Summary: Sunny, warm early yesterday, cool sea breeze later, clear overnight.
Past 24 Hours High*/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 72F/56F/27mph/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 68F/52F/26mph/0.00”
* Some local unofficial thermometers hit 75F or better yesterday before the cooling sea breeze kicked in around 2:00pm dropping the temp almost 10F by 3:00pm.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 900’
Visibility: 4 miles/Wind: N 10 mph G 17/Altimeter: 30.08”
Forecast: It looks like the thermostat will be set on seasonal for the next several days, so don’t expect temperatures to rise too high. A strong sea breeze gusting 30 mph or so will keep the mercury down to about 60F today, with increasing clouds by this afternoon. Tonight, a chance of drizzle under a thick marine cloud layer, low of 50F. Mostly cloudy skies are expected to continue through tomorrow, high 55-60F and still windy. Outlook is for partial clearing Thursday, then mainly clear Friday through Monday with no unusual deviations in the thermostat setting.
Memorial Day Weekend… Mostly clear, dry, breezy, high 60-65F, low 50F.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are dry, temp 55F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, thermometer readings near 65F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 60-65F. For the Cascades, highways are bare this morning, 45-55F, the free air freezing level is 15,000 feet. * An interactive map of the latest Northwest/Central Oregon travel weather is available here. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: Winds are N 15-20 knots gusting 25 this morning with seas 7-8 feet at 7 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect until 11:00am. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through tomorrow afternoon. Winds will start to diminish late Wednesday into Thursday, but it may not be until Thursday night before gusts drop below 20 knots. Longer range projections suggest lighter wind speeds thereafter through Monday. We’ll likely see another chance for steep, square seas this evening through Thursday as winds ramp back up and seas build to 8-10 feet by Wednesday afternoon. Seas gradually fall starting Thursday and continue to subside through the holiday weekend. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
Notices to Mariners… Yaquina Bay Entrance Light Buoy 3 is missing. Also, Alsea Bay Bridge north downriver red margin light is currently extinguished.
On the Beach… Sunny, breezy, surf 4-5’ feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
05/23 Tue 11:24 AM 6.89 H
05/23 Tue 4:58 PM 1.29 L
05/23 Tue 11:20 PM 8.95 H
05/24 Wed 05:54 AM -1.18 L
In Short: Sunny, windy, becoming cloudy, but clearing again by weekend.