Tuesday, May 20th – Lincoln County
Summary: The last of the lingering showers exited the Central Coast early yesterday, leaving behind a trace of precipitation. The clouds thinned through the morning and early afternoon; by 3:00pm we had full-on sunshine. Temperatures toyed with the mid-60s and northwest winds were 10-15 mph gusting to 25. The breeze faded in time for a sunset beach walk and it was dead calm by midnight. Clear skies prevailed overnight allowing the planets, stars and waning gibbous moon to create a brilliantly studded canopy. Low temps came in around 50F.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 66F/50F/No measureable
Depoe Bay: 63F/50F/0.04”
Waldport: 63F/49F/No measureable
Forecast: A classic Spring motif will dominate our weather for the entire week. Under this scenario, we usually have night and morning low clouds with mostly sunny days and seasonal temperatures. Northwest winds become an issue in the late afternoons and evenings. Today, the marine clouds are banked up just offshore but should dissipate, leaving us under sunny skies and highs around 60F. Northwest winds of 15-20 mph with possible gusts to 30 are projected. A good place to duck out of the wind is on the Newport Bayfront where you can tour the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain from 4:00-5:00pm. The marine cloud layer is expected to return tonight with lows around 50F and a dwindling breeze. Mostly sunny again tomorrow, high in the low-60s and northwest winds 10-15 mph. Outlook is for mostly sunny Thursday and Friday with temps up to 65F or a bit higher and much lighter winds.
Memorial Day Weekend… Partly to mostly sunny, slight chance of showers, highs of 60-65F, lows around 50F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy with 65-70F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 70-75F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy skies with the freezing level at 9,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 100”, a loss of 2” since yesterday, or 79% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Mt Bachelor 0/77/Spring
Marine: It’s breezy on the ocean this morning with N winds 15-20 knots, though seas are holding at about 6 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory goes into effect this afternoon and runs through tonight for N wind rising to 20-25 knots with choppy 6 foot wind waves. The breeze and seas ease late tonight; 15-20 knots of N wind and wind waves subsiding to 4 feet. Tomorrow N wind 10-15 knots gusting to 20 with a 3 foot chop. Outlook is for N wind 10-15 knots Thursday, seas 3 feet. Friday and Saturday, a light NW breeze 5-10 knots with a swell of 5-6 feet.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, breezy, 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.
05/20 Tue 11:35 AM -0.68 L
05/20 Tue 06:30 PM 7.25 H
05/21 Wed 12:13 AM 2.50 L
05/21 Wed 05:55 AM 6.86 H
In Short: Mostly clear, windy, night/morning clouds, then partly cloudy and seasonal.