Thursday, May 21st – Lincoln County
Summary: Newport residents were rattled awake by a fairly intense thunderstorm just after midnight. Several lightning flashes and booms of thunder were accompanied by a significant downpour with over a half inch of rain recorded. Parts of this thunderstorm also grazed Depoe Bay and Waldport, though precipitation was much lighter. The wet and wild burst capped a day of mostly cloudy skies. There was enough solar power available to briefly punch through the marine overcast for a couple of short sunbreaks in the early afternoon, followed by thickening and lowering clouds with fog developing around dusk. In addition to the thunderstorm, other rain showers dotted the Central Coast overnight leaving behind a few hundredths of an inch. At daybreak, skies were cloudy and it was calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 61F/54F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 55F/50F/0.08”
Forecast: This goofy unstable weather pattern (hey, it’s May!) continues with the threat of showers lingering today and tonight under mainly cloudy skies, light winds, highs of 55F and lows about 50F. Drizzle is expected to kick-off our TGIF tomorrow but then we should start seeing some sunbreaks by afternoon and a high around 60F. Though drier conditions are expected, we may not see a return to full-on sunshine until Monday.
Memorial Day Weekend… Partly sunny, mainly dry, highs 55-60F, lows 45-50F and moderate northwest winds.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, patchy fog, chance of showers, cloudy with 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting a chance of showers, overcast and a high of 70F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for cloudy skies, showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms, light west winds, temps 70-75F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 45-50F; cloudy, showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms developing this afternoon, the snow level is 8,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 9”; a loss of 3” since yesterday; an overall loss of 15” 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: Seas have built a little and are running 6 feet at 12 seconds this morning with N winds 10-15 knots. Expect N to NW winds 10-15 knots occasionally gusting 20 and mixed swells/windwaves 3-5 feet today through tomorrow. Outlook for Memorial Day weekend is for very little change with northerlies 10-15 knots and swells averaging 4 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
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.
05/21 Thu 09:25 AM -1.30 L
05/21 Thu 04:13 PM 7.00 H
05/21 Thu 09:27 PM 2.84 L
05/22 Fri 03:15 AM 7.87 H
In Short: Overcast, chance of showers, light winds, then mixed sky and dry.