Friday, May 1st – Lincoln County
Summary: As predicted, the north wind really ramped-up after lunch yesterday generating gusts into the 30s; Waldport took the cake with a blast of 40 mph. In typical fair-weather fashion, the breeze came on about noon, increased steadily through late afternoon and then faded following sunset. The thermometer topped out in the upper-50s and no precipitation was recorded. The wind was light, in fact dead calm, most of the night under clear skies and low temps in the 40s. Some beach haze and patchy fog developed around daybreak and the breeze was negligible out of the east.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 59F/48F/32mph
Depoe Bay: 57F/44F/26mph
Forecast: This is the one day of the year that you can broadcast the words May Day without the Coast Guard launching its helo. May Day events go back to Roman times when this date was an occasion to celebrate the plethora of blooming Spring flowers. Central Coast flora will be bursting with color today as mostly sunny skies are expected, though it’ll be quite breezy again with northerlies 15-20 mph gusting 25-30, strongest on the beaches and headlands, and high temps reach 55-60F. Instead of fading tonight as it usually does, the wind may actually pick up a little under partly cloudy skies with a low of 40-45F. Tomorrow, the breeze is projected to be fairly strong again, gusting 25-plus, but there should be abundant sunshine with highs near 60F. Outlook is for mostly sunny and lighter winds on Sunday, increasing clouds Monday, then rain possible on Tuesday with a chance of showers lingering into Wednesday and Thursday.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny with 60-70F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and a high of 70F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, west winds gusting 25 mph, temps near 70F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the passes this morning, temperatures are 35-45F; partly cloudy, the free air freezing level is 10,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is partly cloudy skies with bare pavement at all elevations through Sunday night.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 36”; a loss of 2” since yesterday; an overall loss of 6” in the past seven days; 87” less than this date last year; 89% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
Marine: The breeze is northerly 15-20 knots this morning with seas 7 feet at 10 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from 2:00pm this afternoon through tomorrow evening. N winds rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30 this afternoon and continuing at that strength through tomorrow night with choppy seas 7-9 feet at 10-11 seconds. Outlook is for slight easing on Sunday to N 15-20 knots gusting 25 and seas 7 feet at 11 seconds. Westerlies Monday and Tuesday 10-15 knots as a front arrives; seas remaining 7-10 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, very breezy, surf 5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
05/01 Fri 11:48 AM 6.44 H
05/01 Fri 05:25 PM 1.66 L
05/01 Fri 11:39 PM 7.82 H
05/02 Sat 06:11 AM 0.19 L
In Short: Mainly clear and windy.