That Annoying Anemometer

By: NewportOr , 3:01 PM GMT on June 10, 2014

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Tuesday, June 10th – Lincoln County

Summary: Smalltalk yesterday most likely included the phrase, “Man, this wind is gettin’ to be annoying.” As predicted, the stiff north-northwest breeze lasted all day, spinning anemometers steadily at 15-20 mph with gusts in the 30s. The peak puff in the area was 40 mph on the Yaquina Bay Bridge. Skies remained clear and the mercury topped out around 60F. The strongest winds finally faded after sunset, but continued at 10-15 mph most of the night; low temps were in the upper 40s. At first light, there was blue sky, marine clouds offshore and a hint of a northerly breeze.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Wind Gust...
Lincoln City: 62F/47F/36mph
Depoe Bay: 61F/48F/25mph
Newport: 61F/48F/33mph
Waldport: 59F/47F/30mph
Yachats: 59F/48F/27mph

Forecast: You still have another day or two of wind annoyance in store as our current weather regime stays in place. Breezy northerlies 15-25 mph gusting to 30 are on the agenda again today, easing tonight but rebuilding tomorrow. High temperatures near 60F and lows of 50F. Outlook is for slowly increasing clouds and still breezy Wednesday night. Thursday and Friday a small weather disturbance is forecast to impact the Central Coast with a chance of showers, projections now say a 30-40% probability of precipitation. Unsettled weather for the weekend with a slight chance of showers, clouds, sunshine, a little warmer and less annoying winds.

Travel: On Highway 101, construction work is underway through the Nelscott District in Lincoln City. Expect minor delays during the day and flagged nighttime closures from 7:00pm to 6:30am. The project will widen 101 with a lane in each direction and a center turn lane. It will also create wider shoulders, new curbs and sidewalks, a new pedestrian crossing, a new signal at 32nd Street, retaining walls and landscaping. In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny and 70-80F. Valley destinations will have sunshine with highs of 75-80F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy skies with the freezing level at 11,000 feet.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 48”, a loss of 3” since yesterday.

Marine: The breeze isn’t quite as strong this morning, out of the NNE around 10 knots, but it’s still choppy with 5 foot seas at 6 seconds. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. It looks like today and tonight will be marginally better than recent days with northerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20 and combined seas of 4 feet. Tomorrow, even lighter conditions as N winds stay about 10-15 knots and wind waves drop to 2 feet on a 4 foot swell. Outlook is for SW winds Thursday, 5-10 knots gusting 15; swells around 3 feet. For Friday and Saturday, back to NW wind 10-15 knots and a lumpy NW swell of 7-8 feet with 3 foot wind waves.

On the Beach... Mostly sunny, 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
06/10 Tue 11:30 AM 6.06 H
06/10 Tue 04:29 PM 2.58 L
06/10 Tue 10:44 PM 8.86 H
06/11 Wed 05:45 AM -1.00 L

In Short: Mainly clear, windy, then increasing clouds with showers.

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