Thursday, May 1st – Lincoln County
Summary: The highest April temperatures in well over a hundred years were recorded along the Central Coast yesterday. The one-day heat wave pushed the mercury into the mid-80s and official records dating back to the 1880s fell. It was in April of 1900 that our previous record highs were set, but even those were surpassed on Wednesday. And, while a breeze is usually welcome in hot conditions, the east winds of 10-15 gusting into the 20s felt more like a blast furnace. Temperatures peaked between 3:00pm and 6:00pm, at which time the wind faded and the thermometer began easing down. Overnight and early this morning, skies remained mostly clear, there was a light east wind and temps dropped to about 60F.
Past 24 Hours High*/Low…
Lincoln City: 84F/58F
Depoe Bay: 84F/56F
*A new official record high temperature for April 30th of 86F was set in Newport at the airport yesterday. This breaks the old daily record for the date of 81F set in 1900, and beats the all-time month of April record of 84F set on April 29th, 1900. Other Central Coast locations were hot, too, but they do not have official long term temperature archives. At the Astoria airport, a high temperature of 84F was recorded, which breaks the old mark of 75F set in 2004. McMinnville (85F), Salem (86F) and Eugene (82F) also set new records for the date.
Forecast: Cooler today. Highs are expected to top out at 70-75F and the light winds veer from east to southwest. This change in wind direction is indicative of a major change in the overall weather. We’ll start seeing a few high clouds today, and some patchy fog possibly developing tonight, low about 50F. Tomorrow, look for even cooler temps with highs about 60F, mostly cloudy skies and a chance of fog and drizzle at times. Outlook for Saturday is cloudy in the morning with an increasing chance of rain by afternoon. Saturday night, steady rain and a low of 50F. Showers are probable on Sunday, high in the mid-50s, followed by unsettled and relatively cool weather the remainder of the week with highs of 55F and lows of 45F.
Loyalty Days Parade… A 30 percent chance of rain by noon on Saturday, high 55F.
Travel: In the Coast Range, sunny today with temps warming to 75-85F. Valley destinations will be hot again with highs near 90F under sunny skies. For the Cascades, sunshine and breezy today with the freezing level at 13,000 feet. A backcountry and high elevation Avalanche Warning is in effect.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 123”, a loss of 7” since yesterday, or 83% of normal. Weekly snow total, -7”; difference from last year, +6”. These statistics are for the Hood/Deschutes snow basin. Other basins are much lower. Willamette is 51% of normal; Rogue is only 30%; and Klamath is at just 20%.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Mt Bachelor 0/108/Hard Packed
Mt Hood Meadows 0/119/Packed Powder
Timberline 0/159/Packed Powder
Marine: Here’s a good opportunity to get out on the ocean as it’s dead calm this morning and seas are down to 4 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Not much to fret about the rest of today, either, with S winds 10-15 knots and a 5 foot mixed swell. Tomorrow, a W to SW breeze about 10 knots with wave heights holding at 5 feet. Outlook is for a bit of a blow this weekend beginning Saturday afternoon as SW winds rise to 20-25 knots, and seas build to 10-12 feet. Ditto for Sunday. Easing conditions are expected by Monday as the wind veers to the W at 15 knots and seas fall to 6-8 feet.
On the Beach… Sunny, light wind, surf 3-4 feet (low).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
05/01 Thu 08:31 AM -1.14 L
05/01 Thu 03:10 PM 6.98 H
05/01 Thu 08:25 PM 2.52 L
05/02 Fri 02:21 AM 8.31 H
In Short: Mostly clear, cooler, light wind, then increasing clouds and rain.