Summary: Mainly cloudy, fog/drizzle yesterday; recordable rain overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 64F/58F/12mph/~0.01”
Depoe Bay: 62F/55F/10mph/0.01”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 300’, overcast @ 700’
Visibility: 3 miles/Wind: calm/Altimeter: 30.03”
The Air Quality Alert remains in effect for the Central Coast until noon tomorrow. 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: The temperature difference yesterday afternoon was rather amazing with much of the sunny and smoky Willamette Valley at 95F and the foggy and drizzly Central Coast beaches at just 55F. The same conditions are expected to continue through Saturday as highs here struggle to reach 60F, lows dip to 50-55F, and skies remain mostly cloudy with patchy fog and possible drizzle. Outlook is for a good chance of showers Saturday night and Sunday, then continued mostly cloudy and cool Monday through Wednesday.
Eclipse Viewing… The current long-range forecast shows intervals of clouds and sunshine with 65F on August 21st. There’s a slight (20%) chance of showers as well. 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, temp 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, 55-65F, a chance of showers or thunderstorms, 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 light and variable this morning with seas 4 feet at 8 seconds. High pressure will continue over the NE Pacific through Friday. This will keep northerly winds over Central Coast waters that will generally peak in the afternoon and evening hours, but gusts should remain well below advisory thresholds. A weak front looks likely to move across the area late Saturday into Sunday bringing a brief period of southerly winds. High pressure is expected to redevelop early next week, with thermal low pressure building into the South Oregon Coast. This could produce a brief period of advisory gusts to 25 knots Monday afternoon and evening. Seas will remain below 5 feet through the weekend. Seas may build to 6-7 feet for a short time early next week as the northerly winds increase. * 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 cloudy, patchy fog, 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.
08/10 Thu 8:43 AM -0.63 L
08/10 Thu 3:19 PM 7.54 H
08/10 Thu 8:59 PM 1.68 L
08/11 Fri 3:01 AM 7.63 H
In Short: Mainly overcast, light wind, patchy fog/drizzle, then chance of showers.