Summary: Mostly sunny, breezy yesterday; mainly clear, patchy fog overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 66F/55F/27mph/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 64F/48F/22mph/0.00”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 6 mph/Altimeter: 30.14”
Forecast: A fairly stable pattern will influence our weather for the next week or so with night/morning low clouds and patchy fog, partly to mostly clear afternoons/evenings and late-day sea breezes. The thermometer hangs around seasonal marks as highs reach 60-65F and lows dip to 50-55F.
Eclipse Viewing… The countdown for Monday’s Great American Solar Eclipse continues. With just five days left, forecasters are refining their predictions. Right now, it looks like it’ll be partly to mostly overcast here on the Central Coast during the eclipse itself, from about 9:00am-11:30am, depending on how fast any morning low clouds burn off. The real wildcard of course is fog, often developing or dissipating quickly especially at prime viewing locations like the beaches and headlands. National Weather Service eclipse website is here.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are dry, temps 45-50F. 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, 45-55F, the free air freezing level is 13,000 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 NE 5-10 knots this morning with seas 6 feet at 9 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from this afternoon through this evening. High pressure will remain anchored over coastal waters through the weekend, with thermal low pressure over Northern California and Southern Oregon. This will keep the summer-time northerlies in place, with breezy conditions developing during the afternoon/evening hours over the next several days, especially south of Newport. Expect additional advisory level winds through the weekend. Seas will generally be around 5-7 feet, but they may build to around 8 feet at times as the winds increase. Seas may also become steep during the afternoon/evening hours. * 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 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.
08/16 Wed 8:26 AM 5.69 H
08/16 Wed 1:36 PM 2.81 L
08/16 Wed 8:06 PM 8.19 H
08/17 Thu 3:07 AM -0.04 L
In Short: Night/morning clouds/fog, clearing/windy afternoons/evenings.