Thursday, May 7th – Lincoln County
Summary: A broad range of high temperatures and a healthy blast of north wind sum up yesterday’s weather. Lincoln City had the warmest thermometer reading and the strongest wind gust, while Newport was the coolest and Yachats recorded the least wind. Skies were sunny most of the day with a handful of scudding puffy white clouds racing overhead in the northerly breeze around sunset. Those dissipated as the wind faded just before midnight, then starshine and a waning crescent Moon ruled the night. Low temps stayed in the seasonal 40s. At daybreak, there was some patchy fog and broken low overcast with no wind inland, but a breeze along the beach.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 61F/49F/33mph
Depoe Bay: 55F/45F/27mph
Forecast: The vacillating rhythm of a few sunny and windy days alternating with cloudy and showery days appears to be on tap for the next week or better. Sunshine today, highs around 60F and lotsa north wind with gusts into the 30s again. Clear skies tonight, low of 45F. More sun tomorrow, maybe a little less breeze, and 60F. Outlook is for mostly sunny Saturday, then the rhythm swings back to mostly cloudy and some drizzle possible on Sunday, a chance of showers Monday through Wednesday, followed by more clearing and windy conditions.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny with 60-70F. Valley destinations are expecting sunny skies and a high of 70F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunshine, light west winds, temps 70-75F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice in the passes this morning, temperatures are 30-35F; partly cloudy with the free air freezing level at 6,500 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 32”; a gain of 4” since yesterday; an overall loss of 6” in the past seven days; 86” 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 northerlies have settled down a little from yesterday’s blow, but they’re still 15-20 knots this morning with choppy seas 5 feet at 7 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect from 2:00pm this afternoon through late tonight for N winds rising to 15-25 knots gusting 30. Seas will be mixed swells/windwaves 4-5 feet at 8 seconds or less. Tomorrow, northerlies 15 knots gusting 20 with seas holding around 4 feet. Outlook is for N winds 15-20 knots Saturday and Sunday with swells 4-5 feet building to 7 feet by Monday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Sunny, very breezy, surf 3-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
05/07 Thu 09:18 AM -0.90 L
05/07 Thu 04:03 PM 6.58 H
05/07 Thu 09:08 PM 2.93 L
05/08 Fri 03:03 AM 8.03 H
In Short: Clear and windy, then clouds and showers.