Stratus Quo

By: NewportOr , 3:02 PM GMT on June 09, 2014

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Monday, June 9th – Lincoln County

Summary: Yesterday was nearly an exact duplicate of Saturday with low-level marine stratus clouds extending from the beach up to Highway 101. East of the highway, most areas had sunshine for the majority of the day. The northwest winds were a smidge lighter, but only a couple of miles per hour lower; top gusts just under 30 mph were recorded. High temperatures floated around the 60F mark and there was no precipitation. As usual, the breeze faded out by sunset and the sky was partly cloudy most of the night with lows about 50F. At daybreak, there was a mix of marine clouds and blue sky, a healthy northwest wind was already beginning to blow, and temps were in the low-50s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 64F/52F
Depoe Bay: 60F/51F
Newport: 59F/50F
Waldport: 57F/51F
Yachats: 56F/50F

Forecast: Our looping weather pattern is predicted to continue for the next two or three days. Mostly clear skies – at times cloudy at the beach line but sunny east of 101 - with highs near 60F and lows of 50F. The only real deviation from recent days is that northwest winds of 15-25 mph gusting 30 are possible all day, not just in the afternoons and evenings. Outlook is for a change by Thursday when a minor weather disturbance arrives bringing a chance of showers and lighter winds. Friday and on through the weekend, unsettled conditions with a mix of clouds, sunshine, occasional rain showers and temps in the 50-60F range.

El Niño... The US Climate Prediction Center has issued an El Niño Watch for the occurrence of an El Niño this year. There’s a 70% chance during the Summer and an 80% chance for Fall and Winter. These events can cause fluctuations in ocean currents and temperatures, fisheries disruptions, above average rainfall and, in past episodes like 1997-98, El Niños have seriously altered the nature of our beaches, bays and sandspits.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy and 65-75F. Valley destinations will be mostly sunny with highs near 75F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy skies with the freezing level at 11,000 feet.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 51”, a loss of 3” since yesterday.

Marine: N wind continues to dominate the weather offshore; this morning it’s blowing 10-15 knots. Seas are 4 feet at 5 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds runs from 11:00am this morning through this evening. Northerlies rising today to 20-25 knots with gusts to 30 by late afternoon, and choppy wind waves of 5-6 feet. The breeze eases to 15-20 knots after midnight. Tomorrow, N winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 with a westerly swell about 6 feet. Outlook is for N to NW winds 10-15 knots for the rest of the week, combined seas of 3 feet. A larger swell train moves into local waters on Friday with wave heights of 7-9 feet expected.

On the Beach... Clouds and sun, breezy, surf 3-4 feet (low).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
06/09 Mon 10:35 AM 5.66 H
06/09 Mon 03:39 PM 2.46 L
06/09 Mon 10:02 PM 8.41 H
06/10 Tue 05:01 AM -0.28 L

In Short: Clouds and clearing, windy, then repeat.

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