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By: NewportOr , 3:07 PM GMT on June 18, 2014
Wednesday, June 18th – Lincoln County
Summary: The tail end of the weather system that soaked us over the previous three days drifted off into Idaho yesterday, leaving the Central Coast in the sun. Northwest winds were under 15 mph. A handful of light rain showers early in the morning dampened the ground but didn’t produce any measureable precipitation. The rest of the day was mostly sunny; and talk about consistency, all of our reporting stations recorded exactly 63F for the high temperature. Lows were mostly in the upper-40s. Clear skies with a hint of haze near the beach dominated the overnight scene. This morning, low clouds hovered above the ocean and broken mid-level clouds were developing above.
Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 63F/48F
Depoe Bay: 63F/45F
Forecast: We’ll be throwing the dice for sky cover over the next few days with a mix of clouds and clearing. Technically speaking, there is a southwest flow aloft creating a moist marine influence, and light northwest winds at the surface trying to push the clouds away. This situation is ripe for producing night and morning low overcast but, honestly, it’s always a crap shoot under these conditions. So, for today, tonight and tomorrow, let’s just say periods of clouds and clearing, leaning more toward cloudy from midnight to noon. Outlook is for a chance of a couple showers on Thursday night into early Friday, then back to the current regime. Highs 60-65F (depending on how often the sunny side of the dice come up) and lows around 50F.
Travel: A reminder that construction work is underway on Highway 101 through the Nelscott District in Lincoln City with short delays during the day and up to 20-minute flagged delays between 7:00pm and 6:30am daily. Also, beginning on Monday, June 23rd, nighttime paving and short daytime delays can be expected on 101 between Newport and Waldport; the entire stretch is going to be repaved. In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy and 65-75F. Valley destinations will have mostly sunny skies with a high of 70-75F. For the Cascades, mostly sunny with the freezing level at 8,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 41”, a gain of 2” since yesterday.
Marine: You can’t ask for much lighter conditions than this morning. It’s dead calm and the swell is down to 4 feet at 8 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is unrestricted, as is Yaquina Bay bar, though the dredge Yaquina is still working inside the jaws. Smaller boats that have been waiting for a flat day to get offshore may find today just right. NW winds 5-10 knots with rounded seas at 3-4 feet. Tonight, look for a light westerly breeze of 5-10 knots and the swell running about 4 feet. S to SW wind tomorrow, 5-10 knots gusting 15 in the afternoon along with seas of 5 feet. Outlook is for N winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 at times through the weekend and a NW swell at 4-6 feet.
On the Beach... Mixed sky, light breeze, surf 3-4 feet (low).
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06/18 Wed 11:08 AM -0.51 L
06/18 Wed 05:58 PM 8.03 H
06/19 Thu 12:00 AM 1.91 L
06/19 Thu 05:45 AM 6.69 H
In Short: Clouds and clearing, light northwest winds, then a chance of showers.
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