Tuesday, Feb. 9th – Lincoln County
Summary: All of our Central Coast communities broke daily high temperature records yesterday. Most readings were in the low-70s, but down in the southern latitudes, i.e., Yachats, the mercury soared to 77F. East winds blew most of the day, strongest through the Yaquina River gap in the Coast Range into Newport where a gust of 32 mph was recorded about 9:00am. The ocean was an unusual and stunning sight with spindrift up to 50 feet high blowing off the tops of the breakers. Clear skies prevailed during the evening and overnight; low temps stayed up in the 50s. At daybreak, it was a little hazy and warm east winds gusted 10-15 mph.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 12 mph/Pressure: 29.99”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Previous Record High…
Lincoln City: 71F*/57F/14mph/*66F in 1963
Depoe Bay: 71F*/48F/21mph/*67F in 1963
Newport: 72F*/52F/32mph/*67F in 1963
Waldport: 72F*/54F/20mph/*70 in 1995
Yachats: 77F*/58F/27mph/*70 in 1995
Forecast: Gradual change is coming, and the July in February weather will soon be in our rear-view mirror. While it’ll still be sunny today, expect the thermometer to stop at 60-65F and the east wind to subside. Patchy fog and increasing clouds tonight, low 45-50F. Mostly cloudy skies are projected for tomorrow, high around 55F. Outlook is for a chance of rain Thursday, rain Friday, showers on Saturday, rain likely Sunday, and a chance of rain Monday. Temperatures are predicted to return to seasonal with highs reaching 50-55F and lows dipping to 45F during the extended period.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s dry pavement on the highways and it’s about 40F in the passes; areas of fog early becoming mostly sunny today, temperatures 60-65F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting areas of dense fog early, then gradual clearing, the thermometer rising to 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunshine, east winds gusting 30-60 mph, highs of 50-55F. For the Cascades, highways have mainly bare pavement with a few spots of ice this morning, temps are 30-40F; sunny today, the free air freezing level is 12,000 feet.
Marine: E winds are gusting 15 knots nearshore this morning, but blowing SE under 10 knots offshore, with seas 9 feet at 11 seconds. SE winds 10-15 knots gusting 20-25 today, swells subsiding to around 6 feet by this afternoon. Tonight, S winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 and swells 5 feet at 11 seconds. Swells 7-9 feet Wednesday, S winds 10-15 knots. Outlook is for southerlies 10-15 knots occasionally gusting 20-25 with swells building from 7 feet Thursday to 12-13 feet Friday and Saturday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Sunshine, breezy, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
02/09 Tue 06:29 AM 2.18 L
02/09 Tue 12:34 PM 9.62 H
02/09 Tue 07:01 PM -1.02 L
02/10 Wed 01:37 AM 8.87 H
In Short: Mainly clear, moderate east wind, then wet and unsettled.