Sunday, Apr. 26th – Lincoln County
Summary: It just doesn’t get much better than yesterday. Visitors, who left the showery Valley and made it over to the sunshine coast, relished a real beaut. A couple of lingering showers drifted through early in the morning but then skies cleared with tons ‘o Sun the rest of the day. Temperatures were not out of the ordinary; Lincoln City and Yachats both hit 60F for the highest locally. What made it especially pleasant was the lack of wind as light nor’westers couldn’t spin the anemometers much past 10 mph. Some clouds at the horizon doused the sunset and sky cover varied through the night with lows in the 40s. At dawn, under cloudy skies and light east winds, we kicked off a full 14 hours of daylight today and we’re still gaining 2 minutes 45 seconds a day.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 60F/45F
Depoe Bay: 55F/42F
Forecast: Today won’t be like yesterday, but just how different it’ll be is still up in the air, so to speak. Mixed messages are being spit out of weather computers and the mouths of meteorologists concerning the chances of rain. Estimates ranging from 20% to 90% have been rendered this morning, so it’s anybody’s guess how wet we’ll get. It does look like skies will be mostly cloudy, the thermometer should hit 60F and winds will be moderate southerlies. A slight chance of rain is predicted for tonight, lows around 45F. Tomorrow, we’re back on the Sun Train with the boiler good and warm as highs reach 65F; Lincoln City may hit 70F with Cascade Head blocking the afternoon sea breeze. Outlook is for showers likely again on Tuesday, and then unsettled conditions serve-up a potpourri of sunshine, clouds and showers the rest of the week. Seasonal mercury readings between 45F and 60F are projected.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly cloudy, chance of rain with 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting overcast, a chance of rain and highs of 65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for cloudy skies, a chance of rain, light west wind, temps near 65F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on the passes this morning, temperatures are 25-30F; a slight chance of rain and snow showers today with the snow level at 3,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers tonight is a mix of wet and dry pavement at all elevations with the snow level rising above the Cascade highways to 7,500 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 47”; a gain of 5” since yesterday; no overall change in the past seven days; 82” less than this date last year; 88% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
Marine: The front we were expecting is now coming into local waters and S winds are up to 15-20 knots at Stonewall Bank this morning with choppy seas at 5 feet. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from noon through this evening. Southerlies rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25 today with 5 foot swells and 3 foot windwaves. Tonight, the breeze eases to S 10-15 knots, falling light after midnight, and swells around 6 feet. A fairly stagnant day is on tap for tomorrow with SE winds 5 knots and seas 6 feet. Outlook is for another front to arrive on Tuesday with sou’westers 10-15 knots gusting 20 and swells 6 feet building to 8 feet. Wednesday and Thursday, WNW winds 10-15 knots, swells 8-9 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mainly overcast, possible showers, breezy, 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.
04/26 Sun 06:48 AM 6.26 H
04/26 Sun 01:38 PM 0.79 L
04/26 Sun 08:37 PM 6.47 H
04/27 Mon 02:25 AM 2.88 L
In Short: Mostly cloudy, chance of showers, moderate winds, dry and warm, then unsettled.