Tuesday, May 5th – Lincoln County
Summary: There wasn’t as much sunshine as we’d hoped yesterday, but at least it was dry. Temps climbed to around 60F in the southern section of our area with Yachats recording the local high of 61F. Mostly cloudy skies persisted and winds were light. Holes began appearing in the overcast overnight as a cold front edged its way in creating unstable conditions. The mercury slipped into the 40s. This morning, there were scattered showers on the radar but as of daybreak, only Lincoln City had been doused by one as all the others passed by to the north.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 59F/50F/0.04”
Depoe Bay: 55F/49F/<0.01” Newport: 55F/46F/<0.01” Waldport: 60F/49F/<0.01” Yachats: 61F/48F/<0.01” [caption id="attachment_133136" align="aligncenter" width="975"] Click ad for details[/caption]
Forecast: There could be some damp piñatas for today’s Cinco de Mayo parties, but showers along the Central Coast are widely scattered and might miss your place entirely. Sun, clouds, showers and light west winds are all feasible in the fiesta mix today. The thermometer is expected to rise to 50-55F, so it’ll be a touch cooler than recent days. Tonight and tomorrow, scattered showers remain possible with a low of 45F and a high near 55F. Outlook is for a return to mostly sunny skies and northwest winds Thursday through Saturday with highs of 60-65F, and then a chance of showers and cooler again Sunday and Monday.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, scattered showers with 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting a 50-50 chance of showers and a high of 60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, possible thunderstorms, light west winds, temps near 60F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on the passes this morning, temperatures are right at 32F; scattered rain and snow showers increasing with the snow level at 4,000 feet. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 28”; a loss of 2” since yesterday; an overall loss of 12” in the past seven days; 89” less than this date last year; 91% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
Marine: The breeze is light westerly this morning 5-10 knots and seas are running 8 feet at 14 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect through this afternoon. Swells of 9 feet at 12 seconds are expected today along with W winds 10-15 knots gusting 20. Tonight, the wind veers to NW 5-10 knots and swells drop slightly to 8 feet at 10 seconds. NW winds continue tomorrow, 10-15 knots, and seas subside to around 6 feet. Outlook is for mainly nor’westers 5-15 knots, gusting 20-25 afternoons and evenings, with swells 5 feet Thursday through Saturday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Sun and clouds, chance of showers, light breeze, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
05/05 Tue 07:57 AM -0.80 L
05/05 Tue 02:32 PM 6.76 H
05/05 Tue 07:44 PM 2.48 L
05/06 Wed 01:44 AM 8.36 H
In Short: Mixed sky, light winds, scattered showers, then clearing.