Saturday, May 24th – Lincoln County
Summary: Visitors who made their way to our area for coastal weather yesterday got their wish (and didn’t have to boil their drinking water). A gray day with fog, mist, showers and periods of light rain was just right for settling down with a good book. Adventurous types out for a stroll on the beach or a hike on the headlands had light westerly winds of 5-10 mph with occasional higher gusts. It was damp but not a soaker as precipitation amounts stayed below a quarter inch, and the thermometer rose to about 60F. The last of the measureable rainfall was recorded about 10:30pm last night, the wind went calm and skies remained overcast. Calm and mostly cloudy conditions opened our Saturday morning with lows around 50F.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 61F/53F/0.23”
Depoe Bay: 61F/52F/0.09”
Forecast: We’re going to shoot for some sunbreaks today and no rain with highs around 65F. So, it should be dry for the outdoor Newport Farmer’s Market, and for the volunteers whacking Scotch broom at South Beach State Park. Northwest winds may ramp up as strong as 20 mph by this afternoon. The atmosphere remains aimless and is expected to continue that way through the holiday weekend. Tonight, mostly cloudy skies, low of 50F. Tomorrow we’re back to a chance of showers by afternoon, light winds and a high of 60F. Outlook is for a 50-50 chance of showers Sunday night and Monday, though it will also be partly sunny at times. A threat of showers continues throughout the workweek ahead with seasonal temps.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly cloudy with 65-70F. Valley destinations are expecting mostly cloudy early turning to mostly sunny this afternoon and highs of 70-75F. For the Cascades, mostly to partly cloudy skies 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 90”, a loss of 2” since yesterday, or 79% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Mt Bachelor 0/66/Spring
Marine: Lots of sport boats got out fishing yesterday, and today’s conditions should be reasonable, too. Winds offshore this morning are out of the NNW about 10 knots and seas are less than 5 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. NW winds are predicted to be 10-15 knots today with a 5 foot swell and 2 foot chop. The same conditions are expected tonight. Tomorrow, a weakening weather front is forecast to arrive causing a shift to SW winds 10-15 knots with possible gusts to 20 and 4 foot wave heights. Outlook is for NW winds 10-20 knots and seas 5-6 feet Monday through Wednesday. NOTE: Yaquina River Buoy 30 has been reset on station. If you fish north and south of the Central Coast, be advised that the US Coast Guard is proposing to disestablish Chetco River Approach Lighted Whistle Buoy “CR” (LLNR 565-8595) and the Tillamook Bay Approach Lighted Whistle Buoy “T” (LLNR 680-9810) as they are no longer considered necessary for safe navigation of the waterways.
On the Beach… Partly sunny, breezy late, 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.
05/24 Sat 09:52 AM 6.15 H
05/24 Sat 03:28 PM 1.39 L
05/24 Sat 09:56 PM 8.54 H
05/25 Sun 04:40 AM -0.16 L
In Short: Mixed clouds and partial clearing, then showers.