Saturday, May 10th – Lincoln County
Summary: The symptoms were properly diagnosed and the atmosphere’s instability disorder ran its course as anticipated over the past 24 hours. The ailment triggered rumbles of thunder, occasional lightning flashes, rainbows, small hail in spots and even a funnel cloud. The largest of the showers dumped almost two-thirds of an inch of rain between Depoe Bay and just north of Newport. Yachats had the highest wind gust. High temps were in the mid-50s. Showers, some rather heavy, continued overnight with lows mostly in the upper-40s. The wind came around to the northwest early this morning, indicative of healthier times ahead. At daybreak, a mixed sky, showers and light winds.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 57F/51F/0.39”/25mph
Depoe Bay: 57F/46F/0.60”/24mph
Forecast: The prognosis is good; we’re on the mend. There are still showers on the radar this morning, but it looks like gradual recovery as the day goes on. Fewer clouds and more blue today with highs near 60F and light west wind. Partly cloudy skies tonight and lows around 45F. Tomorrow, we should feel in-the-pink with the start of a stretch of sunny days and clear nights; highs 60-65F and lows about 50F. Outlook is for daytime sunshine with feverish thermometer readings of 65-75F, afternoon northwest winds and nighttime lows in the mid-50s all week. The onset of a cold is looking likely for next weekend with cooler temps and a chance of rain.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, showers and scattered thunderstorms becoming partly sunny with temps of 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting showers, partly sunny and highs of 60-65F. For the Cascades, a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 11:00am this morning. Snow is accumulating on Highway 26 at Government Camp and on Highway 20 at Santiam Pass and Tombstone Summit. The passes will remain snow covered or slushy for much of this morning. Most snow should melt from the highways by midday as strong May sunshine warms the pavement. The freezing level is at 3,500 feet. Carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers is for partly cloudy skies in the Coast Range, Valley and Cascades with the freezing level rising to 5,000 feet tonight, 7,500 feet tomorrow.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 125”, a gain of 12” since yesterday, or 84% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Mt Bachelor 8/106/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 9/117/Powder
Marine: Winds have veered to the WNW 10 knots this morning and seas have rounded some, down to 8 feet at 9 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 20 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. NW winds should be easing to 5-10 knots by this afternoon following an occasional gust to 20 this morning; seas subsiding to 6-7 feet, and a chance of thunderstorms early. Tonight and tomorrow, northerlies 5-10 knots, wave heights 4-5 feet. Outlook is for N winds 10-15 knots Monday and Tuesday, building to 20-25 knots in the afternoons by Wednesday and Thursday. Seas should be holding around 4 feet through the week.
On the Beach… Showers, sunshine, light wind, surf 5-7 feet (moderate).
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05/10 Sat 10:06 AM 5.81 H
05/10 Sat 03:48 PM 1.66 L
05/10 Sat 10:15 PM 7.53 H
05/11 Sun 04:49 AM 0.78 L
In Short: Showers, partly cloudy, then clearing and warmer.