Wednesday, August 19th – Lincoln County
Summary: No record high temperatures were set locally yesterday, but Lincoln City gave it a shot. That community’s 82F was still 5F shy of the record 87F set in 1967. Our other towns had closer to average Summer readings with Newport the next warmest at 72F. Skies were bright blue all day and the sea breeze gusted into the low-20s. Haze and low clouds began filtering in around sunset as marine air replaced the drier, warmer offshore flow. It was completely overcast in most of the area by 3:00am and thick fog developed dropping visibility to less than a quarter mile in spots. At dawn we had fog, low clouds and a southerly wind 5-10 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 82F/53F
Depoe Bay: 69F/52F
Regional Record Highs/Previous…
Hillsboro: 98F/98F in 1950
Salem: 97F/97F in 1967
Troutdale: 97F/94F in 1967
Portland Airport*: 96F/93F in 1946
Vancouver: 96F/96F in 1939
Portland Downtown: 93F/93F in 1946
Astoria: 86F/82F in 2009
*Portland Airport’s 96F was the 25th day this year where it has reached 90F or higher. This breaks the all-time record for number of 90F days in one calendar year. The previous record of 24 days was set back in 2009.
Forecast: Mixed skies are projected for today and still a little warmer than usual, but cooler than yesterday. Highs 65-70F and northwest winds 10-20 mph gusting 25-30. Marine clouds are on tap tonight with patchy drizzle possible and a low about 55F. The short-lived warm spell ends tomorrow (even in the Valley). For the Central Coast, partly sunny, less windy and mercury readings around 65F. Outlook is for mostly sunny days, partly cloudy nights, sea breezes and mainly seasonal temperatures Friday through Tuesday.
Travel: A Red Flag Warning remains in effect until 6:00pm this evening for the eastern slopes of the Central Oregon Coast Range, the Willamette Valley and the western slopes of the Central and Northern Oregon Cascades. A hot, dry and unstable atmosphere with low relative humidity and northeast winds 5-15 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 through 6:00pm Wednesday for the Portland-Vancouver area, the Willamette Valley, the Columbia River Gorge and the Cascade foothills. The hottest hours will be 1:00pm to 5:00pm today. High temperatures will reach 94-98F, except slightly cooler 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 80-90F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and a high of 95F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, areas of smoke, light northeast wind, temps near 100F. For the Cascades, there’s dry pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 50-60F; sunny, areas of smoke, the free air freezing level is 16,000 feet.
Marine: Winds are variable 10 knots or so this morning with seas 7-8 feet at 9 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for seas is in effect from now through tomorrow morning. A Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect from 1:00pm this afternoon through this evening. The big news will be the swells today, 7 feet building to square 9 footers at 9 seconds by tonight; N winds are also expected to rise to 15-20 knots gusting 25-30 this afternoon and evening, easing after midnight. Tomorrow, fog and NW winds early in the day 10-15 knots gusting 20 but subsiding to 5-10 knots in the afternoon; swells will still be rather high at 8 feet. Outlook is for mainly northerlies 10-20 knots and swells 5-7 feet Friday through Sunday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Fog, sun and clouds, breezy, surf 7-8 feet (moderate).
* 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.
08/19 Wed 09:35 AM 1.51 L
08/19 Wed 04:03 PM 7.61 H
08/19 Wed 10:19 PM 1.90 L
08/20 Thu 04:19 AM 6.39 H
In Short: Mixed sky, windy, patchy fog/drizzle, then clearing and seasonal.