Friday, May 15th – Lincoln County
Summary: A little bit of everything over the past 24 hours as yesterday started in the fog, went through a sunny and windy Spring afternoon and then clouded-up after sunset with measureable drizzle and light rain overnight. The mercury climbed to the high-50s and northwest winds gusted into the upper-20s; the strongest gust was 32 mph on the Yaquina Bay Bridge recorded around 4:30pm. With the first halibut fishing of 2015 permitted yesterday, eager anglers who stayed offshore too late in the afternoon got beat-up in the wind and chop, though both subsided after midnight. At daybreak, the breeze had fallen calm and it was overcast with patchy fog and drizzle.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 62F/51F/<0.01” Depoe Bay: 56F/49F/0.01” Newport: 57F/50F/0.01” Waldport: 58F/48F/0.01” Yachats: 59F/50F/0.01” [caption id="attachment_133136" align="aligncenter" width="975"] Click ad for details[/caption]
Forecast: For Day 2 of the halibut opener, expect patchy fog, considerable cloudiness, possible sunbreaks, highs of 55-60F and northwest winds again this afternoon, 10-15 mph gusting 20-25. Tonight, look for mostly cloudy skies and a low of 45-50F. Partly to mostly sunny weather is on tap for the weekend with the mercury climbing to 55-60F accompanied by persistent afternoon/evening sea breezes. Outlook is for mainly overcast skies, a chance of showers, northwest winds and seasonal temperatures Monday through Thursday.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, drizzle then partly sunny with 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting partly to mostly sunny and a high of 65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for partly sunny skies, west winds gusting 20 mph, temps around 65F. For the Cascades, it’s foggy with bare pavement in the passes this morning, temperatures are right at 40F; chance of showers, the snow level is at 7,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mainly dry pavement through Sunday night at all elevations with the snow level remaining around 7,000 feet in the Cascades.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 21”; a loss of 3” since yesterday; an overall loss of 9” in the past seven days; 91” less than this date last year; 92% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
Marine: There’s patchy fog and the wind is light near shore this morning but it’s blowing N 10-15 knots out at the Rockpile and seas are 5-6 feet at 10 seconds. Expect nor’westers today, tonight and tomorrow 10-15 knots gusting 20 or better in the afternoons and evenings with choppy 5 foot mixed swells/windwaves. Outlook is for this general pattern to last until at least Tuesday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, breezy, surf 5 feet (low).
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05/15 Fri 11:00 AM 6.87 H
05/15 Fri 04:37 PM 1.12 L
05/15 Fri 10:57 PM 9.05 H
05/16 Sat 05:36 AM -0.97 L
In Short: Drizzle, mainly overcast, moderate winds, then continued unsettled.