Summary: Mainly overcast with patchy fog yesterday; cloudy, rainy overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 65F/58F/13mph/0.25”
Depoe Bay: 64F/55F/10mph/0.23”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 400’
Visibility: 1.5 miles/Wind: SSW 6 mph/Altimeter: 30.05”
Forecast: As predicted, we got a decent dose of rain overnight. Though we’ve had minor accumulations from drizzle and light rain here on the Central Coast in the past few weeks (0.42” over the last month), today marked the end of a 57-day dry streak for Portland and most of Northwest Oregon (the 3rd longest on record). The rain turns to showers today, high 60-65F and light winds. Mostly cloudy with patchy fog tonight, low 50-55F. Tomorrow, some sunshine after the morning marine layer burns off, the mercury climbs to about 65F and light nor’westers continue. Outlook is for mostly cloudy and foggy nights/mornings, variable amounts of clearing in the afternoons/evenings all week. Temps near seasonal as highs reach 60-65F and low slump to 50-55F.
Eclipse Viewing… The latest long-range projections show partly to mostly cloudy, high 60-65F, on August 21st. But considering that computer-generated forecasts (used by the commercial weather services) don’t predict coastal fog and marine low clouds very well, local knowledge would tell you that on a typical late-August morning, 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 wet, temps 55-60F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings near 60F. The Columbia River Gorge has wet pavement, temperatures 65-70F. For the Cascades, highways are wet, 50-55F, the snow level is above 8,000 feet.
* Outlook for weekend travelers is mixed wet/dry pavement at all elevations through tonight.
Marine: Winds are SW 5-10 knots this morning with seas 3 feet at 4 seconds. High pressure rebuilds across Central Coast waters later today. Projections show surface thermal low pressure strengthening along the far southern Oregon coast this afternoon, which will likely result in gusts to 20 knots over the far southern waters. There is the potential for small craft advisory speeds Monday afternoon and evening in that area. High pressure holds through much of next week with small craft advisory conditions possible. Seas build to 5-7 feet this afternoon and stay in that range through the first part of the week. * 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… Showers, light breeze, 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.
08/13 Sun 10:39 AM 0.97 L
08/13 Sun 5:16 PM 7.86 H
08/13 Sun 11:38 PM 1.12 L
08/14 Mon 5:47 AM 6.10 H
In Short: Overcast, light winds, then night/morning clouds/fog, afternoon sunbreaks.