Summary: Mostly cloudy and smoky yesterday; overcast and calm overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 67F/58F/23mph/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 63F/54F/18mph/0.00”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 300’
Visibility: 4 miles/Wind: N 6 mph/Altimeter: 30.04”
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 tomorrow. Wildfires burning in the region (in British Columbia and Washington) combined with forecast conditions will cause air quality to reach unhealthy levels due to smoke and ozone 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: Optimistically, there could be a little more clearing today than yesterday, but with the smoke in the air, the dissipation of marine clouds is more difficult to predict. Light to moderate nor’westers this afternoon may help brush some of the overcast away and highs should reach 60-65F. The cloud deck reforms tonight which will probably cover the Full Sturgeon Moon, named by Native Americans for the time of year when sturgeon fishing was best. This is also the night for the ‘other’ eclipse this month (see Cosmic Factoid below). Tomorrow, patchy smoke, partly sunny and a high again around 65F. Outlook is for cloudy nights and mornings with patchy fog, partial clearing during the afternoons and evenings, high 65F low 55F through Monday. A few showers are possible Tuesday and Thursday next week.
Eclipse Viewing… The first look at the long-range (14-day) forecast shows mostly sunny and 68F on August 21st. That’s quite a long way out for much reliability, but at least we’re able to see some general trends. Historically however, considering fog, marine low clouds and the possibility of storms, we can still expect about a 60% chance that the sky will be at least partially 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 60-65F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 65-75F. For the Cascades, highways are dry, 60-65F, slight chance of showers or 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 seas 4 feet at 6 seconds. A static marine weather pattern continues for the next several days. High pressure over the NE Pacific will continue for much of the week. There’ll be some NW to N wind close to small craft advisory thresholds Monday and Tuesday afternoons as thermal low pressure strengthens over the N California waters; gusts mainly below 25 knots. Little change in sea conditions for the next few days. Generally, 3-6 foot wave heights and 6-8 second dominant periods. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
Local Notices to Mariners… Relocate NOAA Environmental Lighted Buoy 46050 (Stonewall Bank) from 44-39-22.000N, 124-31-33.000W to 44-40-34.094N, 124-30-53.687W. Also, a new depth tabulation for Chart 18581 Yaquina Bay and River, Continuation of Yaquina River, is available here.
On the Beach… Mixed sky, smoky, breezy, 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.
08/07 Mon 7:02 AM -0.77 L
08/07 Mon 1:39 PM 6.97 H
08/07 Mon 6:58 PM 2.48 L
08/08 Tue 12:59 AM 8.23 H
In Short: Variable daytime clearing, moderate winds, cloudy nights, patchy fog.
Cosmic Factoid: Tonight will provide viewers in some parts of the world (not here) with the ‘other’ eclipse this month. A partial lunar eclipse will be visible in Africa, Europe and Asia. Yes, this and the solar eclipse on August 21st are related. The Earth will pass between the Sun and the Full Sturgeon Moon tonight, and then in another lunar half-orbit, it’ll be the other way around with the Moon between the Earth and the Sun in 14 days creating the solar eclipse. The Moon’s current orbital plane makes both of these eclipses possible in the space of just two weeks.