Sunday, May 17th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday we were able to wring out a really respectable amount of sunshine after a drizzly morning and less than optimistic forecast. Rainfall totals averaged under a tenth of an inch and the breeze was light all day. Sunbreaks developed by lunchtime and grew in both size and duration for the remainder of the afternoon. High temperatures came in close to predictions at 55F. The mixture of clouds and clearing fashioned an impressionist sunset palette, after which the evening sky was ablaze with a bevy of planets and brilliant starshine. The marine cloud layer returned about 4:00am but was showing signs of breaking up shortly after daybreak.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/49F/0.04”
Depoe Bay: 54F/44F/0.06”
Forecast: The guessing game continues today with the discombobulated atmosphere keeping meteorologists on their toes and computers spitting out a broad range of predictions. We’re going to go with partly to mostly sunny for today, highs near 60F and some northwest wind developing this afternoon. The marine clouds will probably return late tonight and early tomorrow, but should burn off to some degree later in the day; high 60F and northwest winds 10-15 mph. Outlook is for the unsettled weather pattern to persist until late in the week with clouds and clearing, showers feasible at times and seasonal temperatures.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly cloudy with 60-70F. Valley destinations are expecting partly to mostly sunny and a high near 70F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, light west wind, temps around 70F. For the Cascades, it’s foggy in spots with damp pavement in the passes this morning, temperatures are 35-40F; a chance of showers and thunderstorms, the snow level is at 7,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mainly dry highways this evening at all elevations with the snow level around 8,000 feet in the Cascades.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 19”; a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 6” in the past seven days; 86” less than this date last year; 91% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
Marine: It’s fairly benign this morning with light N winds 10 knots and seas 5 feet at 15 seconds; those conditions are also the forecast through noon today. This afternoon and tonight, the breeze rises to N 10-15 gusting 20, but eases to 10 knots after midnight, with seas 5 feet at 13 seconds. Look for northerlies tomorrow 10 knots gusting 15 and 6 foot swells. Outlook is for NW winds 5-10 knots Tuesday through Thursday with 5 foot swells. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Sun and clouds, breezy, surf 4-5 feet (low).
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05/17 Sun 06:28 AM -1.54 L
05/17 Sun 12:58 PM 7.47 H
05/17 Sun 06:22 PM 1.59 L
05/18 Mon 12:36 AM 9.35 H
In Short: Some clearing, moderate winds, then continued unsettled.