Central Oregon Coast Weather

A Marine Marathon

By: NewportOr, 2:59 PM GMT on May 31, 2014

Saturday, May 31st – Lincoln County

Summary: It felt cooler than it looked yesterday. While the Spring sun was beaming brightly under a cloudless sky, cool air blown in off the ocean kept the mercury close to 60F. Northwest winds of 15-20 mph gusting to 25 came up right on schedule just before noon and blew strong into the evening hours. As soon as the breeze faded at sunset, low level marine clouds moved in and remained in place overnight. At 7:00am, there was a low overcast, hardly a breath of wind, and temps in the low-50s for the start of the Newport Marathon.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 64F/47F
Depoe Bay: 61F/45F
Newport: 61F/45F
Waldport: 60F/46F
Yachats: 59F/46F

Forecast: The clouds aren’t very thick this morning and should burn off to some degree today; exactly how much is another question. Under these conditions we have a spread of possible sky conditions, everything from partly to mostly sunny. High today again around 60F or so and northwest winds will be back by lunchtime, 10-15 mph gusting to 25. The marine cloud layer is expected to reform tonight and may be dense enough to produce some drizzle by morning. Lows of 50F and lighter winds. Tomorrow, patchy drizzle is possible in the early part of the day giving way to partly sunny skies by noon. The northwest breeze returns at 10-15 mph gusting to 25. Outlook is for our marathon of similar marine-influenced weather to endure for the foreseeable future, although night and morning clouds should become less of a prospect by Tuesday.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy with 65-75F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 75-80F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy, slight chance of thunderstorms, with the freezing level at 8,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for mostly sunny days, partly cloudy nights and generally dry pavement through Sunday.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 78”, a loss of 3” since yesterday.

Marine: The breeze has subsided overnight and is down to N 10-15 knots this morning with seas at 6 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 16 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Though conditions are fair this morning, they’ll be deteriorating again as the day wears on. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this afternoon, and a Small Craft Advisory for winds starts at 11:00am this morning and runs through this evening. Today, N winds building to 15-20 knots gusting 25 with steep, choppy seas 5-6 feet at 7 seconds. The same for tonight and tomorrow, though there should be an easing of breeze and seas from midnight to noon. Outlook is for N winds 20-25 knots with 8-foot seas rising to 10 feet by Tuesday.

On the Beach... Sun and clouds, breezy after noon, surf 5-6 feet (low).
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Tides
05/31 Sat 08:50 AM -0.98 L
05/31 Sat 03:39 PM 6.74 H
05/31 Sat 08:45 PM 3.06 L
06/01 Sun 02:31 AM 7.77 H

In Short: Mixed sky, windy afternoons and evenings, then repeat.

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Ditto Marks

By: NewportOr, 3:07 PM GMT on May 30, 2014

Friday, May 30th – Lincoln County

Summary: The tail end of the last weather system kicked off our Thursday with overcast, but skies slowly brightened and were clear blue and sunny by late in the day. After lunch, typical fair-weather northwest winds ramped up to 15-20 mph gusting into the upper 20s, with Waldport receiving the strongest gust of 31 mph. No precipitation was recorded; high temperatures were generally around 60F and lows stayed in the 40s. Skies remained clear overnight as a light offshore wind-flow kept the marine clouds just west of the coast. At daybreak, blue sky, temps in the 40s and a dainty east wind.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 63F/46F
Depoe Bay: 61F/42F
Newport: 61F/41F
Waldport: 60F/44F
Yachats: 59F/44F

Forecast: We might have to break out the ditto marks for the next week or so, as conditions will probably be quite similar from day to day. Night and morning marine clouds are always a possibility under this Springtime fair-weather regime, but they’ll be followed by mostly sunny days, blustery afternoon/evening northwest winds 15-25 mph, high temps in the 60s and lows in the 40s. The only fly in the ointment is a slight chance of showers on Sunday morning.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, sunny with 70-75F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs near 75F. For the Cascades, mostly sunny, slight chance of thunderstorms, with the freezing level at 8,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for mostly sunny days, partly cloudy nights and dry pavement through Sunday.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 81”, a loss of 2” since yesterday.

Marine: N winds are 15-20 knots offshore at Stonewall Bank this morning (with light easterlies near shore) and seas are about 7 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this evening. N winds rising to 20-25 knots by this afternoon with choppy seas 5-6 feet. The N breeze eases after midnight to 15-20 knots but wind waves will still be up around 5 feet. Tomorrow, N winds 15-20 knots with a 6 foot swell and 4 foot wind waves. Outlook is for northerlies to continue at 15-25 knots through at least Tuesday; lumpy seas 6-7 feet over the weekend, but building to 10-12 feet by Monday.

On the Beach... Sunny, breezy after noon, surf 5 feet (low).
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Tides
05/30 Fri 08:12 AM -1.22 L
05/30 Fri 02:57 PM 6.82 H
05/30 Fri 08:02 PM 2.92 L
05/31 Sat 01:53 AM 8.19 H

In Short: Mostly clear, windy afternoons and evenings, then repeat.

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Sandy Sandwiches

By: NewportOr, 3:06 PM GMT on May 29, 2014

Thursday, May 29th – Lincoln County

Summary: You realize the weather is a bit wobbly when it rains while the sun shines. Such was the case yesterday as some fairly hefty showers were sandwiched in between clearing periods. Southwest winds were generally 10-15 mph with a gust of 25 recorded at the Road’s End station in Lincoln City. Rainfall was fairly consistent at about a quarter of an inch, and high temps hovered primarily around the low-60s. Waldport was the warmest spot at 66F. After sunset, skies became mostly cloudy and a few more light rain showers rolled through. At daybreak, it was cloudy and drizzling, the wind was calm and lows were about 50F.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 63F/50F/0.28”
Depoe Bay: 62F/48F/0.27”
Newport: 59F/46F/0.17”
Waldport: 66F/50F/0.31”
Yachats: 63F/49F/0.28”

Forecast: The most noticeable change over the next few days will be robust northwest winds in the afternoons and evenings. Tip for visitors – plan your beach picnic for the morning hours unless you want sand blown into your sandwiches. Northwest winds this afternoon building to 10-15 mph with gusts to 20 or higher. The mercury is expected to rise to about 60F, and the sky will be a mix of sun and clouds. Tonight, mostly cloudy, low of 45F. Mainly sunny and a little warmer tomorrow, high 65F, and breezy again by afternoon. Outlook is for night and morning low clouds, sunny days, highs 60-65F, lows of 50F, and blustery afternoon and evening northwest winds through the weekend. There’s a slight chance of showers on Sunday.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy with 60-70F. Valley destinations should be mostly sunny and highs near 70F. For the Cascades, mainly clear skies with the freezing level at 5,000 feet rising to 9,000 feet tonight.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 83”, a gain of 2” since yesterday.

Marine: Typical late Spring northerlies are going to be the rule for the next several days. This morning, winds are N 10-15 knots and seas are just below 6 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 30 feet and less, and uninspected passenger vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory goes into effect at 1:00pm this afternoon through late tonight for N winds 10-15 knots gusting to 25 and choppy wind waves 5-6 feet. Outlook is for those conditions to persist through Monday, with a slight easing of the breeze from midnight to noon each day. NOTE: There’s a new tabulation image for Yaquina Bay and River charted depths. Click here for a download. Also, you should be aware that the dredge Yaquina will be working the entrance to Yaquina Bay from June 2nd through the 11th.

