Monday, Apr. 27th – Lincoln County
Summary: Even the 90-percenters shot low yesterday. As we’d discussed in the forecast, rain chances ranged from 20%-90%; it turned out to be 100%. The guesswork was based on predicting exactly where a minor weather disturbance would make landfall. In most models, the main area of precipitation appeared to be moving ashore just north of the Central Coast. Rainfall totals show that it just clipped us with amounts fading north to south, from over a quarter inch in Lincoln City down to about a tenth in Yachats. By dusk, the light rain was history but the overcast hung on until around 4:00am when skies finally cleared. This morning, a bright sunrise greeted early risers and winds were light easterly.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/49F/0.27”
Depoe Bay: 53F/46F/0.26”
Forecast: Like a pop group with one hit record, we’re expecting a single Summerlike day amidst a stretch of cool and wet weather. Sunshine, backed by a band of light and warm east winds, should chart thermometer readings of 65-70F this afternoon (record highs for this date are in the low-70s). But, fame is fleeting, and the clouds make a return appearance tonight with a chance of drizzle and lows near 50F. We’ll slip off the Summer charts tomorrow as rain and temps around 55F are expected. Outlook is for a few showers possible on Wednesday, followed by partly to mostly clear skies and seasonal temperatures of 45F-55F Thursday through Sunday.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny with 70-80F. Valley destinations are expecting fog early, becoming sunny and highs of 75-80F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, gusty east winds, temps near 75F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the passes this morning, temperatures are 35-40F; mostly sunny, the free air freezing level is 10,000 feet rising to 12,000 feet this afternoon.
Cascades Snow Pack: No data available today.
Marine: What breeze there is is coming from the ENE at around 5 knots this morning and seas have settled to 5 feet at 8 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from this evening through tomorrow morning. Today, winds are predicted veer to S 5-10 knots early, then to northerly gusting 15 knots by this afternoon with 5 foot swells. A front comes through tonight and SW winds rise to 15-20 knots gusting 25 and choppy seas build to 6 feet. W to NW winds are in the cards tomorrow, 10-15 knots, gusting 20 in the afternoon along with swells building to 9 feet. Outlook is for another weak front to impact local waters Wednesday; expect sou’westers 10-15 knots and swells holding at 9 feet. For Thursday, N winds 10-15 knots, then ramping-up to NNW 20-25 knots on Friday with swells running 6-7 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Sunny, warm, surf 5-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/27 Mon 08:04 AM 6.0 H
04/27 Mon 02:36 PM 1.04 L
04/27 Mon 09:25 PM 6.68 H
04/28 Tue 03:27 AM 2.40 L
In Short: Mostly clear, warm, light east wind, then showers and unsettled.