Wednesday, August 26th – Lincoln County
Summary: As advertised, we had sunny and pleasant conditions yesterday with high temperatures in the 60s (Lincoln City hit 70F) and the sea breeze topped out around 25 mph. We started seeing some low-level clouds and beach haze develop before sunset, but most of that cleared out again by midnight. Overnight, there was lots of starshine until 4:00am when the marine layer rebuilt and skies became overcast; the thermometer slipped to about 50F. At sunrise, currently at 6:31am and getting later every day, it was still cloudy and the wind was light out of the southeast.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 70F/49F
Depoe Bay: 64F/50F
Forecast: Guessing sky cover will be the tricky part today as forecast models are all over the road. We’ll go with a rather vague prediction of partly to mostly sunny. The mercury holds no surprises, high around 65F this afternoon, and the wind should be relatively light. A transformation begins tonight into tomorrow as patchy drizzle is possible under mostly cloudy skies and not much breeze. Outlook is for our first southerly weather system of the season to arrive by tomorrow night with a chance of rain, and then rainy and windy (a term we haven’t used since last Spring) Friday through Sunday, followed by a chance of showers Monday and Tuesday. Look for average temperatures to last through the week ahead.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny with 75-85F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and a high of 85F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light west wind, temps near 90F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 50-55F; a rockfall has partially blocked Highway 20 just west of Santiam Pass and short delays are expected; mostly sunny in the mountains today, but a chance of showers and thunderstorms, the snow level is above 8,000 feet.
Outdoor burning remains banned in most locations including Oregon State Parks and on all ocean beaches.
Marine: Light conditions this morning as N winds are down to 5 knots and seas 4 feet at 10 seconds. For today and tonight, NW winds 5-10 knots with swells 3-4 feet. The breeze backs to SW 5 knots tomorrow, swells 3 feet. Outlook is for SE winds 5-10 knots and 3 foot swells on Friday, then rougher weather on Saturday with S winds 20-25 knots and 8 foot windwaves as a Fall-like system affects local waters; southerlies fall Sunday to 15-20 knots with swells 7 feet and 5 foot chop on top. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Sun and clouds, light breeze, surf 1-3 feet (low).
* 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.
08/26 Wed 10:53 AM 6.55 H
08/26 Wed 03:59 PM 3.02 L
08/26 Wed 10:06 PM 8.66 H
08/27 Thu 05:01 AM -0.39 L
In Short: Mixed sky, light wind, patchy fog, then drizzle, rainy and windy.