Thursday, May 28th – Lincoln County
Summary: The battle for supremacy in the sky continues with the marine overcast and the Sun each winning small skirmishes. It seems the clouds had the upper hand yesterday, but were not completely victorious. Sunbreaks and high temperatures in the upper-50s made for an overall pleasant day, though there was a chill in the northwest wind by late afternoon lasting into the evening. The marine layer filled in completely again overnight with fog developing and even a smidge of drizzle. Lows dipped to about 50F and it was calm at dawn.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 61F/54F
Depoe Bay: 56F/51F
Forecast: Same old, same old, today with low clouds and fog giving way to some sunshine; how much clearing we get is anybody’s guess. Under these conditions, it is indeed amusing to watch meteorologists and their computers attempt to predict exactly who will win the air war each day. So, as vague as this may be, look for partly to mostly sunny skies this afternoon with a high around 60F and northwest winds 10-15 mph gusting 20. Increasing clouds tonight, low of 50F. Mostly cloudy tomorrow after morning fog, but warmer with the mercury rising to 65F or so. Outlook is for cloudy on Saturday followed by a change in the weather. Forecast models are coming into agreement that we’ll see some showers develop sometime Sunday, lingering into Tuesday, before we return to the familiar marine-influenced partial clearing scenario by Wednesday.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, becoming mostly sunny with 70-80F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and a high of 80F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light west winds, temps 80-85F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 45-50F; mostly sunny, slight chance of showers or thunderstorms, the snow level is at 8,000 feet.
Marine: The breeze is fairly steady at 10 knots out of the N this morning with seas 6 feet at 7-13 seconds. NW winds 10-15 knots are expected today along with mixed swells – SW 3 feet at 8 seconds and W 4 feet at 12 seconds. Look for N winds tonight and tomorrow, 10-15 knots, and swells 2-3 feet at 12-17 seconds. Outlook is for nor’westers 10-15 knots Saturday and Sunday with seas 2-3 feet. W winds on Monday, 10 knots, and swells around 4 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
Notice to Mariners… The clearance gauge on the Yaquina Bay Bridge (LLNR 9627) at Mile 0.7 has been reported faded and illegible. The high water charted clearance is 129 feet. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting under the bridge.
On the Beach… Cloudy early, some sun later, breezy, 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.
05/28 Thu 09:39 AM 5.38 H
05/28 Thu 03:11 PM 1.96 L
05/28 Thu 09:45 PM 7.47 H
05/29 Fri 04:28 AM 0.98 L
In Short: Fog/overcast, some clearing, moderate winds, then showers.