On the Beach... Clouds and sun, breezy after noon, surf 5-6 feet (low).
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Tides
05/29 Thu 07:33 AM -1.34 L
05/29 Thu 02:15 PM 6.86 H
05/29 Thu 07:20 PM 2.76 L
05/30 Fri 01:15 AM 8.53 H

In Short: Mixed sky, windy at times, then repeat.

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Waterspout!

By: NewportOr, 3:09 PM GMT on May 28, 2014

Wednesday, May 28th – Lincoln County

Summary: A cool and very unstable weather disturbance began rattling our cages late yesterday following mostly sunny skies during the afternoon. Nasty looking black clouds formed and a waterspout was photographed off Gleneden Beach (see photo in story below and read today's Weather Factoid). Winds were out of the west-southwest 10-15 mph before falling to calm about 7:00pm last night. Serious showers developed after midnight. Rainfall amounts varied widely with the showers; Yachats had almost half an inch, while Depoe Bay recorded only about a tenth. Waldport claimed the high temperature for the day at 67F. This morning, showers continued, the wind was calm and temps dropped to the mid-40s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 65F/48F/0.36”
Depoe Bay: 64F/46F/0.12”
Newport: 61F/45F/0.27”
Waldport: 67F/49F/0.30”
Yachats: 63F/48F/0.46”

Forecast: You’ll still need a raincoat today on your way to the Waldport Wednesday Market at the Community Center. Showers remain likely with a chance for thunderstorms as well. High about 60F and light west winds, except gusty near the showers. Tonight, we’re down to a slight chance of showers, low of 50F. Tomorrow, look for partly sunny skies with the mercury rising to the low-60s. Outlook is for typical late Spring fair weather; partly to mostly clear, highs 60-65F, and blustery northwest winds from noon to midnight each day.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, a chance of showers and thunderstorms with 55-65F. Valley destinations are expecting a chance of showers and thunderstorms, highs near 65F. For the Cascades, rain and snow showers with the freezing level at 4,500 feet, and slush on the highways passes.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 81”, a loss of 2” since yesterday.

Marine: NW winds are 5-15 knots this morning with seas at 5 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 18 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. While the wind generally should stay about 10-15 knots out of the NW today, isolated thunderstorms may whip up some hefty gusts at times; seas 5-6 feet. Tonight, the threat of thunderstorms declines, seas 5-6 feet and a NW breeze 10-15 knots. Tomorrow, we begin a typical fair-weather pattern for this time of year with northerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20-25 by late afternoon. Outlook is for these conditions to last through the weekend with N to NW winds 15 knots but gusting 20-25 knots in the afternoons and evenings creating choppy, wind-driven seas of 5-8 feet.

On the Beach... Showers, partial clearing, light breeze, surf 4-5 feet (low).
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Tides
05/28 Wed 01:32 PM 6.83 H
05/28 Wed 06:38 PM 2.58 L
05/29 Thu 12:38 AM 8.77 H
05/29 Thu 07:33 AM -1.34 L

In Short: Showers and possible thunderstorms, light wind, then mixed sky, breezy and dry.

Weather Factoid: Are waterspouts the same as tornadoes? Yes and no. Waterspouts are actually what are termed ‘cold-core’ tornadoes that form over water. They can develop when cool, unstable air moves over the warmer ocean. Waterspouts have the same basic characteristics as a land tornado, are associated with thunderstorms, and are often accompanied by high winds and seas, hail, and lightning. By the time the funnel is visible, however, a waterspout is already near maturity so it generally doesn’t last very long. Typically, waterspouts dissipate rapidly if they make landfall, and rarely penetrate far inland.

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Sunny Side Up

By: NewportOr, 3:01 PM GMT on May 27, 2014

Tuesday, May 27th – Lincoln County

Summary: We were definitely on the sunny side of our 50-50 forecast for yesterday, giving residents and visitors a bright, dry Memorial Day. Although there was broken overcast until about 11:00am, the sun broke out for the remainder of the day with just a handful of clouds appearing in time for an exquisitely textured sunset. Northwest winds were 10 mph gusting to 15, and no precipitation was recorded. Scattered clouds drifted by overnight and the mercury fell into the lower-40s. At daybreak, blue sky prevailed with no wind to speak of.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 69F/49F
Depoe Bay: 64F/45F
Newport: 61F/46F
Waldport: 63F/47F
Yachats: 60F/46F

Forecast: It looks like one more little bump in the road before we get into a dry regime later in the week. A low pressure system is working its way down the coast from the north; there are already some showers coming ashore between Tillamook and the Columbia River this morning. The chance of showers increases today, becoming likely by tonight. High this afternoon 60F or so, and tonight’s low about 50F. There’s also a chance of some thunderstorms developing over the next couple of days. Showers linger in the likely category tomorrow, high 60F. Outlook is for gradual drying and more sunshine each day beginning Thursday. Warmer temps, too, with highs approaching 65-70F by Friday. Partly to mostly clear skies are predicted for the weekend.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly sunny, a chance of showers and thunderstorms with 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting a chance of showers and highs near 70F. For the Cascades, increasing clouds and a chance of showers. The freezing level is at 6,000 feet, dropping to pass level tomorrow with slush possible on the highways.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 83”, a loss of 3” since yesterday. NRCS has stopped tracking the percent of normal snow pack for the Summer. The Mt. Hood/Deschutes basin ended the 2013-14 season with 79% of average snow pack.

Marine: Benign conditions on local offshore waters this morning with a NNW breeze of 5 knots and seas at 4 feet. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Not much change through tonight; W to NW winds 10 knots or less and seas 4-5 feet, though there is a chance for thunderstorms. Tomorrow, NW winds 10-15 knots with a 5 foot swell and 4 foot wind waves creating choppy seas. Outlook is for a Spring pattern to develop by mid-week. NW winds 15-25 knots, strongest in the afternoons and evenings, and lumpy seas building to 6-9 feet.

On the Beach... Sunshine early, chance of showers, light breeze, surf 3-4 feet (low).
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Tides
05/27 Tue 12:46 PM 6.72 H
05/27 Tue 05:55 PM 2.36 L
05/28 Wed 12:00 AM 8.90 H
05/28 Wed 06:54 AM -1.32 L

In Short: Increasing clouds, chance of showers, then mixed sky and dry.

