Thursday, May 14th – Lincoln County
Summary: Perusing yesterday’s stats we see that the extreme northern and southern areas of the Central Coast received the only rainfall and the highest temperatures. The middle section was dry and sunnier but a tad cooler. Go figure. All in all, it turned out to be a nice day with sunshine pretty much winning the overhead competition. Winds were out of the southwest gusting to 15 mph until mid-afternoon when they quickly veered to the northwest. Skies were mostly clear overnight and low temps dipped into the 40s. Fog developed in areas close to the beach early this morning with visibility down to as low as half a mile at times. At daybreak, it was partly cloudy inland with fog along the beach and there was no wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 62F/50F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 56F/46F/<0.01” Newport: 55F/45F/<0.01” Waldport: 58F/47F/<0.01” Yachats: 61F/49F/0.01” [caption id="attachment_133136" align="aligncenter" width="975"] Click ad for details[/caption]
Forecast: It’s a real balancing act today with a trio of weather systems dancing around our periphery, any of which could drive a shower through the Central Coast. However, seat-of-the-pants prognosticating based on similar seasonal scenarios would indicate a dry day with a mix of sun and clouds, highs up around 60F and some northwest wind developing this afternoon. A marine cloud deck and drizzle is feasible tonight, lows about 50F. Tomorrow should be partly to mostly sunny after a chance of drizzle before lunch, northwest winds and the thermometer rising to 55-60F. Outlook is for a mix of clearing and clouds with a slight chance of showers and average temperatures Saturday through Wednesday.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, a chance of showers with 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting scattered showers and highs of 65-70F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a chance of thunderstorms, light west winds, temps around 70F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the passes this morning, temperatures are right at 40F; showers likely, the snow level is at 7,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 24”; no change since yesterday; an overall loss of 8” in the past seven days; 92” less than this date last year; 91% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
Marine: Conditions look decent for the start of this year’s first halibut opener this morning with the breeze light NE 5-10 knots and swells 7-8 feet at 13 seconds. Winds are expected to rise to N 10-15 knots gusting 20 by this afternoon and continue that way through tomorrow; swells should stay 5-7 feet with about 3 feet of chop on top. Outlook is for N to NW winds 5-15 knots and swells 5-6 feet Saturday through Monday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Sun and clouds, possible showers, breezy, 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.
05/14 Thu 09:55 AM 6.62 H
05/14 Thu 03:45 PM 0.84 L
05/14 Thu 10:13 PM 8.59 H
05/15 Fri 04:46 AM -0.18 L
In Short: Mixed sky, chance of showers, moderate winds, then unsettled.