Thursday, Feb. 25th – Lincoln County
Summary: A few brief periods of very light drizzle and some filtered sunbreaks yesterday, winds were next to nothin’ and the thermometer rose into the upper-50s. So, overall, people were generally calling it a nice day. But the overcast lowered and thickened in the late afternoon with haze and fog creating a notion of gloom; visibility dropped to less than a mile by 8:00pm. The fog and low cloud cover continued most of the night, sporadic light drizzle returned and low temps averaged in the mid-40s. At dawn, skies were clearing and a light easterly breeze was barely detectable.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 8 mph/Pressure: 30.02”
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 58F/48F
Depoe Bay: 57F/43F
Forecast: Thousands of visitors begin arriving today for the start of the Newport Seafood & Wine Festival. Hopefully, revelers have packed their suitcases with a wide wardrobe, everything from tee-shirts to raincoats. Those who show up today will be basking in sunshine and temps of 60-65F with very little wind. Increasing clouds are expected tonight, low around 50F. Tomorrow, a weather system brings rain, up to a half inch, southerly winds 10-15 mph and a high about 55F. Outlook is for mostly cloudy skies and a slight chance of showers Saturday, high 55F, rainy and windy Sunday, then a chance of rain continues Monday through Wednesday with seasonal temperatures.
Seafood & Wine Festival… Mostly sunny today, rain tomorrow, showers possible Saturday, rain and wind on Sunday, highs of 50-60F, lows 40-45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s bare pavement and 35F in the passes; partly cloudy today, temperatures rising to 60-65F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog early, sunshine later, the thermometer rising to 60-65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, east winds gusting 25-30 mph, high of 60F. For the Cascades, highways have a few spots of ice this morning, temps are 25-30F; mostly sunny today, the free air freezing level is at 10,000 feet.
Marine: Seas have subsided to 9 feet at 14 seconds this morning and winds are NNE 5-10 knots. Light winds, SE less than 10 knots, are expected today with swells 8 feet. Tonight, S winds rising to 10-15 knots, swells 7-8 feet at 13 seconds. Stronger southerlies are predicted for tomorrow, 10-20 knots, swells building to 10 feet. Outlook is for fairly benign conditions Saturday, S winds 10-15 knots and swells around 12 feet, a gale Sunday as SW winds rise to 25-30 knots gusting 35 with rough combined seas building to 17 feet, then S winds 10-15 knots Monday, swells subsiding to 15 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
Notice to Mariners… We’re going all electronic; paper charts are no longer required to be carried. The US Coast Guard has issued Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) No. 01-16 which contains guidance on the use of electronic charts and publications in lieu of paper charts, maps, and publications. This guidance applies to US flagged vessels subject to US domestic chart, map, and publication carriage requirements contained in Titles 33 and 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The NVIC can be accessed here.
On the Beach… Patchy fog, sunny, surf 6-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
02/25 Thu 07:45 AM 1.75 L
02/25 Thu 01:50 PM 7.90 H
02/25 Thu 07:55 PM 0.95 L
02/26 Fri 02:22 AM 8.21 H
In Short: Partly cloudy, light wind, rain, cloudy, then wet.