WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY

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Weather or Not: Waterspout!

Chris Burns Weather

Wednesday, May 28th – Lincoln County

Summary: A cool and very unstable weather disturbance began rattling our cages late yesterday following mostly sunny skies during the afternoon. Nasty looking black clouds formed and a waterspout was photographed off Gleneden Beach (see photo in story below and read today’s Weather Factoid). Winds were out of the west-southwest 10-15 mph before falling to calm about 7:00pm last night. Serious showers developed after midnight. Rainfall amounts varied widely with the showers; Yachats had almost half an inch, while Depoe Bay recorded only about a tenth. Waldport claimed the high temperature for the day at 67F. This morning, showers continued, the wind was calm and temps dropped to the mid-40s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 65F/48F/0.36”
Depoe Bay: 64F/46F/0.12”
Newport: 61F/45F/0.27”
Waldport: 67F/49F/0.30”
Yachats: 63F/48F/0.46”

Forecast: You’ll still need a raincoat today on your way to the Waldport Wednesday Market at the Community Center. Showers, heavy at times, remain likely with a chance for thunderstorms as well. High about 60F and light west winds, except gusty near the showers. Tonight, we’re down to a slight chance of showers, low of 50F. Tomorrow, look for partly sunny skies with the mercury rising to the low-60s. Outlook is for typical late Spring fair weather; partly to mostly clear, highs 60-65F, and blustery northwest winds from noon to midnight each day.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, a chance of showers and thunderstorms with 55-65F. Valley destinations are expecting a chance of showers and thunderstorms, highs near 65F. For the Cascades, rain and snow showers with the freezing level at 4,500 feet, and slush on the highways passes.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 81”, a loss of 2” since yesterday.

Marine: NW winds are 5-15 knots this morning with seas at 5 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 18 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. While the wind generally should stay about 10-15 knots out of the NW today, isolated thunderstorms may whip up some hefty gusts at times; seas 5-6 feet. Tonight, the threat of thunderstorms declines, seas 5-6 feet and a NW breeze 10-15 knots. Tomorrow, we begin a typical fair-weather pattern for this time of year with northerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20-25 by late afternoon. Outlook is for these conditions to last through the weekend with N to NW winds 15 knots but gusting 20-25 knots in the afternoons and evenings creating choppy, wind-driven seas of 5-8 feet.

On the Beach… Showers, partial clearing, light breeze, 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.
Tides
05/28 Wed 01:32 PM 6.83 H
05/28 Wed 06:38 PM 2.58 L
05/29 Thu 12:38 AM 8.77 H
05/29 Thu 07:33 AM -1.34 L

In Short: Showers and possible thunderstorms, light wind, then mixed sky, breezy and dry.

Weather Factoid: Are waterspouts the same as tornadoes? Yes and no. Waterspouts are actually what are termed ‘cold-core’ tornadoes that form over water. They can develop when cool, unstable air moves over the warmer ocean. Waterspouts have the same basic characteristics as a land tornado, are associated with thunderstorms, and are often accompanied by high winds and seas, hail, and lightning. By the time the funnel is visible, however, a waterspout is already near maturity so it generally doesn’t last very long. Typically, waterspouts dissipate rapidly if they make landfall, and rarely penetrate far inland.

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