Friday, May 23rd – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday was literally half and half. We had clear skies and sunshine until noon and then the clouds started rolling in becoming completely overcast by dinner time. Afternoon northwest winds were 10-15 mph and temps topped out around 60F. The cloud cover thickened through the late evening, it was foggy by midnight and mist filled the air shortly after. This morning, the wind was calm, lows were in the low-50s, overcast skies, misty and totally socked-in with fog. Visibility was down to a quarter mile or less. On the bright side, the period of daylight continues to increase – we have 15 hours between sunrise and sunset today.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 64F/57F
Depoe Bay: 62F/51F
Forecast: Mixed weather is ahead for Memorial Day weekend with everything from rain to sunshine. Today and late Sunday appear to have the greatest chances for showers or light rain, with Saturday and Monday affording the best shot at sunshine. Highs over the three-day holiday should be 60-65F and lows bottom out around 50F. Not much wind is predicted, except for Sunday when an arriving weather front may kick it up a notch to southwest 15-20 mph gusting to 25. Outlook for the rest of next week is a chance of showers, partly sunny at times and seasonal temperatures.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, fog and a chance of showers with 60-70F. Valley destinations are expecting a chance of showers and highs of 70-75F. For the Cascades, cloudy skies and a chance of showers with the freezing level at 8,000 feet. Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is for varying wet and dry pavement, and heavier than normal traffic on all highways.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 92”, a loss of 4” since yesterday, or 79% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Mt Bachelor 0/70/Spring
Marine: Light wind this morning, W 5-10 knots offshore and S 5 knots near shore; seas are down to 4 feet and it’s foggy. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. So, except for low visibility in the fog, it looks like a decent day for halibut fishing during this second day of the current three-day sportfishing opener. A short-lived change is predicted later today as winds back to SW briefly with the passage of a weak front then veer to NW by this afternoon. Nothing much above 15 knots expected, and wave heights should stay at 4-5 feet. Tonight, a northerly breeze 10-15 knots gusting 20, seas 5 feet. N winds tomorrow 10-15 knots with a 4 foot swell. Outlook is for a stronger weather system to penetrate local waters Sunday and Sunday night packing southerlies of 20-25 knots and seas of 5-8 feet. Monday and Tuesday, lighter W winds of 10-15 knots with the swell running about 6 feet.
On the Beach… Cloudy, fog, showers, light wind, surf 4-5 feet (low).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
05/23 Fri 08:37 AM 6.12 H
05/23 Fri 02:31 PM 0.94 L
05/23 Fri 09:10 PM 8.22 H
05/24 Sat 03:46 AM 0.56 L
In Short: Chance of showers, mostly cloudy, then mixed conditions.