Monday, May 4th – Lincoln County
Summary: You could tell early in the day that the north winds would be lighter. Sure, they came up yesterday around noon as usual, but not with the force of the past few days. Peak gusts were in the low-20s which was down 10-15 mph from Saturday and Sunday. Sunshine and thermometer readings of 55-60F made for an overall pleasant day. Fortunately, clouds from an approaching front held off long enough after sunset for a killer moonrise; atmospheric conditions were just right to make the deep-orange Full Flower Moon appear about twice its actual size. And then it was gone as overcast filled in and held sway all night; lows dipped to 45-50F. This morning, low clouds covered the sky and winds were light out of the west.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 60F/52F
Depoe Bay: 54F/48F
Forecast: The current change in our weather pattern is like slipping on a windbreaker – low pressure approaching from offshore has shut down the blustery north wind machine. A light breeze from the west-southwest is projected for today along with mostly cloudy skies and a high around 55F. Tonight, look for a 50-50 chance of showers, light winds and a low of 45F. Showers are likely tomorrow, maybe a thunderstorm, too, and cooler with the mercury rising to just above 50F. Outlook is for lingering showers Wednesday, a return to clear and breezy Thursday through Saturday, followed by the possibility of another weak weather system arriving on Sunday. Seasonal temps throughout.
Travel: Construction of a new fish passage culvert and restoration of the natural tidal flows in Fraser Creek north of Lincoln City will result in a traffic diversion around the worksite and a speed limit reduction. Beginning today, both lanes of Highway 101 will be diverted around the construction area near 101’s junction with Highway 18 (Milepost 104). The diversion and reduced speed of 45 mph will remain in effect until mid-July.
In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy with 55-65F. Valley destinations are expecting mostly sunny and highs of 65-70F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, west winds gusting 20 mph, temps near 70F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the passes this morning, temperatures are 40-45F; mostly sunny, the free air freezing level is 10,000 feet. A Special Weather Statement has been issued for the Cascades for a 50-50 chance of snow showers down to highway pass level tonight through Wednesday night. Snow accumulations may cause wintry driving conditions during this period. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 30”; a loss of 2” since yesterday; an overall loss of 15” in the past seven days; 86” less than this date last year; 90% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
Marine: The strong northerlies have faded and we’re down to NW winds 5-10 knots this morning with seas 5 feet at 9 seconds. However, a Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas goes into effect late tonight and runs through Tuesday evening. Today, W winds 5-10 knots backing to SW 10-15 knots this afternoon with seas 4-6 feet at 10-12 seconds. A mish-mash of swells affects local waters tonight and tomorrow creating hazardous seas; one swell is W 7 feet at 14 seconds, another is S 4 feet at 20 seconds, plus windwaves of 3-4 feet on top. WSW winds 5-15 knots are expected. Outlook is for a return to nor’westers 5-15 knots gusting 20 Wednesday through Friday with swells subsiding to 3-5 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, light breeze, 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.
05/04 Mon 07:20 AM -0.57 L
05/04 Mon 01:50 PM 6.77 H
05/04 Mon 07:08 PM 2.25 L
05/05 Tue 01:10 AM 8.36 H
In Short: Mixed sky, light winds, cloudy, showers, then sunny and breezy.