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50-50

By: NewportOr, 3:05 PM GMT on May 25, 2014

Sunday, May 25th – Lincoln County

Summary: Yesterday was in the dry sector of our 50-50 Memorial Day weekend weather; no precipitation was recorded. Morning clouds gave way to sunshine by noon and temperatures were consistent along the Central Coast, topping out around 60F. Northwest winds whipped up to about 20 mph in the late afternoon and early evening. There was plentiful star-shine overnight with only widely-scattered clouds and the wind fell calm just after sunset. Lows dipped into the upper-40s. This morning there was a 50-50 blend of thin high clouds and blue sky, with thicker clouds lurking offshore.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 63F/46F
Depoe Bay: 62F/46F
Newport: 61F/45F
Waldport: 61F/48F
Yachats: 60F/48F

Forecast: Gradually we’ll be moving from the dry sector into the wet sector as today wears on. The good news is that most of the daylight hours will be rain-free and there’ll be some sunshine; high this afternoon about 60F. All bets are off tonight as a weather front drifts over our area bringing a shot of light rain, southwest winds 10-15 mph and lows near 50F. Tomorrow, we return to a 50-50 chance of showers, partly sunny skies, light north wind and a high of 60F. Outlook for the rest of the week is for a chance of showers, sunbreaks, highs of 60F and lows of 50F. Best bet for precipitation is Tuesday night and Wednesday.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly cloudy and a chance of showers late with 65-70F. Valley destinations are expecting mostly cloudy early with rain by evening and highs of 70F. For the Cascades, increasing clouds with the freezing level at 11,000 feet. Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is for 50-50 wet and dry pavement, and heavier than normal traffic on all highways.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 87”, a loss of 3” since yesterday. NRCS has stopped tracking the percent of normal snow pack for the Summer. The Mt. Hood/Deschutes basin ended the 2013-14 season with 79% of average snow pack.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Mt Bachelor 0/64/Spring/Last Day of the Season
Timberline 0/123/Spring/Open Today and Tomorrow

Marine: Today should be a nice one on the ocean for just about any size vessel. The bars are open, the breeze is light out of the NW at 5 knots and the swell is down to 3 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. The wind backs to SW 10 knots this afternoon as a front approaches; seas 3-4 feet with rain by dark. Tonight, rain, SW winds 10-15 knots and the swell holding at 4 feet. W wind tomorrow, 10-15 knots with wave heights still around 4 feet. Outlook is for NW winds 10-20 knots, highest in the afternoons and evenings, through the week ahead. Lumpy seas slowly rising to 6-8 feet by Wednesday.

On the Beach... Increasing clouds, light breeze, surf 2 feet (low).
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Tides
05/25 Sun 10:58 AM 6.33 H
05/25 Sun 04:20 PM 1.77 L
05/25 Sun 10:40 PM 8.78 H
05/26 Mon 05:29 AM -0.73 L

In Short: Partial clearing, increasing clouds, rain and then showers.

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Aimless Atmosphere

By: NewportOr, 3:02 PM GMT on May 24, 2014

Saturday, May 24th – Lincoln County

Summary: Visitors who made their way to our area for coastal weather yesterday got their wish (and didn't have to boil their drinking water). A gray day with fog, mist, showers and periods of light rain was just right for settling down with a good book. Adventurous types out for a stroll on the beach or a hike on the headlands had light westerly winds of 5-10 mph with occasional higher gusts. It was damp but not a soaker as precipitation amounts stayed below a quarter inch, and the thermometer rose to about 60F. The last of the measureable rainfall was recorded about 10:30pm last night, the wind went calm and skies remained overcast. Calm and mostly cloudy conditions opened our Saturday morning with lows around 50F.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 61F/53F/0.23”
Depoe Bay: 61F/52F/0.09”
Newport: 61F/52F/0.03”
Waldport: 60F/53F/0.10”
Yachats: 58F/52F/0.15”

Forecast: We’re going to shoot for some sunbreaks today and no rain with highs around 65F. So, it should be dry for the outdoor Newport Farmer’s Market, and for the volunteers whacking Scotch broom at South Beach State Park. Northwest winds may ramp up as strong as 20 mph by this afternoon. The atmosphere remains aimless and is expected to continue that way through the holiday weekend. Tonight, mostly cloudy skies, low of 50F. Tomorrow we’re back to a chance of showers by afternoon, light winds and a high of 60F. Outlook is for a 50-50 chance of showers Sunday night and Monday, though it will also be partly sunny at times. A threat of showers continues throughout the workweek ahead with seasonal temps.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly cloudy with 65-70F. Valley destinations are expecting mostly cloudy early turning to mostly sunny this afternoon and highs of 70-75F. For the Cascades, mostly to partly cloudy skies with the freezing level at 8,000 feet. Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is for varying wet and dry pavement, and heavier than normal traffic on all highways.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 90”, a loss of 2” since yesterday, or 79% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Mt Bachelor 0/66/Spring
Timberline 0/127/Spring

Marine: Lots of sport boats got out fishing yesterday, and today’s conditions should be reasonable, too. Winds offshore this morning are out of the NNW about 10 knots and seas are less than 5 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. NW winds are predicted to be 10-15 knots today with a 5 foot swell and 2 foot chop. The same conditions are expected tonight. Tomorrow, a weakening weather front is forecast to arrive causing a shift to SW winds 10-15 knots with possible gusts to 20 and 4 foot wave heights. Outlook is for NW winds 10-20 knots and seas 5-6 feet Monday through Wednesday. NOTE: Yaquina River Buoy 30 has been reset on station. If you fish north and south of the Central Coast, be advised that the US Coast Guard is proposing to disestablish Chetco River Approach Lighted Whistle Buoy “CR” (LLNR 565-8595) and the Tillamook Bay Approach Lighted Whistle Buoy “T” (LLNR 680-9810) as they are no longer considered necessary for safe navigation of the waterways.

On the Beach... Partly sunny, breezy late, surf 2-4 feet (low).
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Tides
05/24 Sat 09:52 AM 6.15 H
05/24 Sat 03:28 PM 1.39 L
05/24 Sat 09:56 PM 8.54 H
05/25 Sun 04:40 AM -0.16 L

In Short: Mixed clouds and partial clearing, then showers.

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Play Misty For Me

By: NewportOr, 3:07 PM GMT on May 23, 2014

Friday, May 23rd – Lincoln County

Summary: Yesterday was literally half and half. We had clear skies and sunshine until noon and then the clouds started rolling in becoming completely overcast by dinner time. Afternoon northwest winds were 10-15 mph and temps topped out around 60F. The cloud cover thickened through the late evening, it was foggy by midnight and mist filled the air shortly after. This morning, the wind was calm, lows were in the low-50s, overcast skies, misty and totally socked-in with fog. Visibility was down to a quarter mile or less. On the bright side, the period of daylight continues to increase – we have 15 hours between sunrise and sunset today.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 64F/57F
Depoe Bay: 62F/51F
Newport: 61F/52F
Waldport: 60F/52F
Yachats: 58F/51F

Forecast: Mixed weather is ahead for Memorial Day weekend with everything from rain to sunshine. Today and late Sunday appear to have the greatest chances for showers or light rain, with Saturday and Monday affording the best shot at sunshine. Highs over the three-day holiday should be 60-65F and lows bottom out around 50F. Not much wind is predicted, except for Sunday when an arriving weather front may kick it up a notch to southwest 15-20 mph gusting to 25. Outlook for the rest of next week is a chance of showers, partly sunny at times and seasonal temperatures.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, fog and a chance of showers with 60-70F. Valley destinations are expecting a chance of showers and highs of 70-75F. For the Cascades, cloudy skies and a chance of showers with the freezing level at 8,000 feet. Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is for varying wet and dry pavement, and heavier than normal traffic on all highways.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 92”, a loss of 4” since yesterday, or 79% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Mt Bachelor 0/70/Spring
Timberline 0/129/Spring

Marine: Light wind this morning, W 5-10 knots offshore and S 5 knots near shore; seas are down to 4 feet and it's foggy. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. So, except for low visibility in the fog, it looks like a decent day for halibut fishing during this second day of the current three-day sportfishing opener. A short-lived change is predicted later today as winds back to SW briefly with the passage of a weak front then veer to NW by this afternoon. Nothing much above 15 knots expected, and wave heights should stay at 4-5 feet. Tonight, a northerly breeze 10-15 knots gusting 20, seas 5 feet. N winds tomorrow 10-15 knots with a 4 foot swell. Outlook is for a stronger weather system to penetrate local waters Sunday and Sunday night packing southerlies of 20-25 knots and seas of 5-8 feet. Monday and Tuesday, lighter W winds of 10-15 knots with the swell running about 6 feet.

