Summary: Mostly sunny and breezy yesterday, patchy fog overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 64F/53F/31mph/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 61F/49F/30mph/0.00”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 600’
Visibility: 5 miles/Wind: NW 5 mph/Altimeter: 30.09”
Forecast: The sea breeze eases today allowing more of a moist marine influence to begin affecting the Central Coast. While we’ll have abundant sunshine this afternoon with a high of 60-65F, patchy fog and low clouds are expected to develop late this evening, meaning the race is on for fireworks display visibility. The latest projections show the fog holding off until 11:00pm, so we’ll be cutting it close. Partly sunny skies are on tap tomorrow after morning fog, high in the low-60s. Outlook is for a fairly stable pattern of night and morning fog and/or low clouds with partly sunny days through Monday. The thermometer should remain in the normal zone as highs reach 60-65F and lows drop to 50-55F.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are dry, temp 50F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, thermometer readings 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 55-60F. For the Cascades, highways are dry, 50-60F, the free air freezing level is 15,000 feet.
* Outlook for holiday travelers is bare pavement at all elevations including the Coast Range and Cascades through tonight.
Marine: Winds are calm nearshore but blowing N 20 knots gusting 25 this morning out at Stonewall Bank with choppy square seas 7 feet at 7 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through late this afternoon nearshore and late tonight out past 10 miles. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect for all local area waters until 11:00am this morning. Surface high pressure over the Northeast Pacific will continue for much of the week and bring a fairly typical summer-like northerly wind pattern to local waters. Thermal low pressure over Northern California will be at its strongest through today so winds and seas will likely be at their highest point relative to the days ahead. Pressure gradients will relax late today and allow winds to taper off. Projections hint that a front could switch winds around to southerly Sunday or Monday, but considerable uncertainty remains at this point. Seas are around 6-9 feet with a 7-8 second period over the area, but as winds ease later today, seas will follow and should stay below advisory thresholds Wednesday and Thursday, but may begin to pick back up Friday or Saturday. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, light breeze, surf 6-7 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
07/04 Tue 10:35 AM 5.46 H
07/04 Tue 3:39 PM 2.82 L
07/04 Tue 10:01 PM 7.78 H
07/05 Wed 4:59 AM 0.19 L
In Short: Night/morning low clouds and/or fog, afternoon/evening partial clearing.