Sunday, May 3rd – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday was bright and sunny, the mercury rose to about 55F, but the fair weather gale persisted with north winds blasting into the 30s; Lincoln City recorded the peak local gust of 37 mph. In typical fashion, the breeze built quickly around noon and blustered its way through sunset, finally falling dead calm at midnight. Skies were clear for most of the night until about 3:00am this morning when some patchy fog and beach haze developed; lows dropped mainly to the 40s, though Newport dipped to 37F for the coldest spot. At dawn, blue was the prevalent color overhead and there was no wind to speak of.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 59F/47F/37mph
Depoe Bay: 55F/45F/32mph
Forecast: There should be less wind today. The latest projections show 10-15 mph gusting 20-25 for the Lincoln City Farmers Market’s first outdoor set-up of the season on the lawn of the Cultural Center. Expect sunshine and a high of 60F. Partly cloudy skies tonight will allow decent viewing of the Full Flower Moon at 10:42pm. (This Full Moon coincides with May’s abundant blooming flowers. It is also sometimes called the Full Corn Planting Moon, or the Full Milk Moon.) Tomorrow, a change begins as a weather system approaches, filling the sky with clouds. The thermometer rises to 55F and winds are projected to be light out of the southwest. Outlook is for a 50-50 chance of showers Monday night until Wednesday night, and then it’s back to mostly sunny and breezy Thursday through Saturday. Temperatures remain seasonal with lows of 45F and highs of 55-60F all week.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny with 65-75F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 70-75F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light east wind, temps near 70F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the passes this morning, temperatures are about 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 tonight.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 32”; a loss of 2” since yesterday; an overall loss of 15” in the past seven days; 84” less than this date last year; 90% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
Marine: Light and variable winds nearshore this morning, but northerlies are still blowing 15-20 knots offshore with seas 9 feet at 12 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this evening. N winds 20-25 knots today, easing to 15-20 knots this evening and then to 10-15 knots after midnight with the swell falling to 6 feet at 10 seconds. Tomorrow, look for light NW winds backing to SW 10-15 knots by afternoon and mixed swells around 4 feet. Outlook is for westerlies 10-15 knots on Tuesday, and then back to fair weather N winds 15-20 knots and swells 5-6 feet Wednesday and Thursday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, breezy, surf 6-7 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
05/03 Sun 06:45 AM -0.23 L
05/03 Sun 01:10 PM 6.72 H
05/03 Sun 06:34 PM 2.04 L
05/04 Mon 12:38 AM 8.25 H
In Short: Mainly clear and windy, then increasing clouds and showers.