Sunday, May 24th – Lincoln County
Summary: The marine cloud layer was fairly thick again yesterday morning but the power of the May Sun proved its worth and punched through in the late afternoon. High temps reached the upper-50s and northwest winds blew 10-15 mph gusting into the 20s. The respite from overcast skies didn’t last long as low level clouds shuffled back in off the ocean around sunset. Overnight was cloudy and calm with the mercury dipping slightly to the low-50s. At dawn, light north winds wafted along under a solid deck of marine clouds.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 60F/55F
Depoe Bay: 56F/51F
Forecast: We’ll try to eke out another batch of sunshine today if those May rays can plow through the thick marine clouds. Perusing the latest computer models, there’s a wide discrepancy between them, predicting everything from mostly sunny to completely overcast today. We’ll take the high ground and say partly cloudy skies by this afternoon, highs 55-60F and a touch of northwest wind. Tonight, cloudy, lows around 50F. For Memorial Day, look for sunshine and clouds with a high of 60F. Outlook is for partly sunny days and cloudy nights Tuesday through Saturday with seasonal temperatures.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly cloudy with 55-65F. Valley destinations are expecting mainly overcast conditions and a high of 65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a chance of drizzle early, then cloudy skies, light west winds, temps around 65F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 40-45F; cloudy, a chance of drizzle, the free air freezing level is at 11,000 feet. Outlook for holiday weekend travelers at all elevations is mainly dry roads tonight through tomorrow night.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 1”; a loss of 3” since yesterday; an overall loss of 18” in the past seven days; 89” less than this date last year; 97% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
Marine: Winds are northerly 5-15 knots this morning, strongest out at the Rockpile, with seas 5 feet at 8 seconds. Look for northerlies 10-15 knots through tomorrow, gusting 20 in the afternoons and evenings, and a mixed swell set of NW 3 feet at 7 seconds and W 3 feet at 11 seconds. Outlook is for N winds 10-15 knots and seas 4-5 feet Tuesday through Thursday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Clouds and sun, afternoon sea breeze, surf 3-4 feet (low).
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05/24 Sun 11:48 AM 0.32 L
05/24 Sun 06:51 PM 6.66 H
05/25 Mon 12:36 AM 3.01 L
05/25 Mon 06:02 AM 5.88 H
In Short: Some clearing, moderate winds, then mixed sky and dry.