Summary: Mostly cloudy and breezy yesterday; overcast and calm overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 65F/57F/22mph/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 60F/53F/20mph/0.00”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 300’
Visibility: 2.5 miles/Wind: N 3 mph/Altimeter: 30.05”
The Air Quality Alert remains in effect for the Central Coast until 7:00pm this evening. Wildfires burning in the region combined with atmospheric conditions will cause air quality to reach unhealthy levels due to smoke and ozone at times. 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: Things look stable for the next few days before a possible change early next week. For now, expect cloudy nights and mornings with patchy fog, some clearing in the afternoons and evenings, a moderate sea breeze, highs of 60-65F, lows 50-55F. Outlook is for a chance of showers beginning as early as Sunday and lasting through Tuesday with temps a bit below seasonal, high 60F, low 50F.
Eclipse Viewing… The current long-range forecast shows partly cloudy and 65-70F on August 21st. 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 obscured. The National Weather Service eclipse website is 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, 55-65F, 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 5-10 knots this morning with seas 6 feet at 8 seconds. Little change is expected over the coastal waters through the rest of the week. High pressure will remain over the NE Pacific, with low pressure inland. This will continue the northerly flow regime. Winds remain generally 10-15 knots with gusts to 20. A low-pressure system is expected to arrive over the weekend, bringing a weak front into the waters. This will briefly turn the winds southerly, but they should remain below small craft advisory thresholds. * 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… Partly 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.
08/08 Tue 7:35 AM -0.88 L
08/08 Tue 2:12 PM 7.20 H
08/08 Tue 7:37 PM 2.19 L
08/09 Wed 1:39 AM 8.17 H
In Short: Partial clearing, moderate wind, patchy fog, then chance of showers.