Wednesday, May 20th – Lincoln County
Summary: Except for a few brief sunbreaks and a dash of unmeasurable drizzle in the morning, about all you can say about yesterday is, “blah.” The cloud cover persisted, northerly winds never got above 15 mph and high temps were seasonal near 60F. Overcast skies carried us through the evening and overnight with the thermometer dipping slightly into the low-50s. At daybreak, guess what? Yup, cloudy and calm. On the bright side (pun intended), we’re up to 15 hours of daylight today and still gaining about 2 minutes a day.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 63F/55F
Depoe Bay: 56F/51F
Forecast: We might just as well fire-up the Xerox machine and start crankin’ ‘em out. This May’s gray days continue unabated with not much change anticipated until the weekend. The marine cloud layer is about 3,000 feet thick today, so it’s marginal whether we’ll get many if any sunbreaks; highs 55-60F and light winds. Tonight and tomorrow are expected to remain overcast with a chance of showers in the mix. Friday dawns gray and drizzly but the dense cloud cover should finally begin falling apart late in the day. Temperatures are predicted to be average all week – highs of 55-60F and lows of 45-50F.
Memorial Day Weekend… Partly sunny, dry, highs around 60F and moderate northwest winds.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, drizzle, slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, mostly cloudy with 60-70F. Valley destinations are expecting a chance of showers and thunderstorms, cloudy and a high of 70F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for partly sunny skies, a chance of showers and thunderstorms, light west winds, temps around 75F. For the Cascades, there’s damp pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are about 45F; areas of drizzle early, then numerous showers and scattered thunderstorms this afternoon, the snow level is 8,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 12”; a loss of -1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 12” in the past seven days; 88” 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: The breeze is NNE 5-15 knots this morning and seas are 4 feet at 11 seconds. For today and tonight, N winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 with a mixed lumpy swell 3-4 feet. Tomorrow, expect NW winds 5-10 knots gusting 15 and combined swells 3-4 feet. Outlook is for nor’westers 5-15 knots with swells 3-4 feet throughout the holiday weekend. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
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On the Beach… Mainly cloudy, light breeze, surf 3-5 feet (low).
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05/20 Wed 08:41 AM -1.70 L
05/20 Wed 03:24 PM 7.41 H
05/20 Wed 08:41 PM 2.50 L
05/21 Thu 02:43 AM 8.51 H
In Short: Overcast, possible sunbreaks, light winds, then continued cloudy.