Summary: Mostly sunny, windy yesterday; low clouds, fog overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 66F/57F/27mph/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 62F/51F/25mph/0.00”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 800’
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: NNW 8 mph/Altimeter: 30.15”
Forecast: Living on the edge of the continent is keeping Central Coast residents under a strong maritime influence as the ocean continues to drive our Summer weather. And the present pattern is expected to remain basically unaltered for the foreseeable future. Partly to mostly sunny and sea breezy in the afternoons; low marine clouds and fog overnights and mornings. The thermometer stays in the seasonal range with highs in the low- to upper-60s and lows generally 50-55F throughout the extended period.
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 65-75F. For the Cascades, highways are dry, 60-65F, a chance of showers and thunderstorms, the snow level is above 8,000 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 choppy seas 5 feet at 5 seconds. North to northwest winds over the coastal waters will be a little weaker over the next few days, generally gusting to 20 knots or less, as a surface high remains well offshore. Winds will be strongest during the late afternoon to evening hours each day through Saturday. Seas will be dominated by a short period swell and windwaves, but generally are expected to remain 7 feet or less. A trough of low pressure along the South Oregon Coast strengthens over the weekend, for potential small craft advisory wind speeds either late Saturday, or more likely late Sunday. * 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 2-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
07/26 Wed 9:11 AM -1.39 L
07/26 Wed 3:51 PM 7.95 H
07/26 Wed 9:30 PM 1.62 L
07/27 Thu 3:32 AM 7.93 H
In Short: Cloudy/foggy nights and mornings, clearing/windy afternoons and evenings.