Saturday, May 16th – Lincoln County
Summary: If drizzle falls long enough, it starts to add up. Precipitation totals of about a tenth of an inch have been recorded since yesterday morning with Yachats receiving the most and Newport the least. Cooler temperatures reigned, too, as even Lincoln City couldn’t quite make 60F. There wasn’t much wind at all, just a few light puffs from the northwest. A couple of fleeting sunbreaks peppered the overcast, but there was hardly time to reach for your shades. The cloud cover veiled the sky throughout the evening, overnight and into daybreak with no wind and intermittent drizzle.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/55F/0.14”
Depoe Bay: 53F/50F/0.07”
Forecast: In the words of the National Weather Service, “Either Mother Nature has taken vacation or we are now paying the bill for a pleasant Spring. A pattern change is not likely next week, at least until maybe Friday.” So, we’re apparently facing the charges we accumulated (with interest) for the sunshine and warm temperatures of Winter and early Spring. Mostly cloudy skies are expected today with drizzle and scattered showers, light winds and a high of 55-60F. There’s a slight chance of showers tonight, low of 45-50F. It could be a little brighter tomorrow as the Sun makes some headway against the clouds and the thermometer rises to around 60F. Outlook is for mainly overcast skies with a slight chance of showers and drizzle for the entire workweek ahead. Temperatures remain seasonal between 50F and 60F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, drizzle, then a chance of showers with 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting drizzle, scattered showers and highs of 60-65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for isolated showers, light west wind, temps around 60F. For the Cascades, it’s foggy with wet pavement in the passes this morning, temperatures are 35-40F; scattered showers, the snow level is at 6,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is possible damp pavement tonight, then drying tomorrow at all elevations with the snow level around 7,000 feet in the Cascades.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 20”; a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 7” in the past seven days; 89” less than this date last year; 92% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack). NOTE: An in-depth report on Oregon’s record-low snow pack, including the area-wide outlook for Summer, is available for download from the Natural Resources Conservation Service here.
Marine: Seas are 4-5 feet at 7 seconds this morning with light N winds 5-10 knots. Halibut hunters should have a pretty good day weather-wise with seas and breeze remaining below advisory criteria. Northerlies 5-15 knots are on tap today, swells 5-6 feet at 9 seconds and some patchy fog and drizzle in the morning. Tonight and tomorrow, NW winds 5-10 knots with long period swells 6 feet at 15 seconds. Outlook is for little change all week as the breeze remains light NW 5-15 knots and swells stay down around 5 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, some drizzle, surf 5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
05/16 Sat 11:59 AM 7.12 H
05/16 Sat 05:27 PM 1.40 L
05/16 Sat 11:40 PM 9.34 H
05/17 Sun 06:24 AM -1.54 L
In Short: Drizzle, mostly cloudy, light winds, then continued unsettled.