Coastal forecaster, weather observer and offshore sailor specializing in the local nuances of Central Oregon Coast weather for residents and visitors.
By: NewportOr , 2:30 PM GMT on August 26, 2014
Tuesday, August 26th – Lincoln County
Summary: The sky was mostly a vivid blue yesterday, though a light white haze developed at times along the beaches. A northerly breeze of 15-20 mph gusting 25 rustled the emerald vegetation and tempered the slightly higher temperatures. No precipitation fell. The sunset was a deep reddish-orange, and the breeze faded to calm by midnight. Overnight, skies alternated between jet black clear (the Moon is new) and a few gray low clouds with patchy fog. Areas near the surf were pure white and socked in with fog at daybreak while azure skies held sway inland; there was a light northwest wind and temps dropped to 50F or a little lower.
Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 70F/51F
Depoe Bay: 64F/50F
Forecast: We’ll look for a palette of blues and whites today as patchy fog continues at the beach line during the morning and sunshine bathes inland areas. The mercury rises to 65-70F this afternoon and northwest winds are expected to be the customary 15-20 mph gusting 25 or so. Low clouds and fog return tonight, maybe a little thicker than recent nights, and lows dip to 50-55F. Tomorrow, clouds could be more prevalent as the overnight marine layer might be slow to burn off; high near 65F and lighter northwest winds. Outlook is for partly to mostly cloudy skies, light winds, highs of 65F and lows of 50-55F Thursday and Friday.
Labor Day Weekend... Chance of showers Saturday and Sunday, mostly sunny Monday.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, sunny and 85-90F. Expect some delays on Highway 34 east of Tidewater between Mileposts 14 and 18; a chip seal project is underway with lane closures and a pilot car. Valley destinations will have sunny skies with highs of 90F. For the Cascades, sunny; the freezing level is at 15,000 feet.
Marine: N winds are 10-15 knots this morning and seas are lumpy, 6 feet at 8 seconds. As of 7:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 20 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from noon today until late tonight. Northerly winds increasing to 15-20 knots gusting 25 by this afternoon, patchy fog and choppy seas 5-6 feet at 8 seconds. The breeze eases overnight to 10-15 knots with seas subsiding to 3-4 feet. Tomorrow, patchy morning fog, N winds 10-15 knots along with a NW swell of 4 feet and 2 foot windwaves. Outlook is for mainly N winds 5-15 knots, seas 3-5 feet and areas of fog and low clouds through Saturday.
On the Beach... Areas of fog, mostly sunny, breezy, surf 2-4 feet (low).
* A Water Contact Advisory is in effect for Devils Lake in Lincoln City until further notice.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
08/26 Tue 07:25 AM 0.38 L
08/26 Tue 01:49 PM 7.63 H
08/26 Tue 07:37 PM 1.80 L
08/27 Wed 01:38 AM 7.87 H
In Short: Patchy fog, mainly clear, windy, then partly cloudy.
The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.