Wednesday, Apr. 30th – Lincoln County
Summary: Talk about your Spring day, it just doesn’t get much better than yesterday. High temperatures rose into the mid-70s and clouds were negligible. Warm east winds blew through most of the day at 10-15 mph with a few gusts into the 20s. Overnight, skies remained clear, the east wind continued and there was one very unusual factor – the thermometer reading. It never got below 60F, which for the Central Coast is a rarity during any night of the year. At dawn, a tee-shirt and shorts were sufficient apparel to be outdoors as temps were in the low-60s under clear skies.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 75F/51F
Depoe Bay: 76F/44F
Forecast: The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement for the warmest weather of the year so far, expected today and tomorrow in Northwest Oregon. Afternoon temperatures across inland areas at lower elevations will likely peak in the mid- to upper-80s both today and Thursday, and may approach record values at some locations. The coast will likely also see areas in the 80s today, but then cooler temperatures tomorrow. The entire area will see relief on Friday.
While these temperatures are not excessive for summer, they are much higher than any seen so far this year and we haven’t had a chance to acclimate. If you have outside activities planned today – baseball, softball, soccer, hiking or running – be sure to stay hydrated and avoid becoming overheated.
The warmth may cause some individuals to seek relief in the ocean, or in area rivers which are running cold and fast right now. Every year people are killed in the ocean and rivers during hot weather by overestimating their personal abilities and underestimating the impacts of currents and cold water temperatures. These conditions can be lethal.
This is also a time to be extremely careful with fire. High temperatures, low humidity and brisk winds can quickly turn any burn into a wildfire.
That’s the official NWS statement. Now, the forecast for the Central Coast today; expect a high temperature near 80F along with east winds 10-15 mph gusting 20 (see Weather Factoid below). Mostly clear tonight, low of 55F and continued east winds. Tomorrow, the temperature should be down to 65-70F, and by Friday to just 60F. Outlook is for cool weather with increasing chances of rain over the weekend.
Loyalty Days Parade… A 20 percent chance of showers on Saturday, high 55F.
Travel: In the Coast Range, sunny today with temps warming to 80-85F. Valley destinations are expecting sunny skies and highs of 85-90F. For the Cascades, sunshine and breezy today with the freezing level at 13,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 130”, a loss of 5” since yesterday, or 84% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Mt Bachelor 0/112/Spring Packed Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 0/119/Spring Packed Powder
Timberline 0/165/Spring Packed Powder
Marine: Light conditions this morning with east winds about 10 knots, seas 5 feet and the bars are open. So, let’s go fishing! As of 7:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. For today, NE winds 10 knots with occasional gusts to 20, wave heights around 5 feet. Tonight, the breeze veers to SE 10 knots gusting 15, seas remaining at 5 feet. Tomorrow, S winds 5-10 knots gusting to 15 with a 4 foot swell. Outlook is for SW winds on Friday, 5-10 knots, and seas 5 feet. A weather system is predicted for the weekend bringing SW winds 15-20 knots with seas building to 8-10 feet.
On the Beach… Sunny, warm, breezy, surf 4-5 feet (low).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/30 Wed 07:50 AM -1.26 L
04/30 Wed 02:23 PM 7.20 H
04/30 Wed 07:43 PM 2.15 L
05/01 Thu 01:44 AM 8.69 H
In Short: Mostly clear, quite warm, then cooling and unsettled.
Weather Factoid: What causes those rare days each year when the Central Coast reaches 80F or higher? Normally, even in the middle of Summer, we seldom see the mercury rise much above 70F. The reason our weather is usually cool is that the ocean’s temperature influence keeps the air over the immediate coastline in the range of 45-65F. If the air along the coast heats up more than that, it rises and is replaced by cooler marine air moving in from the west to fill the void. However, every once in a while (like now), an offshore wind flow from the east blocks the marine air; it simply can’t make its way to shore to cool us off. And, consequently, our weather is dominated by much warmer air from the interior.