quickly lead to hypothermia and drowning.
08/18 Tue 09:04 AM 0.98 L
08/18 Tue 03:31 PM 7.64 H
08/18 Tue 09:34 PM 1.90 L
08/19 Wed 03:32 AM 6.91 H
In Short: Clear, windy, warmer, then cooling, increasing clouds and patchy fog/drizzle.