Keeping Our Cool

By: NewportOr , 3:14 PM GMT on August 11, 2014

Monday, August 11th – Lincoln County

Summary: While Willamette Valley thermometers soared into the upper-90s and low-100s, we kept our cool on the Central Coast yesterday. Highs ranged across the 60s and a northwest breeze of 10-20 mph allowed our area to remain more than tolerable. You didn’t have to go very far east to get into the heat, though; even Eddyville hit 88F. The sun was lightly filtered by an upper-level haze and there was no measureable precipitation. The breeze died around sunset and scattered clouds played peek-a-boo with the Full Sturgeon super-Moon overnight. This morning, it was partly cloudy, some light fog/haze along the beach, calm and Newport had the second coldest temperature in Oregon again at 50F, two degrees above Meacham which dipped to 48F.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 69F/57F
Depoe Bay: 65F/51F
Newport: 63F/50F
Waldport: 62F/51F
Yachats: 63F/52F

Forecast: A Red Flag Warning remains in effect until 11:00am tomorrow for hot, dry and unstable atmospheric conditions along with abundant lightning in all of Lincoln County except the immediate coastline. There’s an increasing chance of thunderstorms today which may produce small hail and outflow winds to 40 mph. Initial thunderstorms may generate little in the way of rainfall but frequent lightning. With fairly dry fuels in place, this may set the stage for numerous fire starts. There is only about a 20-30% chance of thunderstorms along the Central Coastal strip today and tonight, otherwise a mix of clouds and clearing, high temps of 65-70F, lows of 50-55F and lighter northwest winds 5-15 mph. A slight chance of showers is in tomorrow’s forecast, mostly cloudy skies and highs around 65F. Outlook is for a lingering possibility of showers through Thursday, followed by partly to mostly sunny days, partly to mostly cloudy nights, patchy fog and seasonal temperatures of 55-65F.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, Red Flag Warning and Heat Advisory, partly sunny and 90-95F. Valley destinations have a Red Flag Warning and Heat Advisory with partly sunny skies; highs of 95-100F. For the Cascades, Red Flag Warning, partly sunny with a showers and thunderstorms; the freezing level is at 8,000 feet.

Marine: Mellow breezes this morning with a light southerly near the beach and NNE winds 5-10 knots offshore; but seas have built to 7 feet at 11 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. For today and tonight, NNW winds 10-15 knots, a few gusts to 20, NW swells 5-7 feet with 3-4 foot windwaves this afternoon and evening, along with a chance of thunderstorms. The breeze is expected to go light tomorrow, W 5 knots, and the swell about 5 feet. Outlook is for nor’westers 10-15 knots and a W swell of 4-5 feet with 2-4 foot chop on top through Friday.

On the Beach... Sun and clouds, patchy fog, chance of thunderstorms, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* A reminder for people from the hot Valley coming to the cool Coast to escape the high temperatures; the ocean and area rivers are very cold and swimming in them can quickly lead to hypothermia and drowning.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
08/11 Mon 07:15 AM -1.46 L
08/11 Mon 01:44 PM 8.46 H
08/11 Mon 07:24 PM 1.22 L
08/12 Tue 01:29 AM 9.56 H

In Short: Mixed sky, lighter winds, possible thunderstorms, then showers.

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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