Saturday, May 9th – Lincoln County
Summary: The north winds were much lighter yesterday, with gusts topping out in the low-20s between 3:00pm and 7:00pm. High temperatures rose to predictions near 60F, with Lincoln City scoring the warm spot at 65F. Sunshine was the rule of the day, except along the beaches and headlands where some light fog occasionally gauzed the air like a Summer afternoon. An exquisite sunset was followed by mainly clear skies overnight, but just prior to dawn the dew point dropped allowing fog and low clouds to form. This morning, the white stuff was slowly evaporating, the Sun was trying to burn through and there was no wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 65F/51F
Depoe Bay: 58F/46F
Forecast: Today should be decent for celebrating International Migratory Bird Day with family fun, guided bird walks and talks at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, the Beaver Creek Natural Area, Hatfield Marine Science Center, at Beverly Beach State Park and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Look for a mix of sunshine and clouds, highs of 60-65F along with light north winds. The weather begins an overall change tonight as mostly cloudy skies develop and lows dip to 45F. Tomorrow, the transition into an overcast and showery mode congeals, but only a slight chance of drizzle is expected; highs of 55-60F. Outlook is for showers likely all week, mainly cloudy but some sunbreaks, too, and cooler mercury readings with highs stopping around 55F and lows of 45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, sunny with 70-80F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 80-85F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light east wind, temps around 85F. 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 in the Valley and Gorge, but a chance of showers develops Sunday and Sunday night in the Coast Range and Cascades; the freezing level remains above 7,500 feet so the mountain highways could be wet, but not icy.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 27”; a loss of 3” since yesterday; an overall loss of 7” 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: Fog is the issue this morning as it is fairly thick in spots, but winds are down to N 10 knots and seas have faded to 3 feet at 6 seconds. For the rest of today, NNW winds 5-15 knots gusting 20 this afternoon with mixed swells/windwaves around 3 feet. Tonight, northerlies 5-10 knots and swells rising to 5 feet. NW winds are predicted again for tomorrow, 5-15 knots gusting 20 in the afternoon, swells 5 feet at 9 seconds. Outlook is for NW winds 10-15 knots with 5-7 foot swells Monday through Wednesday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Fog, some sunshine, less breezy, surf 3 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
05/09 Sat 10:54 AM -0.57 L
05/09 Sat 05:51 PM 6.52 H
05/09 Sat 11:04 PM 3.12 L
05/10 Sun 04:50 AM 7.23 H
In Short: Clearing, light winds, then cloudy with showers.