On the Beach... Cloudy, fog, showers, light wind, surf 4-5 feet (low).
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Tides
05/23 Fri 08:37 AM 6.12 H
05/23 Fri 02:31 PM 0.94 L
05/23 Fri 09:10 PM 8.22 H
05/24 Sat 03:46 AM 0.56 L

In Short: Chance of showers, mostly cloudy, then mixed conditions.

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Siblings

By: NewportOr, 3:02 PM GMT on May 22, 2014

Thursday, May 22nd – Lincoln County

Summary: As anticipated, yesterday was almost a clone of Tuesday with similar sky conditions, temps and breeze. Northwest winds blew 15-25 mph from late morning into early evening. Kite surfers and others who like a lot of wind got it. Lincoln City had the strongest gust at 30 mph, and also claimed the highest temperature at 64F. No rain was recorded. On the heels of an elegant sunset, skies remained clear overnight and the mercury fell to around 50F. This morning, the waning crescent moon graced the southeast sky and the wind was calm which allowed a heavy coat of dew to form.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 64F/50F
Depoe Bay: 61F/48F
Newport: 59F/46F
Waldport: 60F/49F
Yachats: 59F/50F

Forecast: Today will be more of an older sibling than a twin of Wednesday. Temperatures should be a little higher, in the upper-60s (the record for today was 75F in 2001). Northwest winds ought to be somewhat lower at 5-15 mph, and by the end of the day some clouds are expected in advance of an approaching minor weather disturbance. This evening, if you’re headed to the Wave Energy Open House at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, anticipate thickening clouds. Tonight’s low around 55F. Tomorrow, look for mostly cloudy skies, highs of 60-65F, a fairly light breeze and a chance of showers.

Memorial Day Weekend... Partly to mostly cloudy, chance of showers, highs 60-65F, lows around 50F.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy with 70-80F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 80F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy skies with the freezing level at 11,000 feet.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 96”, a loss of 2” since yesterday, or 79% of normal. Weekly snow total, -16”; difference from last year, +31”. These statistics are for the Hood/Deschutes snow basin. Other basins include Willamette at 55% of normal; Rogue at 32%; and Klamath at just 17%.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Mt Bachelor 0/73/Spring
Timberline 0/133/Wet

Marine: Winds are out of the NNE 10-15 knots this morning at Stonewall Bank, but it’s nearly calm close to shore, and seas are running about 5 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. The northerly winds are not expected to be quite as strong today as the past couple of days, but gusts to 20 knots are still probable this afternoon with a 3 foot wind chop. Tonight, similar conditions prevail. A change for tomorrow as the breeze backs to SW 5-10 knots early and then veers to NW by afternoon, wave heights 5-7 feet. Outlook is for NW winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 on Saturday, seas 5 feet. A front arrives Sunday with SW winds 15-20 knots and swells rising to 6 feet. Monday, W wind 10-15 knots, seas 6-8 feet.

On the Beach... Sunshine and clouds, breezy, surf 2-4 feet (low).
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Tides
05/22 Thu 07:15 AM 6.35 H
05/22 Thu 01:32 PM 0.43 L
05/22 Thu 08:20 PM 7.85 H
05/23 Fri 02:43 AM 1.34 L

In Short: Mostly sunny, warmer, then increasing clouds and a chance of showers.

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Bona Fide Beachy

By: NewportOr, 3:02 PM GMT on May 21, 2014

Wednesday, May 21st – Lincoln County

Summary: For the month of May, yesterday was an exercise in quintessential beach-weather. There was a sublime mix of sun and clouds, high temperatures barely penetrated the 60F barrier, northwest winds were 15-20 mph with gusts to 30 and no precipitation was recorded. The thickest clouds were right over the sand though they occasionally crept their way inland. The wind finally dropped around 11:00pm last night, and skies cleared about 3:00am. At dawn it was mostly clear, nearly calm and the air felt a smidge chilly with temps in the mid-40s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Wind Gust...
Lincoln City: 60F/49F/31mph
Depoe Bay: 62F/46F/22mph
Newport: 61F/45F/29mph
Waldport: 61F/48F/28mph
Yachats: 60F/51F/30mph

Forecast: Today looks like it’ll be close to a rerun of yesterday’s weather show with partly to mostly sunny skies, highs around 60F again, and a similar northwest wind flow of 15-20 mph gusting to 25. The low-level marine-layer clouds make a return visit tonight, lows about 50F. Tomorrow could be the warmest day of the week with the mercury expected to climb to 65F or higher, along with partly cloudy skies and northwest winds of 5-15 mph. Outlook is for mostly cloudy and a chance of showers on Friday.

Memorial Day Weekend... Mostly cloudy, increasing chance of showers, highs of 60F, lows around 50F.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly sunny with 65-70F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 75F. For the Cascades, fog early becoming partly cloudy with the freezing level at 11,000 feet.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 98”, a loss of 2” since yesterday, or 80% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Mt Bachelor 0/77/Spring
Timberline 0/136/Wet

Marine: Offshore winds are down a little this morning, N at 10-15 knots, and seas are about 5 feet. It looks like the northerlies will continue today at 15-20 knots, which is a bit lighter than yesterday. The swell is only a couple of feet but wind waves to 5 feet will make it lumpy. Tonight, N wind 10-15 knots, the chop subsiding to 3 feet. The same for tomorrow. Outlook is for light NW wind on Friday, less than 10 knots, and a W swell of 5 feet. Saturday and Sunday, N to W winds 5-15 knots and a SW swell of 4 feet.

On the Beach... Sunshine and clouds, breezy, surf 2-3 feet (low).
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Tides
05/21 Wed 12:33 PM -0.13 L
05/21 Wed 07:27 PM 7.51 H
05/22 Thu 01:31 AM 2.03 L
05/22 Thu 07:15 AM 6.35 H

In Short: Partly to mostly clear, windy, then increasing clouds.

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Do It Yourself Weather

By: NewportOr, 1:09 PM GMT on May 13, 2014

While our regular weatherman, Chris Burns, gets out in the weather for a short vacation, here are some links to create Do It Yourself predictions...

Summary: Observations

Forecast: Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats

Travel: ODOT TripCheck, Activity Planner, Coast Range, Cascades

Marine: Local Waters, Bar Reports.

Tides: May Tables

Updated: 1:15 PM GMT on May 13, 2014

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The Milky Way is Missing

By: NewportOr, 3:06 PM GMT on May 12, 2014

Monday, May 12th – Lincoln County

Summary: Sunshine and seasonal temperatures prevailed for Mother’s Day with highs about 60F and lows in the 40s. Northwest winds built to 10-20 mph in the afternoon and no precipitation was recorded. Skies were unobstructed by clouds overnight, the breeze went calm and then early this morning came up light from the east. It was mostly clear and about 45F at daybreak. While we usually focus on daytime weather, clear nights this week should offer night owls some decent stargazing. But the Milky Way will be a no show (see Weather Factoid below).

