Thursday, Apr. 30th – Lincoln County
Summary: The last of the showers from Tuesday’s weather system cleared out early yesterday morning, skies cleared and the on-again, off-again Spring sunshine was on-again. The mercury rose into the upper-50s and low-60s with Lincoln City claiming the warmest spot at 63F. Northwest winds blew throughout the afternoon but never attained much more than a few gusts in the low-teens. Daylight ended with the hiss of an unobstructed Sun slipping into the western ocean horizon, and the sky remained clear most of the night. Low temps slumped into the 40s and patchy fog developed early this morning. At dawn, there was bountiful blue above some foggy spots and beach haze with a light east-northeast breeze.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 63F/47F
Depoe Bay: 58F/42F
Forecast: Okay, here’s the deal. You’ll have to make a trade-off for the sunshine – it’s gonna be windy. While skies will be sunny today, expect the northerly wind to ramp-up to 10-20 mph gusting 25-30 this afternoon and evening. The thermometer should climb to near 60F. The breeze eases late tonight under mostly clear skies and lows drop to 45F or so. Tomorrow, it’ll be partly cloudy after morning fog with blustery conditions again, highs 55-60F. Outlook is for mainly clear skies and north-windy all weekend and into Monday; highs around 60F and lows of 45F. Then, the deal’s off as a weak weather system impacts the Central Coast on Tuesday, shutting down the north wind and generating a chance of showers lasting through Wednesday.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, patchy fog early, then sunny with 60-70F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine after morning fog and a high of 70F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light west wind, temps near 70F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on the passes this morning, temperatures are 25-30F; mostly sunny, the free air freezing level is 9,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 38”; a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 1” in the past seven days; 92” less than this date last year; 89% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
Marine: N winds are blowing 10-15 knots with some higher gusts offshore this morning and seas have come down a little to 7-8 feet at 11 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from 2:00pm this afternoon through late tonight. N winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 today increasing to 20-25 knots by evening, choppy seas 6 feet at 10 seconds. Tomorrow, N winds 15-20 knots, windwaves 4 feet atop 6 foot swells. Outlook is for northerlies 20-25 knots gusting 30 Friday night through Saturday night with combined lumpy seas 6-7 feet. NNW winds Sunday and Monday 10-20 knots with swells holding at 6-7 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Sunny, breezy, surf 5-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/30 Thu 11:03 AM 6.25 H
04/30 Thu 04:50 PM 1.51 L
04/30 Thu 11:10 PM 7.54 H
05/01 Fri 05:35 AM 0.70 L
In Short: Clear, windy, then patchy fog, morning clouds, sunshine and windy.