Ratcheting Down

By: NewportOr , 3:13 PM GMT on August 20, 2014

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Wednesday, August 20th – Lincoln County

Summary: The atmosphere was busy yesterday with a low marine layer in the morning, scattered clouds and sunshine in the afternoon, and areas of fog throughout the day at the beach line. Northwest winds were reasonable at 10-15 mph gusting 20. Temperatures rose to the mid-60s, though Lincoln City broke the 70F barrier and Waldport’s mercury stopped climbing at just 63F. Overnight, sky conditions varied between nearly clear and completely overcast with low temps in the mid-50s. This morning, low clouds were dissipating inland, fog enveloped some areas of the beach and winds were light.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 70F/55F
Depoe Bay: 65F/53F
Newport: 64F/54F
Waldport: 63F/54F
Yachats: 65F/53F

Forecast: Most everything is being ratcheted down a notch - fewer clouds, less fog, lighter winds. The only part of our weather that’s going to remain status quo for a while is temperatures. Not much change is expected in the thermometer today, topping out at 65F or so, with more sunshine (though foggy areas will keep the beach cooler). This evening for Yaquina Head Lighthouse’s 141st Anniversary tours, partly cloudy, patchy fog and fairly light winds. Expect a rerun tomorrow with sunny skies, patchy fog and 65F. Outlook is for mostly sunny days, partly cloudy nights, patchy fog, highs of 65-70F and lows about 55F. Temps may climb to over 70F by next week.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny and 65-75F. Valley destinations will have mostly sunny skies with highs of 75-80F. For the Cascades, becoming partly cloudy; the freezing level is at 14,000 feet.

Marine: Mellow conditions offshore this morning; winds are calm and seas are 5 feet at 11 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. For today and tonight, NW winds 10-15 knots with 5 foot seas. Even lighter winds are expected tomorrow, around 10 knots out of the NW, and a swell of 5 feet. Outlook is for northerlies 10-15 knots with a 5 foot NW swell through the weekend.

On the Beach... Sun and fog, 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
08/20 Wed 10:25 AM 6.20 H
08/20 Wed 03:24 PM 3.43 L
08/20 Wed 09:30 PM 7.93 H
08/21 Thu 04:32 AM 0.40 L

In Short: Clouds and clearing, patchy fog, lighter wind, then sunny and warmer.

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