Summary: Mostly cloudy and smoky yesterday; overcast and calm overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 67F/60F/11mph/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 64F/57F/10mph/0.00”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 1,100’
Visibility: 5 miles/Wind: calm/Altimeter: 29.99”
The Air Quality Alert issued by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, The Southwest Clean Air Agency, and Lane Regional Air Protection Agency, remains in effect for the Central Coast until 7:00pm Tuesday. Wildfires burning in the region (in British Columbia and Washington) combined with forecast conditions will cause air quality to reach unhealthy levels at times through Tuesday evening. Pollutants in smoke can cause burning eyes, runny nose, aggravate heart and lung diseases, and exacerbate other serious health problems. Limit outdoor activities and keep children indoors if it is smoky. Please follow medical advice if you have a heart or lung condition.
Forecast: The new normal for the next several days will be hazy and smoky with varying amounts of clouds, ranging from mostly to partly sunny days to mainly overcast nights/mornings. Light north winds continue to bring smoke into our area from the fires up north. There’s no precipitation in the current projections outside of a slight chance of morning drizzle. The thermometer is expected to remain a bit below seasonal with highs of 60-65F and lows near 55F throughout the week ahead.
Eclipse Viewing… A precise forecast is still well beyond the range of current projections, but a look at historical records shows the chances of a clear sky on the morning of August 21st are less than 50-50. Considering fog, marine low clouds and the possibility of storms, we can expect about a 60% chance that the sky will be at least partially, if not totally, 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 55-60F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, thermometer readings 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 60-70F. For the Cascades, highways are dry, 55-60F, the free air freezing level is 12,000 feet.
* Outlook for weekend travelers is dry roads at all elevations including the Coast Range and Cascades through tonight.
Marine: Winds are light and variable this morning with seas 4 feet at 14 seconds. A persistent marine pattern will continue for the next several days. High pressure remains over the NE Pacific. The surface thermal trough will persist over the S Oregon and N California waters through early next week. Wind gusts just under small craft advisory thresholds are expected with speeds beyond Tuesday 15 knots or less through next weekend. Wave heights to remain 3-6 feet for the next several days. Periods to be high enough and seas just low enough to preclude any square-sea situations. * 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… Mixed sky, smoky, light breeze, surf 2-3 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
08/06 Sun 6:27 AM -0.55 L
08/06 Sun 1:05 PM 6.70 H
08/06 Sun 6:18 PM 2.77 L
08/07 Mon 12:20 AM 8.19 H
In Short: Partly to mostly cloudy, smoky, light winds, cool.