Summary: Mostly sunny, windy yesterday; low clouds, fog overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 67F/56F/30mph/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 62F/51F/27mph/0.00”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 1,100’
Visibility: 5 miles/Wind: calm/Altimeter: 30.06”
Forecast: Status quo conditions for the next several days with patchy morning fog, then becoming mostly sunny and windy; low marine clouds overnight. Not much change in temperatures, either, with highs in the low- to upper-60s and lows generally 50-55F throughout the extended period. There’s a chance of some 70F-plus temperatures late next week.
Eclipse Viewing… While a precise forecast is well beyond the range of current projections, a look at historical records can provide some insight into the chances of a clear sky on the morning of August 21st. Considering fog, marine low clouds and the possibility of storms, we can expect about a 60% chance that the sky will be obscured. Given the time of year, we typically get our share of fog, and it’s not too early for a Winter-like storm. You may recall two Summers ago during the last week in August when there was complete, thick overcast, sideways rain and winds gusting 50-60 mph. So, for now, we’ll leave it at a 60-40 split, becoming more specific as the date approaches.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are dry, temps 50-55F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, thermometer readings 60-65F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 65-70F. For the Cascades, highways are dry, 55-60F, the free air freezing level is above 12,000 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 5-15 knots this morning with steep seas 7 feet at 8 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from 2:00pm through late tonight. Pressure gradients ease Wednesday to drop peak gusts down to 20 knots or less, and continuing that way through Friday afternoon. Seas during the latter part of the week will drop some in response to the lighter winds, but will remain choppy with short periods. * 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, breezy, surf 3-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
07/25 Tue 8:29 AM -1.93 L
07/25 Tue 3:08 PM 7.97 H
07/25 Tue 8:39 PM 1.66 L
07/26 Wed 2:43 AM 8.63 H
In Short: Cloudy/foggy nights and mornings, clearing/windy afternoons and evenings.