WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY

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Weather or Not: Tale of Two Parades

Chris Burns Weather

Sunday, May 4th – Lincoln County

Summary: Last year for the Loyalty Day Parade and Fun Run in Newport it was sunny, calm and 82F. Participants sweltered and many dropped out due to heat exhaustion. Spectators were in shorts, tank tops and flip-flops. During this year’s parade and fun run yesterday, conditions were the opposite with light rain, strong winds and 52F. Participants shivered under their costumes but kept smiling and waving as they marched down Highway 101. Hardy spectators, tucked inside hoodies and raincoats, smiled and waved back. Fortunately, the heaviest rain held off until after the parade. Total rainfall amounts with this current weather system stand at between a third and a half inch. Southwest winds approached 40 mph at times. The highest regional gusts were on the Yaquina Bay Bridge (elev. 120’) 52 mph and at Mary’s Peak (elev. 4,137’) 69 mph. By late last night, the steady rain morphed to showers, a few holes opened in the overcast, and lows were in the low-50s. This morning, the intensity of the showers increased while the breeze fell to gusts less than 30 mph.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 56F/53F/0.54”/38mph
Depoe Bay: 55F/51F/0.44”/38mph
Newport: 55F/52F/0.41”/38mph
Waldport: 57F/52F/0.31”/36mph
Yachats: 56F/53F/0.32”/39mph

Forecast: Don’t expect continuous rain today, but when it does, it’ll sometimes be heavy. Cool, unstable air and a sustained southwest wind flow will keep the shower activity going most of the day. High 55F and winds 20-25 mph gusting 30 or so. Tonight, more showers of lesser intensity, winds should be decreasing also, and our low temp about 50F. The chance of showers is on the wane tomorrow, high again about 55F and lighter winds. Outlook is for partly sunny and drier mid-week with the mercury rising to 60F. By Thursday night and on into the weekend, more rain and wind are predicted with seasonal temps of 45-55F.

Travel: In the Coast Range, showers and windy today with temps of 55-60F. Valley destinations have showers likely, breezy and forecast highs of 60F. For the Cascades, breezy this morning with rain and snow showers and the snow level at 6,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers in the Coast Range and Willamette Valley is for showers, heavy at times, and windy today through tonight. For the Cascades, the snow level drops to near the highway passes later today and tonight with 1-3 inches of snow possible.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 116”, no change since yesterday, or 81% of normal.

Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Mt Bachelor 0/98/Wet
Mt Hood Meadows 1/111/Machine Groomed
Timberline 4/153/Spring

Marine: It’s snotty out there this morning with SSW winds 25-30 knots and square seas 12 feet at 12 seconds. Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational vessels and uninspected passenger vessels 36 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this evening. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is posted through this evening. SW winds today 20-25 knots with gusts of 30-35, seas 10-12 feet. The breeze eases tonight to 15-20 knots gusting 25 with wave heights dropping to 7 feet. Tomorrow, SW wind 10-15 knots and a 6 foot swell. Outlook is NW wind on Tuesday and Wednesday 5-15 knots, seas subsiding to 3-5 feet. Thursday, the breeze shifts back to SW 10-15 knots, seas 5 feet. Another weather system is anticipated to impact local waters next weekend. NOTE: Oregon State University has deployed six ocean condition monitoring buoys that contain sensitive research equipment in, and offshore of, the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve. They’re easy to spot, marked with a white float attached to a flagpole with an orange flag and a radar reflector.

On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
05/04 Sun 10:43 AM -0.04 L
05/04 Sun 05:40 PM 6.25 H
05/04 Sun 10:51 PM 3.32 L
05/05 Mon 04:31 AM 6.71 H

In Short: Showers, windy, then slow drying.

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