Tuesday, May 19th – Lincoln County
Summary: The mercury picked up a smidge yesterday with highs around 60F; Lincoln City hit 65F for the warmest locally. The day began under a layer of marine clouds which burned off by mid-morning and the northwest wind came up, gusting to about 15 mph until sunset when the breeze died away completely. Skies were clear through midnight when the overcast returned, thickening during the night. Low temps were near 50F. At daybreak, the marine clouds appeared denser than yesterday morning, some haze gauzed the beach and there was no wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 65F/55F
Depoe Bay: 57F/51F
Forecast: The clouds are somewhat heavier today creating a tough barrier for the Sun to push through. It might, however, so we’ll add some sunbreaks to an otherwise overcast picture. High temperatures should again reach for 60F and not much wind is expected. Mostly cloudy tonight with a low of 50F. Tomorrow, we’re still under the marine influence and may even have a shower or two in the blend; highs of 55-60F. Mainly overcast skies are projected for Thursday and Friday before a change to clearer weather. The timing would be good for our approaching holiday and everybody’s planned outdoor activities.
Memorial Day Weekend… Partly to mostly sunny, dry, highs around 60F and moderate northwest winds.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, slight chance of showers, mostly cloudy with 55-65F. Valley destinations are expecting overcast, drizzle, possible showers and a high of 70F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for drizzle, a chance of showers and thunderstorms, west winds gusting 20 mph, temps around 70F. For the Cascades, there’s wet pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are about 45F; areas of drizzle, showers likely, a slight chance of thunderstorms, with the snow level at 8,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 13”; a loss of 3” since yesterday; an overall loss of 9” in the past seven days; 89” less than this date last year; over 90% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
Marine: Rather benign conditions exist this morning with NNW winds 5-10 knots and seas 5 feet at 12 seconds. Nor’westers are expected to rise a little this afternoon to 10-15 knots and then gusting 20 by this evening; swells remain 4-5 feet at 11-12 seconds. Tomorrow, look for northerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20 in the late afternoon, swells of 4-5 feet. Outlook is for little change through Saturday with mainly N wind 5-15 knots occasionally gusting 20 with swells remaining 5-6 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
Notice to Mariners… The Yaquina Bay Bridge southwestern light (Light List #9627) is currently obscured.
On the Beach… Mainly cloudy, light breeze, surf 3-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
05/19 Tue 07:58 AM -1.91 L
05/19 Tue 02:37 PM 7.55 H
05/19 Tue 07:55 PM 2.18 L
05/20 Wed 02:01 AM 8.97 H
In Short: Mostly overcast, sunbreaks, light winds, then continued unsettled.