Saturday, May 2nd – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday brought another sunny and blustery fair-weather gale with northerly winds topping 30 mph; Lincoln City had the peak gust at 38 mph, but Newport and Waldport weren’t far behind. The thermometer worked its way up to 55-60F and no precipitation was recorded. As predicted, the wind did not shut down after sunset as it normally does but continued gusting well into the 20s through much of the night. This morning there was some patchy fog and beach haze, and the breeze finally fell light just before sunrise.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 60F/50F/38mph
Depoe Bay: 56F/48F/30mph
Forecast: The parade of sunny days continues for the 2015 Loyalty Days Parade in Newport today (see Travel below). Though high temperatures will be around 60F, the north wind starts ramping-up again by noon and blows 10-15 mph gusting 20-25 all afternoon and into this evening. Clear skies are expected overnight with lows of 45F. Tomorrow, look for another entrant in the sunshine parade and the mercury cruising up to 60F. Outlook is for a weather system coming in on Monday bearing increasing clouds and a chance of showers by evening. Rain is likely on Tuesday, a chance of showers Wednesday and Thursday, then back to dry and sunny on Friday. Seasonal temperatures between 45F and 60F are predicted throughout the period.
Travel: Highway 101 in Newport from Walmart (NW 25th Street) to the National Guard Armory (SW Fall Street) will be closed for the Loyalty Days Parade today from just before noon to about 1:30pm; use an alternate route. 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, light west wind, temps near 70F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the passes this morning, temperatures are near 40F; sunny, the free air freezing level is 10,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mainly clear skies with dry roads at all elevations through Sunday night.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 34”; a loss of 2” since yesterday; an overall loss of 13” in the past seven days; 85” 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 north wind is still strong this morning, blowing 15-20 knots on the Newport South Jetty and 20-25 knots out at the Rockpile; seas are lumpy 8 footers at 11 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds remains in effect through late tonight. Expect northerlies 20-25 knots gusting 30 today and up to 35 knots tonight with choppy seas 7-9 feet at 10-11 seconds. The breeze eases a little tomorrow to N 15-20 knots gusting 25 and swells subside to 6 feet. Outlook is for light northerlies Monday, 5-10 knots, backing to the W in the afternoon, swells 3-4 feet. WNW winds Tuesday and Wednesday at 10-15 knots with swells rising to 8-10 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, very breezy, surf 8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
05/02 Sat 06:11 AM 0.19 L
05/02 Sat 12:29 PM 6.60 H
05/02 Sat 06:00 PM 1.84 L
05/03 Sun 12:08 AM 8.07 H
In Short: Mainly clear and windy, then increasing clouds.