Friday, May 22nd – Lincoln County
Summary: Cloudy skies, occasional drizzle, a couple of brief rain showers, patchy fog and light winds will sum up yesterday’s weather. In a nutshell – dark and dank. Beaches and headlands were totally socked-in for much of the afternoon, evening and overnight with visibility down to a quarter mile or less in places. The mercury hardly moved with highs and lows between 50F and 60F. At daybreak, the situation hadn’t changed as a thick layer of damp marine clouds covered the area, fog obscured the beach, drizzle persisted and it was dead calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 61F/54F/0.04”
Depoe Bay: 54F/50F/0.03”
Forecast: Mother Nature has the blues and we’re stuck in a funk with stagnant, cloudy and damp conditions on tap today, tonight and tomorrow morning. Expect light winds, drizzle, fog and temps between 50F and 60F. Outlook for Memorial Day Weekend is a mix of clouds and clearing beginning tomorrow afternoon and lasting through Monday; dry, with highs of 55-60F, lows around 50F and moderate northwest winds.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, chance of showers, partly sunny with 55-65F. Valley destinations are expecting a chance of showers early, then partly to mostly sunny and highs of 65-70F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for cloudy skies, a chance of showers and thunderstorms, light west winds, temps 65-70F. For the Cascades, there’s fog, drizzle and wet 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. Outlook for holiday weekend travelers at all elevations is possible damp highways tomorrow, then dry Sunday and Monday; the free air freezing level rises to 11,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 6”; a loss of 3” since yesterday; an overall loss of 15” in the past seven days; 90” less than this date last year; 96% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
Cascadia: A magnitude 4.2 earthquake occurred 135 miles southwest of Bandon at 12:40am this morning. The temblor was on the Juan de Fuca Tectonic Plate’s Blanco Fracture Zone. There were no reports of the quake being felt ashore.
Marine: The breeze is light northerly 5-10 knots this morning and seas are 5 feet at 11 seconds. As we head into the long holiday weekend, the outlook shows stable conditions for boaters venturing offshore. Today through Tuesday expect NNW winds 5-15 knots with seas 4-6 feet at 8-10 seconds; the only caveat is for periods of fog and drizzle reducing visibility at times. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mainly cloudy, patchy fog, light breeze, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
05/22 Fri 10:11 AM -0.80 L
05/22 Fri 05:05 PM 6.81 H
05/22 Fri 10:23 PM 3.04 L
05/23 Sat 04:04 AM 7.17 H
In Short: Overcast, light winds, drizzle, then mixed sky and dry.