The Meandering Ribbon

By: NewportOr , 3:06 PM GMT on August 04, 2014

Monday, August 4th – Lincoln County

Summary: The area of contention is a thin ribbon of atmosphere that’s several miles wide, hundreds of miles long and around a thousand feet thick. It’s the place where terrestrial air and marine air converge. This Summertime weather ribbon roughly parallels our coastline. Guessing its west/east position over the next 12-24 hours is beyond the realm of accurate predictability. On Saturday, for instance, the ribbon meandered inland past the beach and we had mostly cloudy skies. Yesterday, it snaked offshore a couple of miles and we were mostly sunny. Consequently, forecasts are necessarily vague, like yesterday’s which included a spread of partly to mostly sunny. High temps on Sunday were in the mid-60s and the northwest wind blew 10-15 mph with gusts into the 20s. During the evening and overnight, the ribbon drifted east again giving us overcast skies, patchy fog and lows in the 50s. This morning, it was foggy along the beach but blue inland a ways. Newport had the coolest temperature in the state at 51F, a far cry from this day in 1998 when the city hit 93F, setting a new record!

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 67F/56F
Depoe Bay: 64F/54F
Newport: 64F/51F
Waldport: 63F/52F
Yachats: 64F/53F

Forecast: For the rest of this week, the ribbon of mixed air will continue to vacillate, sometimes coming ashore and other times moving offshore over the ocean. So, the outlook is for partly to mostly sunny days, low clouds and patchy fog during the nights and mornings, highs of 65F and lows of 55F, with northwest winds 15-25 mph. There is also a chance of drizzle tomorrow night.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny and 80-90F. Valley destinations will have sunny skies with highs of 90-95F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy; the freezing level is at 14,000 feet.

Marine: The breeze is light this morning, 5-10 knots out of the N, seas are running 5 feet at 8 seconds, and it’s foggy near shore. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. For today, tonight and tomorrow, northerlies 10-15 knots with occasional gusts of 20-25, lumpy seas 3-6 feet, and foggy at times. Outlook is for nearly the same conditions to exist through Friday with no significant changes on the horizon.

On the Beach... Patchy fog, mostly sunny, surf 3-4 feet (low).
* A reminder for people from the warm Valley coming to the cool Coast to escape the heat; the ocean and area rivers are very cold and swimming in them can quickly lead to hypothermia and drowning.
* In Lincoln City, it’s no time for a dip in Devils Lake. A No Contact Advisory is in place due to toxins in the water from an algae bloom. Swallowing or inhaling water droplets, as well as skin contact with water, should be avoided. Drinking any water directly from Devils Lake is especially dangerous.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
08/04 Mon 07:10 AM 5.38 H
08/04 Mon 12:13 PM 2.89 L
08/04 Mon 06:56 PM 8.03 H
08/05 Tue 02:08 AM 1.10 L

In Short: Partly to mostly clear, patchy fog and low clouds, then repeat.

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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