Friday, May 9th – Lincoln County
Summary: For this late in the season, yesterday’s storm packed a lot of power and moisture. Southwest winds were at predictions, 25-30 mph gusting to 40; Yachats recorded the highest gust at 42 mph. Gusts outside of our regular reporting stations included 43 mph on the Yaquina Bay Bridge and 54 mph at Mary’s Peak. The most rain fell in Waldport, just under an inch. Regionally, record rainfall of 1.31” was set at Astoria, breaking the old record of 0.73” set in 1983. High temperatures on the Central Coast were in the mid-50s. The steady rain turned to showers about 9:00pm last night, with a downpour then arriving every two to three hours afterward. This morning, a mixed sky, showers, light south wind and lows around 50F.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 56F/48F/0.87”/28mph
Depoe Bay: 53F/48F/0.85”/33mph
Forecast: We have one of the better set-ups for thunderstorms now through tomorrow morning. The atmosphere is very unstable which can produce at the least some very heavy rain showers, but there’s also a potential for thunder, lightning, small hail or even a funnel cloud today. High temps about 55F with southwest winds 15-20 mph gusting to 25. For tonight, breezy, showers, a continued chance of thunderstorms and lows in the mid-40s. Showers tomorrow morning, a mixed sky late in the day, light winds with a high about 60F. Outlook is for clearing and drying beginning Sunday and lasting all week. Look for sunny days and clear nights with highs of 65-70F and lows around 50F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, windy, showers and scattered thunderstorms which could produce small hail; temps of 55-60F. Valley destinations expect showers and possible thunderstorms with highs of 60-65F. For the Cascades, showers and thunderstorms today with the freezing level at 4,500 feet, dropping this evening to 4,000 feet. There’s a chance of a few inches of snow in the passes today through tomorrow.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 113”, a loss of 3” since yesterday, or 80% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Mt Bachelor 2/97/Variable
Mt Hood Meadows 3/108/Variable
Marine: Seas are steep this morning, 7 feet at 7 seconds, and winds are from the WSW 15-20 knots. Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 20 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Continued rough conditions are expected today along with a chance of thunderstorms. A Small Craft Advisory for SW winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 is in effect through this evening. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous square seas 9 feet at 9 seconds is posted through late tonight. The breeze eases tonight to SW 10 knots after midnight with slowly rounding seas at 8 feet. Tomorrow, look for W winds 5-10 knots and the swell subsiding to 7 feet. Outlook for Sunday through Tuesday is light northerlies and wave heights around 4 feet.
On the Beach… Showers, thunder, breezy, surf 7-8 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
05/09 Fri 09:04 AM 5.61 H
05/09 Fri 03:03 PM 1.50 L
05/09 Fri 09:41 PM 7.10 H
05/10 Sat 04:06 AM 1.50 L
In Short: Showers, possible thunderstorms, then clearing and warmer.