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Weather or Not: A Snail’s Pace

Chris Burns Weather

Friday, June 19th – Lincoln County

Summary: Drab and sluggish weather put yesterday in the blah column. There wasn’t much excitement as cloudy skies ruled most of the day and winds never got above 20 mph. A few sunbreaks in the afternoon helped the mercury inch up a tad higher than recent days with all of our communities, sans Depoe Bay, reaching 60F or higher. The breeze fell away to completely calm before sunset and broken overcast was in place overnight. Low temps slipped slightly into the 50s. This morning, it was overcast and calm at daybreak.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 65F/56F
Depoe Bay: 58F/51F
Newport: 61F/52F
Waldport: 62F/53F
Yachats: 62F/52F/

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Forecast: The atmosphere may get moving again by this evening, but we’ll be running at a snail’s pace for the bulk of today’s daylight hours. A mix of sun and some clouds, not much wind and highs around 60F are projected. Tonight, it looks like the breeze WON PARTLY CLOUDYwill begin increasing from the north and there should be a few starbreaks, lows about 50F. Our familiar late-Spring pattern is expected to return tomorrow bringing partly to mostly sunny skies, highs near 60F and an afternoon sea breeze gusting 20-25 mph. Outlook is for Summer to arrive on schedule Sunday with sunshine and a high of 60F, followed by a dry and partly cloudy workweek, including afternoon/evening nor’westers and seasonal temperatures of 50-60F.

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Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly cloudy with 65-75F. Valley destinations are expecting mainly overcast and a high of 75F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a chance of showers, mostly cloudy skies, west winds gusting to 25 mph, temps around 75F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 40-45F; partly sunny, a chance of showers, with the snow level above 8,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is dry roads in all of Northwest Oregon through Sunday night; the free air freezing level in the Cascades will be 10-12,000 feet.

Cascades Snowpack: As of early June, mountain snow has completely melted, other than on the Cascades peaks. Oregon snowpack this year was the lowest on record, based on data for the past 35 years. The primary cause wasn’t a lack of precipitation but unusually-warm temperatures. Many SNOTEL stations have had little or no snowpack since January. Spring melt occurred 2 to 3 months earlier than usual. Refer to the following link for more details: NOAA Snowpack Map National Weather Service – Northwest River Forecast Center.

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Marine: It’s like a lake out there this morning with SSE winds 5 knots and swells at just 2 feet. SW winds 5 knots WON MARINE WXveering to N this afternoon and swells remaining around 2 feet today. Tonight, northerlies rise to 10-15 knots gusting 20 with 3 foot windwaves overpowering the 2 foot swell. A somewhat ‘normal’ scenario is predicted for tomorrow as NW winds build to 15-20 knots gusting 25 and the wind-chop reaches 4 feet. Outlook is for northerlies 10-20 knots with swells/windwaves 3-5 feet Sunday through Tuesday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.

On the Beach… Mostly sunny, light breeze, surf 2 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
06/19 Fri 09:00 AM -1.11 L
06/19 Fri 03:49 PM 7.14 H
06/19 Fri 09:05 PM 2.89 L
06/20 Sat 02:50 AM 7.85 H

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In Short: Partly cloudy, light winds, then mixed sky and windy.

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