Thursday, May 22nd – Lincoln County
Summary: As anticipated, yesterday was almost a clone of Tuesday with similar sky conditions, temps and breeze. Northwest winds blew 15-25 mph from late morning into early evening. Kite surfers and others who like a lot of wind got it. Lincoln City had the strongest gust at 30 mph, and also claimed the highest temperature at 64F. No rain was recorded. On the heels of an elegant sunset, skies remained clear overnight and the mercury fell to around 50F. This morning, the waning crescent moon graced the southeast sky and the wind was calm which allowed a heavy coat of dew to form.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 64F/50F
Depoe Bay: 61F/48F
Forecast: Today will be more of an older sibling than a twin of Wednesday. Temperatures should be a little higher, in the upper-60s (the record for today was 75F in 2001). Northwest winds ought to be somewhat lower at 5-15 mph, and by the end of the day some clouds are expected in advance of an approaching minor weather disturbance. This evening, if you’re headed to the Wave Energy Open House at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, anticipate thickening clouds. Tonight’s low around 55F. Tomorrow, look for mostly cloudy skies, highs of 60-65F, a fairly light breeze and a chance of showers.
Memorial Day Weekend… Partly to mostly cloudy, chance of showers, highs 60-65F, lows around 50F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy with 70-80F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 80F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy skies with the freezing level at 11,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 96”, a loss of 2” since yesterday, or 79% of normal. Weekly snow total, -16”; difference from last year, +31”. These statistics are for the Hood/Deschutes snow basin. Other basins include Willamette at 55% of normal; Rogue at 32%; and Klamath at just 17%.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Mt Bachelor 0/73/Spring
Marine: Winds are out of the NNE 10-15 knots this morning at Stonewall Bank, but it’s nearly calm close to shore, and seas are running about 5 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. The northerly winds are not expected to be quite as strong today as the past couple of days, but gusts to 20 knots are still probable this afternoon with a 3 foot wind chop. Tonight, similar conditions prevail. A change for tomorrow as the breeze backs to SW 5-10 knots early and then veers to NW by afternoon, wave heights 5-7 feet. Outlook is for NW winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 on Saturday, seas 5 feet. A front arrives Sunday with SW winds 15-20 knots and swells rising to 6 feet. Monday, W wind 10-15 knots, seas 6-8 feet.
On the Beach… Sunshine and clouds, breezy, surf 2-4 feet (low).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
05/22 Thu 07:15 AM 6.35 H
05/22 Thu 01:32 PM 0.43 L
05/22 Thu 08:20 PM 7.85 H
05/23 Fri 02:43 AM 1.34 L
In Short: Mostly sunny, warmer, then increasing clouds and a chance of showers.