Monday, August 24th – Lincoln County
Summary: The smoke plume from the Willamina Creek Fire was a bugger to clear out yesterday, even with a sea breeze blowing 10-15 mph from the north-northwest. It was cooler, too, as the mercury topped out around 60F. The haze hung on, mostly in the upper atmosphere, past another red-orange sunset and on into the overnight period. Scattered low-level marine clouds and patchy fog developed just before dawn and Newport’s temp dropped to 45F, a hint above the record low for the date of 42F set in 1955. This morning, haze held visibility to 5 miles and it was dead calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 67F/52F
Depoe Bay: 60F/50F
Forecast: It looks like about three more dry Summer days before a Fall-like regime sets-in with the first genuine weather system of the season. Today through Wednesday, mostly sunny days, afternoon/evening sea breezes, partly cloudy nights, patchy fog, highs around 65F and lows of 50-55F. Outlook is for a wind switch to southwest, increasing clouds and drizzle by Thursday, a slight chance of showers Friday, and then at least a 50-50 chance of showers or light rain Saturday and Sunday. The thermometer should remain seasonal throughout the extended period.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny with 70-80F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 80-85F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, west winds gusting 20 mph, temps near 90F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 50-55F; mostly sunny, the free air freezing level is 14,000 feet.
Outdoor burning remains banned in most locations including Oregon State Parks and on all ocean beaches.
Marine: Hardly a hint of breeze near the beach this morning, but winds are 15-20 knots offshore with a fresh swell running 7-8 feet at 13 seconds. For today, tonight and tomorrow, northerlies 5-15 knots occasionally gusting 20 and swells 6 feet at 11 seconds. Outlook is for NW winds Wednesday 5-10 knots gusting 15 with swells about 5 feet. Thursday and Friday expect an early-season front and associated low pressure system to generate southerlies 10-20 knots with seas 3-5 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, breezy, surf 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.
08/24 Mon 09:04 AM 5.63 H
08/24 Mon 01:46 PM 3.56 L
08/24 Mon 08:08 PM 7.84 H
08/25 Tue 03:22 AM 0.67 L
In Short: Mainly clear, windy, patchy fog, then mixed skies and rain by weekend.