Wednesday, Apr. 29th – Lincoln County
Summary: In the words of Monty Python, “And now for something completely different.” Yesterday’s cool and wet weather was nothing at all akin to Monday’s Summer stunner. Tuesday rainfall totals weren’t exceedingly high, but the light drizzle and heavy mist were soaking. Waldport collected the most precipitation and Depoe Bay the least. North-northwest winds blew 15-20 mph and top temps cooled to the mid-50s. Most of the wet stuff was gone by afternoon and skies were clearing already before sunset. Scattered clouds and beach haze gauzed the evening and overnight period; temps dipped to the low-40s. At daybreak, skies were mostly cloudy with a typical early morning land breeze out of the east.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 59F/46F/0.11”
Depoe Bay: 55F/43F/0.05”
Forecast: The mist in the crystal ball is vanishing and it looks like rain is kaput for the next week or so. The tail-end of yesterday’s disturbance is slowly drifting off to the east and we begin springing back to a drier and clearer regime. Today, there’ll still be a few clouds around, the thermometer climbs to about 55F and winds should be light. Tonight, partly cloudy skies are expected with lows of 40-45F. A Spring fair-weather pattern ensues tomorrow with sunshine, gusty north winds in the afternoon and evening, lows of 45F and highs of 55-60F. Outlook is for little change in this set-up through the weekend and on into Monday. The next chance of rain comes Tuesday or Wednesday next week.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly sunny with 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting partly sunny and highs of 60-65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies, light west wind, temps near 65F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on the passes this morning, temperatures are 30-35F; slight chance of snow showers early then partly cloudy, the snow level is 3,500 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 39”; a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 2” in the past seven days; 96” less than this date last year; 88% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
Marine: Seas are still up around 9-10 feet at 11 seconds this morning but the breeze has fallen light and variable. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect until 11:00am this morning. Westerly winds 5-10 knots are expected today and seas subside to 8 feet at 12 seconds by this afternoon. Tonight, NW winds 5-10 knots gusting 15, swells holding at 8 feet. For tomorrow, look for N winds rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25 in the afternoon and seas about 7 feet. Outlook is for Summer-like conditions with afternoon and evening northerlies 20-25 knots and choppy 6-8 foot seas Friday through Sunday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Clouds and sunshine, surf 8-9 feet (moderate).
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04/29 Wed 10:12 AM 6.07 H
04/29 Wed 04:11 PM 1.36 L
04/29 Wed 10:39 PM 7.24 H
04/30 Thu 04:58 AM 1.25 L
In Short: Mixed sky, light breeze, then clearing and windy.