Summary: Sunny, warm early, foggy late yesterday; low clouds, fog overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 71F/60F/27mph/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 71F/55F/25mph/0.00”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 1,000’
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: NNW 10 mph/Altimeter: 30.11”
Forecast: In the wake of a couple pleasant days of sunshine and light winds, the weather turns more typical for this time of year. Expect morning low clouds and fog, then clearing with stiff sea breezes in the afternoons and evenings. Today, nor’westers could gust as high as 35-40 mph especially along Central Coast beaches and headlands, the thermometer rising into the low- to mid-60s. Tonight, partly cloudy, low of 55F. After a foggy start, tomorrow should again be sunny but quite breezy, high near 65F. Outlook is for much of the same Monday through Saturday although the sea breeze is projected to fade somewhat by mid-week. The mercury hangs around seasonal marks as highs reach 60-65F and lows dip to 50-55F.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are dry, temps 55-60F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, thermometer readings 60-65F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 65-75F. For the Cascades, highways are dry, 55-60F, the free air freezing level is above 12,000 feet.
* Outlook for weekend travelers is dry through Sunday night except for a slight chance of thunderstorms in the Cascades late today.
Marine: Winds are N 15-20 knots gusting 25-30 this morning with steep seas 7 feet at 6 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds and hazardous seas is in effect through tomorrow evening. Gusty N winds are whipping up very steep seas, with buoy 46050 at Stonewall Bank currently reporting 6-7 feet at 5-6 seconds. Seas will only continue to rise through this evening as N winds persist, with guidance suggesting heights of 9-11 feet in waters near Florence. Given that these seas will be primarily wind-driven, expect periods to only rise to 8 or 9 seconds, which will result in hazardous steepness. The main change in the forecast over the past 12-24 hours has been to delay the approach of an upper trough which would start an easing trend in winds, which now look nearly as strong tomorrow as today. High pressure over the NE Pacific still appears to weaken during the mid- to late-week period as the upper trough finally approaches; this should bring a gradual decrease in winds/seas starting Tuesday or Wednesday. * 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… Becoming sunny, quite breezy, surf 4-6 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
07/23 Sun 7:00 AM -2.24 L
07/23 Sun 1:40 PM 7.64 H
07/23 Sun 6:57 PM 2.02 L
07/24 Mon 1:05 AM 9.47 H
In Short: Decreasing clouds, very windy, then clearing and breezy.