Summary: Mostly sunny, windy yesterday; low clouds, fog, drizzle overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 67F/58F/25mph/~0.01”
Depoe Bay: 63F/52F/21mph/0.01”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 1,700’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: calm/Altimeter: 30.19”
Forecast: Meteorologists call it ‘the marine push.’ And it was strong enough to give us not only low clouds and fog but even a just-recordable amount of drizzle overnight. The low clouds are expected to break up as the day progresses. Then more of the same over the next week with night/morning low clouds and fog, maybe some drizzle, afternoon/evening clearing, late-day sea breezes ramping up to 25-30 mph and temps at or a little below seasonal. Highs 60-65F, lows 50-55F.
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. The National Weather Service has a website with additional information about the Eclipse here.
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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 60-70F. For the Cascades, highways are dry, 50-55F, the free air freezing level is 14,000 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 knots this morning with seas 3 feet at 7 seconds. High pressure will remain over the NE Pacific, keeping winds out of the north to northwest. Winds will generally peak during the afternoon and evening hours and be strongest across the waters off the Central Coast versus areas farther north. A trough of low pressure over northern California will strengthen this weekend resulting in winds reaching small craft advisory level gusts to 25 knots likely returning and lasting into next week. Seas through the weekend will remain short period, but generally 6 feet or less. * 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… Sunshine and patchy fog, 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.
07/27 Thu 9:53 AM -0.67 L
07/27 Thu 4:33 PM 7.85 H
07/27 Thu 10:24 PM 1.65 L
07/28 Fri 4:23 AM 7.13 H
In Short: Cloudy/foggy nights and mornings, clearing/windy afternoons and evenings.