Friday, May 8th – Lincoln County
Summary: The breeze was down slightly yesterday, but not by much as afternoon/evening northerlies gusted into the 30s. Skies were mostly sunny, though a few cotton-ball clouds developed again right around sunset. High temperatures for the day came in on target between 55-60F. The wind machine was switched off by midnight and it was calm most of the night allowing some beach haze and patchy fog to develop just before dawn. This morning, clear skies above were undercut by patchy fog, lowering visibility down to a half mile in spots.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 61F/47F/33mph
Depoe Bay: 57F/43F/27mph
Forecast: We’ll probably see a throng of visitors in shorts and flip-flops this weekend, especially tomorrow, when Valley temperatures make a run for the mid-80s while the Central Coast enjoys nearly ideal beach conditions. Today, abundant sunshine is in the cards, highs of 60F or a little better, and northwest winds 10-15 mph gusting 20. Patchy fog, partly cloudy and lows of 45F are expected tonight. Tomorrow, while the Valley sweats, we should be mostly sunny with highs of 60-65F and light northwest winds. Outlook is for a change on Sunday when a minor weather front slides in bringing clouds and a chance of drizzle or showers. Unsettled conditions are predicted through Thursday with showers, sunbreaks and fairly light winds. Temperatures during the period are projected to be slightly below normal with highs of 50-55F and lows of 45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, sunny with 70-75F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 75-80F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light east wind, temps around 80F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the passes this morning, temperatures are 35-45F; sunny with the free air freezing level at 9,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is dry pavement until a chance of showers develops Sunday and Sunday night; the freezing level remains above 7,500 feet so the mountain highways should not be a problem.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 30”; a loss of 2” 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: Seas are lumpy 5 footers at 6 seconds with winds 15-20 knots out of the NNE this morning. Northerlies 15-20 knots gusting 25 are expected today with 4-5 foot windwaves overpowering a 3 foot swell. The breeze eases tonight to N 10-15 knots gusting 20 and seas 4 feet. Tomorrow, N winds 10-15 knots with 3 foot swells at 9 seconds. Outlook is for northerlies 10-20 knots Sunday through Tuesday with mixed swells/windwaves 4-5 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Sunny, 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.
05/08 Fri 10:04 AM -0.78 L
05/08 Fri 04:55 PM 6.51 H
05/08 Fri 10:00 PM 3.08 L
05/09 Sat 03:52 AM 7.68 H
In Short: Clear and windy, then clouds and showers.