Friday, August 21st – Lincoln County
Summary: We ran the gamut of conditions yesterday, beginning with overcast and drizzle but before it was over we were basking in Summer sunshine. High temperatures were mainly in the mid-60s albeit the Banana Belt Region (Lincoln City) hit 70F. The sea breeze failed to reach any gusts above 25 mph and precipitation totals from the drizzle were just below measurable (which officially is 0.01”). The northwest wind and daylight rode off into the sunset together and skies were clear most of the night. At daybreak, a marine cloud layer briefly blocked the blue, and winds were light out of the east.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 70F/58F
Depoe Bay: 63F/56F
Forecast: A fairly normal August day is in the cards with mostly sunny skies this afternoon, a healthy sea breeze developing and the mercury rising to about 65F. Patchy fog tonight, windy and a low of 50F. Sunny again tomorrow after the fog burns off, and a little warmer with highs of 65-70F. Outlook is for mostly clear skies Sunday through Tuesday, increasing clouds with a slight chance of showers on Wednesday, and then back to clearing Thursday with seasonal temperatures throughout the period. Some computer models are suggesting a major change to wet weather by next weekend; we’ll keep an eye out.
Travel: A Fire Weather Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for Saturday afternoon through Saturday evening. Low relative humidities and gusty winds may produce an environment favorable for rapid fire growth. East to northeast winds of 10-20 mph with gusts to 25 mph will develop across the higher ridges of the North Oregon Cascades and near the mouth of the Columbia River Gorge. North to northeast winds of 10-15 mph with gusts to 20 mph will also develop across the Willamette Valley and Central Oregon Coast Range. Relative humidity lowering to 15-25 percent. Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning of any kind is not recommended and is banned in most locations including all Oregon State Parks.
The outdoor burning and campfire ban has been extended to all ocean beaches.
In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny with 70-80F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and a high of 80F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for partly sunny skies, west winds gusting 25 mph, temps near 80F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 45-50F; mostly sunny, windy, the free air freezing level is 14,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is dry roads, warm and windy through Sunday night.
Marine: Light winds this morning, NE at 5 knots, and seas 6-7 feet at 10 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect this evening and runs through late Saturday night. If you’re headed out for the halibut opener, today’s your best shot with N winds just 5-10 knots and swells 5-6 feet at 9 seconds. Tonight, the N winds rises to 15-20 knots gusting 25, mixed seas 4 feet. For tomorrow’s second day of all-depth halibut fishing, expect rougher conditions as northerlies blow 20-25 knots and 5 foot windwaves overpower 4 foot ocean swells. Outlook is for N winds 10-20 knots sometimes gusting 25 Sunday through Tuesday; swells 5-7 feet and windwaves 2-4 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Patchy fog, becoming mostly sunny, breezy, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* Beach fires are prohibited under the current opening burning ban.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
08/21 Fri 10:47 AM 2.60 L
08/21 Fri 05:19 PM 7.51 H
08/22 Sat 12:10 AM 1.79 L
08/22 Sat 06:24 AM 5.54 H
In Short: Clearing, windy, patchy fog, then mostly clear and warmer.