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 62F/42F
Depoe Bay: 60F/43F
Newport: 59F/43F
Waldport: 59F/44F
Yachats: 58F/46F

Forecast: The light east wind that developed overnight is the harbinger of a warm day. The breeze may be just strong enough to keep the cooler, ocean air at bay, meaning the mercury could easily climb well into the 70s today. Mostly clear skies are expected tonight with a low about 50F and light east winds. Tomorrow, the latest projections bring the sea breeze back allowing temperatures to subside a smidge; high 65-70F and lows of 50-55F. Outlook is for about average temps on Wednesday and Thursday, highs 60-65F, lows around 50F, and north winds 5-15 mph. A marine layer with patchy fog and drizzle is possible Thursday night and Friday, highs about 60F. And a weather disturbance is forecast for the weekend with increasing chances of rain.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, sunny and breezy with temps of 70-80F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 75-80F. For the Cascades, sunny skies with the freezing at 10,000 feet.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 124”, a loss of 3” since yesterday, or 88% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Mt Bachelor 0/99/Spring
Mt Hood Meadows Closed until Saturday
Timberline 0/159/Spring

Marine: Benign conditions this morning at sea with a 3 foot swell and N winds less than 10 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. For today through Wednesday, expect N winds 10-15 knots gusting to 20 in the afternoons and evenings, seas 3-4 feet. Outlook is for a wind reversal to S 10-15 knots on Thursday and to SW on Friday; swells 2-3 feet with 4 foot wind waves. A front is predicted to arrive by Saturday.

On the Beach... Sunny, light wind, surf 2-3 feet (low).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
05/12 Mon 11:48 AM 6.40 H
05/12 Mon 05:11 PM 1.94 L
05/12 Mon 11:23 PM 8.40 H
05/13 Tue 06:07 AM -0.60 L

In Short: Mostly clear and warm, then gradual cooling.

Weather Factoid: With mostly clear skies and fairly light winds, the atmosphere will be settled with respectable stargazing opportunities this week. Venus rises in the east just before sunrise, Jupiter is in the west after sunset, Saturn will be visible in the southeast sky, Mars is bright in the high southwest, and the Full Flower Moon appears on Tuesday night. However, if you’re looking for the bright band of Milky Way stars, you won’t see it. No, it’s not gone; it’s just not visible right now. Jim Todd at OMSI has this technical explanation for our galaxy’s disappearing act.

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A Gift for Mom

By: NewportOr, 3:05 PM GMT on May 11, 2014

Sunday, May 11th – Lincoln County

Summary: The last of those pesky rain showers passed through our area before 10:00am yesterday and we were dry the rest of the day. Precipitation amounts were just barely measureable and west winds remained light at less than 15 mph. Sunshine prevailed with a few puffy, non-threatening cumulus clouds providing texture for the afternoon and evening sky. Highs came in around 60F. A vivid sunset kept camera shutters clicking and drew throngs to the beaches. After dark, a waxing gibbous moon delivered additional light for those hesitant to head indoors. This morning, there was blue sky above, a few clouds offshore, light east wind and lows in the low-40s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 62F/42F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 60F/42F/0.01”
Newport: 55F/41F/No measureable
Waldport: 63F/43F/No measureable
Yachats: 61F/42F/0.02”

Forecast: After Mom finishes breakfast in bed and opens the gifts, you can take her outdoors for stroll on the beach today. Sunshine, light northwesterly winds of 5-10 mph and a high of 60-65F should make it a charming Mother’s Day. Today’s conditions will be ideal for the Devils Lake Dash personal watercraft races in Lincoln City, too. Tonight, partly cloudy skies with a low around 45F, northwest winds 10-15 mph gusting 20. Tomorrow, look for mostly sunny skies, a high of 70F and light northeast breezes. Outlook is for sunny and warm Tuesday through Thursday. Daytime mercury readings could reach 70-75F; overnight lows of 55F. Cooler conditions are expected on Friday with a high temperature about 65F and increasing clouds. There’s a chance of some light rain by next weekend.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny with temps of 60-70F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 70F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy skies today with the freezing level above the passes at 5,500 feet rising to 7,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for mostly sunny skies and warmer in the Coast Range, Valley and Cascades.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 127”, a gain of 2” since yesterday, or 87% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Mt Bachelor 1/103/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Meadows 1/112/Machine Groomed
Timberline 9/164/Powder

Marine: Let’s go fishin’! The bars are open, the wind is down to E less than 5 knots and seas have subsided to 6 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. The outlook for today through Wednesday is northerly winds 10-15 knots with gusts to 20 in the afternoons and evenings, seas about 4 feet through the period. The next disturbance on the horizon begins with a wind shift to southerly on Thursday and a minor weather system predicted for next weekend.

On the Beach... Sunny, light wind, surf 4-5 feet (low).
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Tides
05/11 Sun 10:59 AM 6.09 H
05/11 Sun 04:30 PM 1.80 L
05/11 Sun 10:49 PM 7.97 H
05/12 Mon 05:28 AM 0.06 L

In Short: Mostly clear and warmer.

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Getting Well Soon

By: NewportOr, 3:08 PM GMT on May 10, 2014

Saturday, May 10th – Lincoln County

Summary: The symptoms were properly diagnosed and the atmosphere’s instability disorder ran its course as anticipated over the past 24 hours. The ailment triggered rumbles of thunder, occasional lightning flashes, rainbows, small hail in spots and even a funnel cloud. The largest of the showers dumped almost two-thirds of an inch of rain between Depoe Bay and just north of Newport. Yachats had the highest wind gust. High temps were in the mid-50s. Showers, some rather heavy, continued overnight with lows mostly in the upper-40s. The wind came around to the northwest early this morning, indicative of healthier times ahead. At daybreak, a mixed sky, showers and light winds.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust...
Lincoln City: 57F/51F/0.39”/25mph
Depoe Bay: 57F/46F/0.60”/24mph
Newport: 55F/48F/0.34”/32mph
Waldport: 56F/48F/0.39”/27mph
Yachats: 56F/50F/0.25”/36mph

Forecast: The prognosis is good; we’re on the mend. There are still showers on the radar this morning, but it looks like gradual recovery as the day goes on. Fewer clouds and more blue today with highs near 60F and light west wind. Partly cloudy skies tonight and lows around 45F. Tomorrow, we should feel in-the-pink with the start of a stretch of sunny days and clear nights; highs 60-65F and lows about 50F. Outlook is for daytime sunshine with feverish thermometer readings of 65-75F, afternoon northwest winds and nighttime lows in the mid-50s all week. The onset of a cold is looking likely for next weekend with cooler temps and a chance of rain.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, showers and scattered thunderstorms becoming partly sunny with temps of 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting showers, partly sunny and highs of 60-65F. For the Cascades, a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 11:00am this morning. Snow is accumulating on Highway 26 at Government Camp and on Highway 20 at Santiam Pass and Tombstone Summit. The passes will remain snow covered or slushy for much of this morning. Most snow should melt from the highways by midday as strong May sunshine warms the pavement. The freezing level is at 3,500 feet. Carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers is for partly cloudy skies in the Coast Range, Valley and Cascades with the freezing level rising to 5,000 feet tonight, 7,500 feet tomorrow.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 125”, a gain of 12” since yesterday, or 84% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Mt Bachelor 8/106/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 9/117/Powder
Timberline 12/165/Powder

Marine: Winds have veered to the WNW 10 knots this morning and seas have rounded some, down to 8 feet at 9 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 20 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. NW winds should be easing to 5-10 knots by this afternoon following an occasional gust to 20 this morning; seas subsiding to 6-7 feet, and a chance of thunderstorms early. Tonight and tomorrow, northerlies 5-10 knots, wave heights 4-5 feet. Outlook is for N winds 10-15 knots Monday and Tuesday, building to 20-25 knots in the afternoons by Wednesday and Thursday. Seas should be holding around 4 feet through the week.

