Lowering the Flags

By: NewportOr , 2:21 PM GMT on August 13, 2014

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Wednesday, August 13th – Lincoln County

Summary: Fog and low clouds punctuated by an occasional rumble of thunder sums up yesterday’s weather. The ground was dampened by mist in the morning, winds were out of the southwest at 10-15 mph and highs hovered just above 60F. The Red Flag Warning for Lincoln County was lowered by late afternoon when temps cooled and humidity increased. Overcast skies persisted through the evening and overnight; lows were in the low-50s. A couple of light rain showers drifted over the Central Coast between midnight and 4:00am leaving behind a few hundredths of an inch of precipitation. This morning at daybreak, you needed a knife to cut the fog with visibility down to around a quarter of a mile, it was drizzling on and off and the wind was calm.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 62F/54F/0.03”
Depoe Bay: 60F/53F/0.05”
Newport: 63F/54F/0.03”
Waldport: 60F/52F/0.02”
Yachats: 60F/54F/0.02”

Forecast: We’re not out of the woods yet. Situated between two low pressure systems, more showers and possible thunderstorms are on tap for us today under mostly cloudy skies. The mercury will stay down around 60F and winds are predicted to be light out of the northwest. A chance of showers continues tonight, low about 55F. By tomorrow, still mostly cloudy but the chance of rain evaporates, winds stay meager and high temperatures should be in the low-60s. Outlook is for a slow return to Summer with mostly clear skies by the weekend; more sunshine, partly cloudy nights, patchy fog, highs of 65F, lows of 55F and increasing northwest winds, especially by Sunday.

Travel: Red Flag Warnings and Heat Advisories have expired for all of Northwest Oregon. In the Coast Range today, cloudy, showers, thunderstorms and 65-70F. Valley destinations will have showers, thunderstorms and mostly cloudy skies; highs of 70-75F. For the Cascades, mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms; the freezing level is at 8,000 feet.

Marine: Winds remain southerly this morning at 5-10 knots, seas are 6 feet at 11 seconds, and there are areas of fog reducing visibility to less than a quarter mile. As of 7:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Variable winds, mostly from the W, are expected today, tonight and tomorrow. A few showers and thunderstorms are possible as well. Outlook is for northerlies 5-15 knots through Saturday, maybe 20 knots by Sunday. A W swell of 4-5 feet is projected with windwaves 2-5 feet, highest over the weekend.

On the Beach... Cloudy, fog, showers, light breeze, surf 4 feet (low).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
08/13 Wed 08:41 AM -0.57 L
08/13 Wed 03:08 PM 8.97 H
08/13 Wed 09:11 PM 0.70 L
08/14 Thu 03:17 AM 8.34 H

In Short: Mostly cloudy, fog, showers, light winds, then mixed sky and dry.

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