Tuesday, May 12th – Lincoln County
Summary: We made it from dawn to dusk dry with plenty of sunshine yesterday. The southerly sagging section of a wet low pressure system to our north actually filled in behind us first; rain started in Corvallis just past noon but didn’t arrive here until nearly 9:00pm. Precipitation totals overnight came in at around a third of an inch with Waldport receiving almost a half. Northwest winds blew 10-15 mph gusting a tad over 20, and the thermometer climbed into the upper-50s, albeit consistently-warmer Lincoln City topped 60F. At daybreak, the rain continued and the wind was light out of the north.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 62F/53F/0.29”
Depoe Bay: 55F/49F/0.32”
Forecast: It looks like a stretch of wonky weather for the next few days with showers, sunshine at times and moderate winds blowing from all points of the compass. The steady rain should be changing to showers as today progresses, high temps are expected to reach 55F with light winds. Showers remain likely tonight, lows about 50F. We’ll be down to a 50-50 chance of showers tomorrow and highs again near 55F. Outlook is for a persistent unsettled pattern with a slight chance of showers, partial clearing and maybe some blustery afternoon/evening sea breezes building-up later in the week. The mercury floats up to 55-60F during the day and drops to 45-50F at night.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, rain turning to showers with 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting showers and a high of 60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, light west winds, temps around 55F. For the Cascades, there are snow flurries with spots of ice on the passes this morning, temperatures are 30-35F; rain and snow showers, up to 2 inches accumulation, the snow level is at 4,000 feet rising to 5,000 feet this afternoon, and there’s a chance of additional snow on the higher elevation highways tonight.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 22”; no change since yesterday; an overall loss of 6” in the past seven days; 101” less than this date last year; 92% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
Marine: NW winds are 10-15 knots gusting 20 this morning with choppy seas 7 feet at 8 seconds. The breeze is expected to ease to westerly 5-10 knots today and the swell should subside to about 6 feet at 9 seconds. SW winds tonight and tomorrow, 5-10 knots, swells 5-6 feet. Outlook is for a return to nor’westers 10-15 knots gusting 20 in the afternoons and evenings Thursday through Saturday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, showers, light breeze, surf 4-5 feet (low).
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05/12 Tue 07:22 AM 6.50 H
05/12 Tue 01:51 PM 0.29 L
05/12 Tue 08:39 PM 7.51 H
05/13 Wed 02:49 AM 1.65 L
In Short: Mainly overcast, showers, light winds, then unsettled.