On the Beach... Showers, sunshine, light wind, surf 5-7 feet (moderate).
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Tides
05/10 Sat 10:06 AM 5.81 H
05/10 Sat 03:48 PM 1.66 L
05/10 Sat 10:15 PM 7.53 H
05/11 Sun 04:49 AM 0.78 L

In Short: Showers, partly cloudy, then clearing and warmer.

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Ready to Rumble

By: NewportOr, 3:07 PM GMT on May 09, 2014

Friday, May 9th – Lincoln County

Summary: For this late in the season, yesterday’s storm packed a lot of power and moisture. Southwest winds were at predictions, 25-30 mph gusting to 40; Yachats recorded the highest gust at 42 mph. Gusts outside of our regular reporting stations included 43 mph on the Yaquina Bay Bridge and 54 mph at Mary’s Peak. The most rain fell in Waldport, just under an inch. Regionally, record rainfall of 1.31” was set at Astoria, breaking the old record of 0.73” set in 1983. High temperatures on the Central Coast were in the mid-50s. The steady rain turned to showers about 9:00pm last night, with a downpour then arriving every two to three hours afterward. This morning, a mixed sky, showers, light south wind and lows around 50F.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust...
Lincoln City: 56F/48F/0.87”/28mph
Depoe Bay: 53F/48F/0.85”/33mph
Newport: 54F/48F/0.72”/39mph
Waldport: 55F/49F/0.94”/36mph
Yachats: 54F/50F/0.93”/42mph

Forecast: We have one of the better set-ups for thunderstorms now through tomorrow morning. The atmosphere is very unstable which can produce at the least some very heavy rain showers, but there’s also a potential for thunder, lightning, small hail or even a funnel cloud today. High temps about 55F with southwest winds 15-20 mph gusting to 25. For tonight, breezy, showers, a continued chance of thunderstorms and lows in the mid-40s. Showers tomorrow morning, a mixed sky late in the day, light winds with a high about 60F. Outlook is for clearing and drying beginning Sunday and lasting all week. Look for sunny days and clear nights with highs of 65-70F and lows around 50F.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, windy, showers and scattered thunderstorms which could produce small hail; temps of 55-60F. Valley destinations expect showers and possible thunderstorms with highs of 60-65F. For the Cascades, showers and thunderstorms today with the freezing level at 4,500 feet, dropping this evening to 4,000 feet. There’s a chance of a few inches of snow in the passes today through tomorrow.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 113”, a loss of 3” since yesterday, or 80% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Mt Bachelor 2/97/Variable
Mt Hood Meadows 3/108/Variable
Timberline 7/155/Powder

Marine: Seas are steep this morning, 7 feet at 7 seconds, and winds are from the WSW 15-20 knots. Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 20 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Continued rough conditions are expected today along with a chance of thunderstorms. A Small Craft Advisory for SW winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 is in effect through this evening. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous square seas 9 feet at 9 seconds is posted through late tonight. The breeze eases tonight to SW 10 knots after midnight with slowly rounding seas at 8 feet. Tomorrow, look for W winds 5-10 knots and the swell subsiding to 7 feet. Outlook for Sunday through Tuesday is light northerlies and wave heights around 4 feet.

On the Beach... Showers, thunder, breezy, surf 7-8 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
05/09 Fri 09:04 AM 5.61 H
05/09 Fri 03:03 PM 1.50 L
05/09 Fri 09:41 PM 7.10 H
05/10 Sat 04:06 AM 1.50 L

In Short: Showers, possible thunderstorms, then clearing and warmer.

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Marching in May

By: NewportOr, 3:04 PM GMT on May 08, 2014

Thursday, May 8th – Lincoln County

Summary: Ol’ Sol had his work cut out yesterday trying to burn through the low-level marine clouds. He finally succeeded about 3:00pm and we had fair skies with hazy sunshine until sunset. Northwest winds were light, mostly around 10 mph and highs came in at 55-60F. Thickening overcast returned shortly after dark and the first rain shower doused the ground just after midnight. Precipitation sums by daybreak were approaching a quarter inch, with the highest amounts in our southern section. This morning, the rain was steady, winds were light out of the east and lows dropped to the upper-40s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 62F/48F/0.18”
Depoe Bay: 60F/47F/0.15”
Newport: 55F/46F/0.11”
Waldport: 63F/47F/0.22”
Yachats: 60F/48F/0.23”

Forecast: The calendar says May, but the weather says March. Another mid-Spring storm is upon us. It’s a Central Coast classic, too, with a warm front bringing moderate rain this morning followed by a cold front this afternoon with heavier rain and breezy conditions. Blustery southwest winds of 25-30 mph gusting to 45 are expected, along with about a half inch of rain and a high today of 55F. Tonight, the steady rain turns to showers, southwest winds drop to 10-15 mph gusting 25, and lows bottom out in the upper-40s. Tomorrow, showers and possible thunderstorms, southwest winds to 30 mph and a high of 55F. Rainfall storm totals could be well over an inch. Outlook is for showers on Saturday. Then, it looks like sunny and warmer Sunday through Wednesday, with clear nights, lows of 50F and highs of 65-70F.

Travel: In the Coast Range, rainy and windy today with temps of 55-60F. Valley destinations will have rain and highs of 60F. For the Cascades, rain and wind today with the freezing level at 6,000 feet rising to 8,000 feet, but dropping quickly late tonight to 5,000 feet or lower. There’s a chance of snow in the passes tomorrow and tomorrow night.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 116”, a loss of 2” since yesterday, or 79% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Mt Bachelor 0/97/Spring
Mt Hood Meadows 0/111/Machine Groomed
Timberline 1/152/Packed Powder

Marine: For this first day of the sport halibut opener, winds offshore are already blowing out of the S at 15-20 knots (lighter near shore) and combined seas are 6 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. But, a Gale Warning is now in effect and lasts through this afternoon for SW winds of 25-30 knots gusting 35-40 with rough seas of 10 feet at 10 seconds. Conditions ease somewhat tonight with sou’westers 15-20 knots gusting 25 and the swell down to 7-9 feet. Tomorrow, the breeze veers to W 15 knots with gusts to 20 and choppy seas of about 8 feet. Outlook is for improving conditions for the weekend. SW wind on Saturday, 5-10 knots, and wave heights of 8-10 feet. Sunday and Monday, sunshine and NW winds of 5-10 knots with a 5-6 foot swell.

On the Beach... Rain and very breezy, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
05/08 Thu 07:54 AM 5.57 H
05/08 Thu 02:14 PM 1.32 L
05/08 Thu 09:03 PM 6.72 H
05/09 Fri 03:18 AM 2.19 L

In Short: Rainy and windy, showers, then clearing and warmer.

