Thursday, May 8th – Lincoln County
Summary: Ol’ Sol had his work cut out yesterday trying to burn through the low-level marine clouds. He finally succeeded about 3:00pm and we had fair skies with hazy sunshine until sunset. Northwest winds were light, mostly around 10 mph and highs came in at 55-60F. Thickening overcast returned shortly after dark and the first rain shower doused the ground just after midnight. Precipitation sums by daybreak were approaching a quarter inch, with the highest amounts in our southern section. This morning, the rain was steady, winds were light out of the east and lows dropped to the upper-40s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 62F/48F/0.18”
Depoe Bay: 60F/47F/0.15”
Forecast: The calendar says May, but the weather says March. Another mid-Spring storm is upon us. It’s a Central Coast classic, too, with a warm front bringing moderate rain this morning followed by a cold front this afternoon with heavier rain and breezy conditions. Blustery southwest winds of 25-30 mph gusting to 45 are expected, along with about a half inch of rain and a high today of 55F. Tonight, the steady rain turns to showers, southwest winds drop to 10-15 mph gusting 25, and lows bottom out in the upper-40s. Tomorrow, showers and possible thunderstorms, southwest winds to 30 mph and a high of 55F. Rainfall storm totals could be well over an inch. Outlook is for showers on Saturday. Then, it looks like sunny and warmer Sunday through Wednesday, with clear nights, lows of 50F and highs of 65-70F.
Travel: In the Coast Range, rainy and windy today with temps of 55-60F. Valley destinations will have rain and highs of 60F. For the Cascades, rain and wind today with the freezing level at 6,000 feet rising to 8,000 feet, but dropping quickly late tonight to 5,000 feet or lower. There’s a chance of snow in the passes tomorrow and tomorrow night.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 116”, a loss of 2” since yesterday, or 79% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Mt Bachelor 0/97/Spring
Mt Hood Meadows 0/111/Machine Groomed
Timberline 1/152/Packed Powder
Marine: For this first day of the sport halibut opener, winds offshore are already blowing out of the S at 15-20 knots (lighter near shore) and combined seas are 6 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. But, a Gale Warning is now in effect and lasts through this afternoon for SW winds of 25-30 knots gusting 35-40 with rough seas of 10 feet at 10 seconds. Conditions ease somewhat tonight with sou’westers 15-20 knots gusting 25 and the swell down to 7-9 feet. Tomorrow, the breeze veers to W 15 knots with gusts to 20 and choppy seas of about 8 feet. Outlook is for improving conditions for the weekend. SW wind on Saturday, 5-10 knots, and wave heights of 8-10 feet. Sunday and Monday, sunshine and NW winds of 5-10 knots with a 5-6 foot swell.
On the Beach… Rain and very breezy, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
05/08 Thu 07:54 AM 5.57 H
05/08 Thu 02:14 PM 1.32 L
05/08 Thu 09:03 PM 6.72 H
05/09 Fri 03:18 AM 2.19 L
In Short: Rainy and windy, showers, then clearing and warmer.