Summary: Mostly sunny, breezy yesterday; fair skies, patchy fog overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 66F/55F/25mph/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 63F/48F/23mph/0.00”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: ENE 3 mph/Altimeter: 30.21”
Forecast: Not much change in the near term through early next week with partly to mostly sunny days, low clouds and patchy fog overnight. A weak weather system may bring a few showers to the Central Coast by Wednesday or Thursday. The mercury hovers around seasonal with highs 60-65F and lows 50-55F during the extended period.
Eclipse Viewing… Three days and counting, and for today’s viewing update we’re going to quote the National Weather Service directly: “A thermal trough (of low pressure) that develops along the Northern California coast may be the saving grace for Eclipse viewers on the Central Coast. The ECMWF (European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts) brings that trough north into Southwest Oregon, which may turn flow offshore enough to keep clouds out of the path of totality along the coast. We know eclipse viewers are rooting for that solution. However, the evil GFS (Global Forecast System) is keeping the thermal trough farther south and flow more northerly which would allow marine clouds to come onshore along Central Coast. Really and truly we have two scenarios: One where the sky along the coast remains overcast and another where the sky is clear and it’s about 50-50 right now which scenario will occur. Locations farther north up near Astoria have a higher chance of marine clouds sticking around through the eclipse.” The National Weather Service eclipse website is here.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are dry, temp 50F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, thermometer readings near 60F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 60-70F. For the Cascades, highways are dry, 50-55F, the free air freezing level is 12,000 feet.
* Outlook for Eclipse weekend travelers is dry pavement at all elevations through Monday night.
Marine: Winds are E 5 knots nearshore, but blowing N 15-20 knots well offshore at Stonewall Bank this morning with seas 7 feet at 11 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from this afternoon through Saturday afternoon. Expect a rather persistent pattern through early next week with high pressure over the coastal waters and thermal low pressure over NW California and SW Oregon. This will maintain northerly winds, gustier in the afternoons/evenings, primarily to the south of Newport. Seas will generally be 5-7 feet through the period, but may build to around 8 feet at times south of Newport with the stronger north winds. * 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 4-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
08/18 Fri 10:51 AM 6.49 H
08/18 Fri 3:59 PM 2.77 L
08/18 Fri 10:14 PM 8.74 H
08/19 Sat 5:06 AM -1.10
In Short: Night/morning clouds/fog, clear/windy afternoons, then chance of showers.