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Goldilocks Days

By: NewportOr, 3:24 PM GMT on May 07, 2014

Wednesday, May 7th – Lincoln County

Summary: Whether you were beachcombing, mowing the lawn, hiking in the woods or out fishing, yesterday’s Goldilocks weather was about as close as you can get to ‘just right.’ Mostly sunny skies prevailed with only a few scattered high clouds during mid-afternoon. Northwest winds were light at 5-10 mph, no precipitation was recorded and afternoon highs climbed to about 60F. Partly cloudy conditions returned before sunset, and overnight the clouds thickened to a complete overcast. This morning it was cloudy with a very light east wind and the mercury in the upper-40s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 62F/51F
Depoe Bay: 60F/47F
Newport: 55F/43F
Waldport: 60F/47F
Yachats: 56F/48F

Forecast: You get one more pleasant day before the bears come home. Partly to mostly sunny skies today after morning clouds with highs again of 55-60F and light northwest winds. Tonight, look for increasing clouds, a slight chance of showers, lows around 45F and a wind shift to the southwest. The next weather system arrives tomorrow bringing up to a half inch of rain along with south winds 10-20 mph gusting to 30; high near 55F. Outlook is for showers on Friday and Saturday. A drying and warming trend begins on Sunday and extends into early next week. Highs near 70F by Tuesday.

Travel: In the Coast Range, mostly sunny today with temps of 60-65F. Valley destinations will have sunny skies and forecast highs of 70F. For the Cascades, spots of frost this morning and then mostly sunny with the freezing level at 5,500 feet rising to 6,500 feet.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 118”, no change since yesterday, or 80% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Mt Bachelor 0/98/Hard Packed
Mt Hood Meadows 0/111/Machine Groomed
Timberline 1/153/Packed Powder

Marine: Almost flat this morning with N winds 5 knots and the swell down to 4 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Outside of a little drizzle early today, conditions are forecast to remain very light with WNW winds 5-10 knots and seas 3-4 feet. The same for this evening, but then after midnight the breeze backs to S and increases to 10-15 knots. Tomorrow, for the first day of the halibut fishing opener, there’s a Small Craft Advisory for S winds 15-25 knots gusting 30 with seas building to 7 feet. Outlook is for fairly strong southerlies, 15-20 knots gusting 25, seas 10 feet, on Friday. Saturday, you should be able to get out halibut fishing as SW winds fall to 5-10 knots and seas subside to 6 feet. NE winds are expected Sunday at 5-10 knots along with a 5 foot swell.

On the Beach... Sun and clouds, light breeze, surf 2-3 feet (low).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
05/07 Wed 01:20 PM 1.08 L
05/07 Wed 08:21 PM 6.41 H
05/08 Thu 02:20 AM 2.78 L
05/08 Thu 07:54 AM 5.57 H

In Short: Partly cloudy, rainy and windy, showers, then clearing.

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A Sun Sandwich

By: NewportOr, 3:12 PM GMT on May 06, 2014

Tuesday, May 6th – Lincoln County

Summary: Not much of a contest for most of yesterday as the sun’s strength kept cloud cover at bay until about 3:00pm. High temps were 55-60F. Light overcast took us through late afternoon and into darkness; scattered clouds wafted by through the night. There were a few light rain showers yesterday, but precipitation was just barely measureable if at all. Winds blew southwest at 10-15 mph until evening, it went calm at 10:00pm, there was a light northwest breeze overnight, and then calm again this morning. At dawn, skies were mostly cloudy and lows were around 50F.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 60F/52F/No measureable
Depoe Bay: 59F/47F/0.01”
Newport: 55F/45F/No measureable
Waldport: 60F/49F/0.01”
Yachats: 59F/49F/0.07”

Forecast: The early part of this week is the meat of a sun sandwich, slapped between two pieces of rainy weather. Partly to mostly sunny skies today, dry, highs of 55-60F and light northwest winds. Tonight, partly cloudy, a northwest breeze of 5-15 mph and low temperatures around 45F. Mostly sunny tomorrow with the mercury rising to 55-60F and northwest winds 5-10 mph. Outlook is for the upper slice of rain to complete our sandwich expected to be put in place on Thursday when more precipitation arrives. Rainy on Thursday night, showers likely Friday and unsettled, damp weather through the weekend. Temps in the range of 45F-55F.

El Niño... NOAA has issued an El Niño Watch for this Summer, about a 50-50 chance, and for this coming Winter, a 70 percent chance. This weather phenomenon usually leads to warmer and drier winters for the Central Coast, and has in past years’ cycles caused massive changes in our beaches (i.e., Agate, Moolack and Alsea Spit). Read more here.

Travel: In the Coast Range, partly cloudy today with temps of 55-60F. Valley destinations will have partly sunny skies and forecast highs of 60-65F. For the Cascades, isolated rain and snow showers today with the freezing level at 4,500 feet. There is construction work underway east of Government Camp where Highway 26 joins Highway 35, but only minimal delays are expected.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 116”, no change since yesterday, or 81% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Mt Bachelor 0/100/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 1/111/Machine Groomed
Timberline 5/154/Packed Powder

Marine: Winds are out of the N this morning at 10 knots and seas are down to 5 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. For today, NW winds 5-10 knots gusting 15 with the swell hovering around 5 feet. Tonight, a N to NW breeze 5-10 knots and seas at 4 feet. Even milder conditions are expected tomorrow; light N wind backing to W in the afternoon, wave heights subsiding to 3 feet. Outlook is for a weather front to arrive on Thursday bringing S winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 and combined seas 6-8 feet. Friday and Saturday, W winds 5-15 knots, seas 7-9 feet.

On the Beach... Partly cloudy, light 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.
Tides
05/06 Tue 12:26 PM 0.77 L
05/06 Tue 07:31 PM 6.22 H
05/07 Wed 01:11 AM 3.19 L
05/07 Wed 06:38 AM 5.77 H

In Short: Mixed sky, light winds, clearing, then rain.

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Heavenly Showers

By: NewportOr, 3:10 PM GMT on May 05, 2014

Monday, May 5th – Lincoln County

Summary: If you played your cards right, it was possible to get outside yesterday for a beach walk, the bike race or a carnival ride without getting completely soaked. Rain showers, some quite heavy early in the day, seemed to be on a set arrival schedule of every two or three hours. Rainfall totals peaked at about a quarter of an inch. Southwest winds blew steadily through the day at 15-20 mph gusting 30 or so; Yachats recorded a gust of 36. The thermometer topped around 55F. The breeze dropped off at dusk and was light overnight. At daybreak, there was a little drizzle, broken overcast, calm wind and a low temp in the mid-40s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust...
Lincoln City: 55F/52F/0.21”/28mph
Depoe Bay: 56F/49F/0.20”/34mph
Newport:55F/46F/0.25”/31mph
Waldport: 57F/48F/0.26”/28mph
Yachats: 53F/47F/0.25”/36mph

Forecast: This will be a crossover day as the potential for showers slowly decreases ahead of drier weather. We could still see another quarter inch of precipitation but winds are expected to remain light; high today between 55F and 60F, depending on the length of sunbreaks in the mixed sky. This evening, the chance of rain showers continues to diminish, but another kind of shower is predicted. Low tonight about 45F and skies begin to clear, so, there should be an opportunity for viewing the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower. It’ll be in the southeast sky each morning through Wednesday. The peak is tomorrow morning just before dawn with 5-10 meteors per hour. Mostly sunny skies are forecast for tomorrow with a high around 60F. Outlook is for another dry day on Wednesday before the next weather system enters our area on Thursday bringing more rain and wind. Unsettled weather is then probable Friday and through the weekend with showers, sunbreaks, fairly light winds and a temperature range of 45F-55F.

