Sunday, August 23nd – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday started off like any other Summer day, but by afternoon the blue skies were paled by smoke from the Willamina Creek Fire. Even the sea breeze wasn’t a strong enough barrier to keep the smoke at bay. By dusk, visibility had dropped to about 5 miles and a giant dark-orange sunset ended the day. Winds were calm with broken overcast and haze overnight; low temps dipped into the 40s. The calm, smoky/hazy conditions continued at daybreak with visibility down to as low as 3 miles in places.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 69F/51F
Depoe Bay: 64F/49F
Forecast: Northwest winds should provide relief from the smoke today, though increasing clouds and patchy fog are projected so it probably won’t be as sunny as recent days. The mercury climbs to about 65F this afternoon. Foggy and mainly cloudy tonight, lows of 50-55F. Tomorrow, some fog in the morning and then mostly sunny with a high of 65F and light nor’westers. Outlook is for mostly sunny Tuesday and Wednesday, partly sunny Thursday and Friday, and then a good chance of showers developing next weekend.
Travel: An Air Quality Alert is in effect through this afternoon in the Willamette Valley, Columbia River Gorge and Cascades. Wildfires burning in the region combined with forecast conditions will cause air quality to reach unhealthy levels early today. Pollutants in smoke can cause burning eyes, runny nose, aggravate heart and lung diseases, and cause other serious health problems. Limit outdoor activities and keep children indoors if it is smoky. Please follow medical advice if you have a heart or lung condition.
Outdoor burning remains banned in most locations including Oregon State Parks and on all ocean beaches.
In the Coast Range today, sunny, smoky with 75-85F. Valley destinations are expecting hazy sunshine, areas of smoke and highs of 85-90F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny and smoky skies, light northeast winds, temps near 90F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 45-55F; sunny, hazy and smoky, the free air freezing level is 14,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is dry roads and smoky through tonight.
Marine: The breeze is NE 5 knots nearshore, NE 10 knots at 10 miles out, and blowing 20-25 knots at the Rockpile 20 miles offshore; seas are choppy 6 footers at 7 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas runs through 11:00am this morning. N winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 today, windwaves 7 feet at 7 seconds. The breeze and seas ease tonight and tomorrow to N 15-20 knots and 6 feet at 10 seconds. Outlook is for northerlies Tuesday and Wednesday 10-15 knots with swells around 5 feet; southerly winds are expected Thursday at 5-10 knots and seas down to 4 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Hazy, partly sunny, breezy, surf 5-6 feet (moderate).
* Beach fires are prohibited under the current open-burning ban.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
08/23 Sun 07:46 AM 5.43 H
08/23 Sun 12:34 PM 3.43 L
08/23 Sun 07:05 PM 7.60 H
08/24 Mon 02:23 AM 1.19 L
In Short: Increasing clouds, windy, patchy fog, then mixed skies and rain by weekend.