A Drizzle of Dampness

By: NewportOr , 3:12 PM GMT on August 22, 2014

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Friday, August 22nd – Lincoln County

Summary: In the wake of yesterday’s mellow weather with partly cloudy skies, light northwest winds and highs in the 60s, the predicted minor weather front and marine layer moved in before midnight. It was totally overcast with accompanying fog and drizzle by about 2:00am. The mercury remained fairly high as temperatures drifted into the mid-50s, and precipitation amounts were just barely recordable. This morning, it was still a touch misty in spots, there were areas of dense fog, the breeze was light out of the south, and the thermometer had risen a few degrees to the upper-50s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 69F/52F/<0.01”
Depoe Bay: 66F/51F/0/01”
Newport: 64F/50F/0.01”
Waldport: 63F/49F/0.01”
Yachats: 64F/54F/0.01”

Forecast: Before your spirits are seriously dampened, we should see the gray big-top burn off by late morning and the return of the sun this afternoon. Northwest winds are expected to rise today to 10-15 mph gusting to 20, and high temps will be seasonal at 65F or so. Tonight, on your way to see ‘Mary Shelley: Frankenstein Unbound’ at the PAC in Newport, partly cloudy skies, a northerly breeze with gusts to 20 mph or a tad higher, and overnight low temps around 55F. Look for mostly sunny skies tomorrow, lighter winds and highs again of 65F or so. Outlook is for sunny days, partly cloudy nights, increasing northwest winds and standard thermometer readings between 55F and 65F next week.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy and 70-80F. Valley destinations will have mostly sunny skies with highs around 80F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy, isolated showers and thunderstorms; the freezing level is at 8,000 feet.

Marine: It’s nearly flat this morning. Winds are calm to southerly 5 knots and seas are running 3 feet at 8 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Limited visibility in fog and drizzle should fade as today progresses and we switch back to NW winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 by this afternoon; swells 4 feet with a 3 foot chop on top. Tonight and tomorrow, expect patchy fog, northerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20 and lumpy 4 footers. Outlook is for N winds 15-25 knots and choppy 4-5 foot seas Sunday through Tuesday.

On the Beach... Fog early, partly cloudy later, windy, 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
08/22 Fri 11:52 AM 6.74 H
08/22 Fri 05:08 PM 2.95 L
08/22 Fri 11:07 PM 8.10 H
08/23 Sat 05:52 AM 0.16 L

In Short: Patchy fog, drizzle, then partly cloudy and breezy.

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