Wednesday, May 13th – Lincoln County
Summary: Lincoln City received the payback for habitually recording the warmest local temperature, which was the case again yesterday, when the town got drenched with over an inch of rain. The showery nature of the precipitation led to diverse amounts of water collecting in the rain gauges; Yachats had the least, under a half inch. It was cooler, too, as the mercury struggled to make the mid-50s. Winds were fairly light out of the southwest with a handful of gusts to around 20 mph. The heaviest rain was over by around 10:00pm, though drizzle and occasional showers punctuated the overnight period. Low temps were mostly in the 40s. At daybreak, early risers faced scattered showers, gray skies and south winds 5-10 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 55F/52F/1.16”
Depoe Bay: 50F/47F/0.66”
Forecast: You might take along a light rain jacket when you head outdoors today, just in case. We’re not quite out of the woods with the showers, so expect a 50-50 chance of some additional wet stuff, highs about 55F and light winds. Mostly cloudy skies are predicted for tonight with a low around 45F. Tomorrow, the possibility of showers increases marginally again and the wind veers to northwest with gusts of 20-25 mph. Outlook is for a rather checkered future as unstable conditions persist in the atmosphere. The result will be a patchwork of scattered showers, clouds and clearing. Right now, Friday looks the driest, albeit mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers lingers through the weekend into next week and occasional sunny periods will alternate with overcast. Seasonal temps are projected to range from 45F nights to 55-60F days.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, chance of showers with 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting scattered showers and highs of 60-65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a chance of showers, light west winds, temps around 60F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on the passes this morning, temperatures are 30-35F; scattered rain and snow showers, the snow level is at 4,500 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 24”; a gain of 2” since yesterday; an overall loss of 4” in the past seven days; 96” 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 running 5 feet at 8 seconds this morning and winds are S 5-10 knots. Fairly benign weather is on tap today as the breeze stays light SW 5-10 knots, though the swell is expected to build to 7-8 feet at 14 seconds by this afternoon. Tonight, NW wind 5 knots early veering NE after midnight, long ocean swells 8 feet. N wind returns tomorrow, 10-15 knots rising to 15-20 knots by evening, seas 7 feet. Outlook is for mainly nor’westers 5-15 knots Friday through Sunday with swells 4-5 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, showers, light breeze, surf 5-7 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
05/13 Wed 08:42 AM 6.46 H
05/13 Wed 02:50 PM 0.56 L
05/13 Wed 09:28 PM 8.05 H
05/14 Thu 03:51 AM 0.73 L
In Short: Mainly overcast, chance of showers, light winds, then unsettled.