Sunday, May 10th – Lincoln County
Summary: It was a sunshine sandwich yesterday as we started off foggy and cloudy, the Sun broke out for the midday period, and then overcast skies returned around dusk. The thermometer was able to reach readings near 60F and the afternoon northwest wind held its horses at 10-20 mph, riding off into the sunset and reining itself in to dead calm by midnight. Overcast continued through the night with a couple of short starbreaks and lows stayed in the upper-40s. At dawn, there was a solid gray canopy overhead, some patchy fog and no wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 63F/51F
Depoe Bay: 56F/48F
Forecast: On this Mother’s Day, we’re reminded that Mother Nature, like our own moms, always knows best. Try as we might, out-guessing her is a tough proposition. In that vein, Mother is giving us a week of unstable weather (meteorologist-speak for ‘I dunno’). It starts today with mostly cloudy skies, a chance of some light rain or drizzle, northwest winds 10-15 mph gusting 20 and highs of 55-60F. Showers are feasible tonight, breezy, with lows of 45-50F. The chance of showers increases tomorrow, a tenth of an inch of rain is feasible, highs near 55F. Mother’s apparent strategy is for Tuesday to be the wettest day with maybe a quarter inch of precipitation falling from occasional showers, followed by a chance of showers and sunbreaks continuing through Saturday.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly cloudy, chance of rain with 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting partly sunny and a high of 75F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, light west wind, temps around 75F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the passes this morning, temperatures are 40-45F; partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms, the snow level is 7,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is possible wet pavement tonight as showers develop, the snow level rising to 8,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 25”; a loss of 2” since yesterday; an overall loss of 7” in the past seven days; 100” less than this date last year; over 90% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
Marine: The breeze is variable 5-10 knots this morning, coming out of the S nearshore and NNW offshore; seas are 4 feet at 10 seconds. Mainly NW winds are projected for today, 5-10 knots, rising to 10-15 knots this afternoon with gusts to 20 knots tonight and holding near 10-15 knots tomorrow; swells 3-4 feet at 10-11 seconds. Outlook is for light nor’westers 5-10 knots Tuesday through Thursday with swells building from 5 feet to 7 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Patchy fog, mostly cloudy, light breeze, surf 3 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
05/10 Sun 11:50 AM -0.30 L
05/10 Sun 06:50 PM 6.70 H
05/11 Mon 12:19 AM 2.93 L
05/11 Mon 06:01 AM 6.79 H
In Short: Mainly overcast, light winds, then cloudy with showers.