Tuesday, May 27th – Lincoln County
Summary: We were definitely on the sunny side of our 50-50 forecast for yesterday, giving residents and visitors a bright, dry Memorial Day. Although there was broken overcast until about 11:00am, the sun broke out for the remainder of the day with just a handful of clouds appearing in time for an exquisitely textured sunset. Northwest winds were 10 mph gusting to 15, and no precipitation was recorded. Scattered clouds drifted by overnight and the mercury fell into the lower-40s. At daybreak, blue sky prevailed with no wind to speak of.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 69F/49F
Depoe Bay: 64F/45F
Forecast: It looks like one more little bump in the road before we get into a dry regime later in the week. A low pressure system is working its way down the coast from the north; there are already some showers coming ashore between Tillamook and the Columbia River this morning. The chance of showers increases today, becoming likely by tonight. High this afternoon 60F or so, and tonight’s low about 50F. There’s also a possibility of some thunderstorms developing over the next couple of days. Showers linger in the likely category tomorrow, high 60F. Outlook is for gradual drying and more sunshine each day beginning Thursday. Warmer temps, too, with highs approaching 65-70F by Friday. Partly to mostly clear skies are predicted for the weekend.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly sunny, a chance of showers and thunderstorms with 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting a chance of showers and highs near 70F. For the Cascades, increasing clouds and a chance of showers. The freezing level is at 6,000 feet, dropping to pass level tomorrow with slush possible on the highways.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 83”, a loss of 3” since yesterday. NRCS has stopped tracking the percent of normal snow pack for the Summer. The Mt. Hood/Deschutes basin ended the 2013-14 season with 79% of average snow pack.
Marine: Benign conditions on local offshore waters this morning with a NNW breeze of 5 knots and seas at 4 feet. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Not much change through tonight; W to NW winds 10 knots or less and seas 4-5 feet, though there is a chance for thunderstorms. Tomorrow, NW winds 10-15 knots with a 5 foot swell and 4 foot wind waves creating choppy seas. Outlook is for a Spring pattern to develop by mid-week. NW winds 15-25 knots, strongest in the afternoons and evenings, and lumpy seas building to 6-9 feet.
On the Beach… Sunshine early, chance of showers, light breeze, 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.
05/27 Tue 12:46 PM 6.72 H
05/27 Tue 05:55 PM 2.36 L
05/28 Wed 12:00 AM 8.90 H
05/28 Wed 06:54 AM -1.32 L
In Short: Increasing clouds, chance of showers, then mixed sky and dry.