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Weather or Not: 2 Days to Eclipse

Saturday, August 19th – Lincoln County

Summary: Mostly sunny, breezy yesterday; fair, patchy fog overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 68F/58F/23mph/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 63F/52F/25mph/0.00”
Newport: 64F/52F/29mph/0.00”
Waldport: 62F/52F/22mph/0.00”
Yachats: 65F/52F/23mph/0.00”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: unlimited
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: calm/Altimeter: 30.24”

Forecast: Look for partly to mostly sunny days after low clouds and patchy fog during the nights and mornings. A weak weather system may bring a few showers to the Central Coast by late Wednesday or early Thursday. Seasonal temperatures are predicted with highs 60-65F and lows 50-55F throughout the extended period.

Eclipse Viewing… Two days and counting, and here’s what the National Weather Service has to say: A modest thermal low-pressure area will develop over the Northern California and Southern Oregon coast during the Sunday-Monday timeframe, which may help to aid in a slight offshore component to the surface winds along the Central Coast. This would likely keep marine clouds just offshore for places like Florence, Newport, and Lincoln City. However, the ridge axis won’t be as west-to-east oriented as it was this morning, which leads to less confidence these winds will materialize. As a result, around a 50% sky cover forecast remains given the uncertainty. Meanwhile, the commercial services like The Weather Channel and AccuWeather are predicting that the morning clouds will burn off in time for the actual event, 9:04am-11:35am, on Monday.

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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are dry, temp 55-60F. 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, 45-50F, the free air freezing level is 14,000 feet.

* Outlook for Eclipse weekend travelers is dry pavement at all elevations through Monday night.

* 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 10-15 knots this morning with seas 6 feet at 9 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through late tonight. High pressure at the surface and aloft will pair with surface thermal low pressure over the OR/CA coast and across eastern Oregon. Variations of northerly surface flow will dominate the pattern for the next several days. Expect advisory-level winds through tonight across Central Coast waters but the primary threat occurs during the late afternoon and evening hours. The strongest winds of concern will likely remain from about Newport and south. Seas have remained and are expected to remain 4-6 feet with periods at 9-10 seconds. Choppy conditions to be sure, but not quite high enough to meet advisory criteria of 7 feet and square. * 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 4-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
08/19 Sat 11:45 AM 7.01 H
08/19 Sat 5:00 PM 2.38 L
08/19 Sat 11:11 PM 8.98 H
08/20 Sun 5:56 AM -1.43 L

In Short: Night/morning clouds/fog, clear/windy afternoons, then chance of showers.

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