Memorial Day, May 25th – Lincoln County
Summary: Sometimes intuition and local knowledge outweigh the power of silicon, which turned out to be the case yesterday when computer forecast models projected cloudy skies but our eyes told us otherwise. The marine overcast was already beginning to break up by mid-morning and for the remainder of the day there was a 50-50 mix of sunshine and clouds. The mercury crept up to 55-60F and northwest winds blew 10-15 mph gusting into the 20s. The cloud deck drifted in from the ocean again right after sunset and stayed in place overnight; lows were in the low-50s. At daybreak, clouds were thinning and it was dead calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 62F/54F
Depoe Bay: 55F/51F
Forecast: For this Memorial Day, we have a nearly identical situation to yesterday with the computers spitting out predictions of completely cloudy skies, but looking out the window (what a concept), it appears we should get some sunshine, too. High temps will be around 60F and moderate northwest winds return by afternoon. So, conditions look mostly pleasant for outdoor memorial services and other activities. Overcast again tonight, lows of 50-55F. Tomorrow, same deal as today with no real change expected. Outlook is fairly stagnant, though we could start seeing longer stretches of clearing during the second half of the week. The thermometer is expected to remain seasonal with highs of 55-65F and lows of 45-55F throughout the period.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, cloudy early, becoming partly sunny with 60-70F. Valley destinations are expecting mixed clouds/sunshine and a high of 70F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a chance of drizzle early, then mostly sunny skies, west winds gusting 20 mph, temps around 65F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 35-45F; partly cloudy, the free air freezing level is at 11,000 feet. Outlook for holiday weekend travelers at all elevations is dry roads when you head home tonight.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 0”; a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 16” in the past seven days; 87” less than this date last year; 100% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
NOTE: Normally, the snow pack does not disappear entirely until Summer. Last year, for instance, it didn’t hit 0” until the 4th of July, so you get an idea of just how unusual this year’s snow drought is. Our Cascades Snow Pack reports will return in the Fall when, hopefully, the snow also returns.
Marine: Generally mild conditions exist this morning with N winds 5-15 and seas 5-6 feet at 11 seconds. Northerlies 10-15 knots with occasional gusts to 20 knots are expected today, tonight and tomorrow, along with mixed swells/windwaves 3-5 feet. Outlook is for little change in this scenario Wednesday through Friday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Clouds, sunbreaks, afternoon sea breeze, surf 3-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
05/25 Mon 06:02 AM 5.88 H
05/25 Mon 12:39 PM 0.84 L
05/25 Mon 07:41 PM 6.74 H
05/26 Tue 01:47 AM 2.69 L
In Short: Some clearing, moderate winds, then mixed sky and dry.