Travel: In the Coast Range, showers and a chance of thunderstorms today with temps of 55-60F. Valley destinations have showers likely, a chance of thunderstorms and forecast highs of 60F. For the Cascades, wet/slushy highways today and snow showers with 1-3 inches accumulation possible at the passes. The freezing level is at 4,000 feet. Carry chains or traction tires.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 116”, no change since yesterday, or 81% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Mt Bachelor 1/99/Spring
Mt Hood Meadows 1/111/Machine Groomed
Timberline 6/155/Packed Powder

Marine: A settled sea has returned this morning as wave heights have dropped to 6 feet and the wind is down to W at 10 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. For today, WSW winds 10-15 knots gusting to 20 at times, seas 6-7 feet. A shift to NW winds tonight and tomorrow, 5-10 knots gusting 15, and a 5 foot swell. Outlook is for light nor’westers on Wednesday with seas down to 3 feet. The next weather system is forecast for Thursday; SW winds rising to 20-25 knots with 5 foot wind waves overpowering a 2 foot swell. Friday, a westerly breeze of 15-20 knots and seas building to 8 feet.

On the Beach... Showers, sunbreaks, light breeze, surf 4-6 feet (low).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
05/05 Mon 11:32 AM 0.39 L
05/05 Mon 06:36 PM 6.16 H
05/05 Mon 11:57 PM 3.37 L
05/06 Tue 05:29 AM 6.17 H

In Short: Showers, light winds, then drying and clearing.

Updated: 3:24 PM GMT on May 05, 2014

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Tale of Two Parades

By: NewportOr, 3:08 PM GMT on May 04, 2014

Sunday, May 4th – Lincoln County

Summary: Last year for the Loyalty Day Parade and Fun Run in Newport it was sunny, calm and 82F. Participants sweltered and many dropped out due to heat exhaustion. Spectators were in shorts, tank tops and flip-flops. During this year’s parade and fun run yesterday, conditions were the opposite with light rain, strong winds and 52F. Participants shivered under their costumes but kept smiling and waving as they marched down Highway 101. Hardy spectators, tucked inside hoodies and raincoats, smiled and waved back. Fortunately, the heaviest rain held off until after the parade. Total rainfall amounts with this current weather system stand at between a third and a half inch. Southwest winds approached 40 mph at times. The highest regional gusts were on the Yaquina Bay Bridge (elev. 120’) 52 mph and at Mary’s Peak (elev. 4,137’) 69 mph. By late last night, the steady rain morphed to showers, a few holes opened in the overcast, and lows were in the low-50s. This morning, the intensity of the showers increased while the breeze fell to gusts less than 30 mph.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust...
Lincoln City: 56F/53F/0.54”/38mph
Depoe Bay: 55F/51F/0.44”/38mph
Newport: 55F/52F/0.41”/38mph
Waldport: 57F/52F/0.31”/36mph
Yachats: 56F/53F/0.32”/39mph

Forecast: Don’t expect continuous rain today, but when it does, it’ll sometimes be heavy. Cool, unstable air and a sustained southwest wind flow will keep the shower activity going most of the day. High 55F and winds 20-25 mph gusting 30 or so. Tonight, more showers of lesser intensity, winds should be decreasing also, and our low temp about 50F. The chance of showers is on the wane tomorrow, high again about 55F and lighter winds. Outlook is for partly sunny and drier mid-week with the mercury rising to 60F. By Thursday night and on into the weekend, more rain and wind are predicted with seasonal temps of 45-55F.

Travel: In the Coast Range, showers and windy today with temps of 55-60F. Valley destinations have showers likely, breezy and forecast highs of 60F. For the Cascades, breezy this morning with rain and snow showers and the snow level at 6,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers in the Coast Range and Willamette Valley is for showers, heavy at times, and windy today through tonight. For the Cascades, the snow level drops to near the highway passes later today and tonight with 1-3 inches of snow possible.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 116”, no change since yesterday, or 81% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Mt Bachelor 0/98/Wet
Mt Hood Meadows 1/111/Machine Groomed
Timberline 4/153/Spring

Marine: It’s snotty out there this morning with SSW winds 25-30 knots and square seas 12 feet at 12 seconds. Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational vessels and uninspected passenger vessels 36 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this evening. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is posted through this evening. SW winds today 20-25 knots with gusts of 30-35, seas 10-12 feet. The breeze eases tonight to 15-20 knots gusting 25 with wave heights dropping to 7 feet. Tomorrow, SW wind 10-15 knots and a 6 foot swell. Outlook is NW wind on Tuesday and Wednesday 5-15 knots, seas subsiding to 3-5 feet. Thursday, the breeze shifts back to SW 10-15 knots, seas 5 feet. Another weather system is anticipated to impact local waters next weekend. NOTE: Oregon State University has deployed six ocean condition monitoring buoys that contain sensitive research equipment in, and offshore of, the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve. They’re easy to spot, marked with a white float attached to a flagpole with an orange flag and a radar reflector.

On the Beach... Showers, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
05/04 Sun 10:43 AM -0.04 L
05/04 Sun 05:40 PM 6.25 H
05/04 Sun 10:51 PM 3.32 L
05/05 Mon 04:31 AM 6.71 H

In Short: Showers, windy, then slow drying.

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Going Coastal

By: NewportOr, 2:58 PM GMT on May 03, 2014

Saturday, May 3rd – Lincoln County

Loyalty Day Activities... Showers and sunbreaks early, then a 70 percent chance of rain by 11:00am, south winds 10-20 mph gusting 30, high 55F. Parade and Fun Run participants should be prepared for rain and wind.

Summary: In many respects, yesterday was a typical Central Coast Spring day, unlike the middle part of this past week. Cool temps, low clouds and drizzle made it feel, well, coastal. It’s the reason many people live here, especially those who don’t particularly like the heat. Light fog developed in the afternoon, reducing visibilities to around a mile for a while, southwest winds stayed below 10 mph and the mercury begrudgingly climbed to near 60F. Precipitation amounts were just barely measureable. Sky conditions were about the same overnight, and the thermometer dipped to the low-50s. The leading edge of a weather system arrived at about 5:30am this morning; the breeze backed to the south and rose to 15-20 mph gusting near 30 and spotty rain showers developed.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 60F/51F/0.02”
Depoe Bay: 58F/51F/0.03”
Newport: 55F/52F/0.01”
Waldport: 59F/52F/0.01”
Yachats: 55F/50F/0.01”

Forecast: A moderate weather system is on track to affect the Central Coast today, beginning with showers this morning and turning to steady rain by noon, highs of 55-60F, and south winds 15-20 mph with gusts to 30 or so. The rain and wind continue tonight, low around 50F. Tomorrow, steady rain turns to showers but the southerly breeze rises to 20-25 mph with gusts to 40, high temps about 55F. Outlook is for unsettled weather the rest of the week with showers, sunbreaks, variable winds and a cool, albeit seasonal, temperature range of 45-55F.

Long Range Outlook... This Summer is predicted to be hotter and drier than normal. Extended seasonal forecasts point to less moisture and higher temperatures for our area. Check out the NOAA Climate Prediction Center or Accuweather’s Summer Forecast for more information.

Travel: Highway 101 will be closed in both directions for the Loyalty Day Parade and Fun Run from 11:30am-1:30pm today through Newport from just north of NE 20th Street to near the Yaquina Bay Bridge. Traffic will be rerouted on side streets. In the Coast Range, rain today with temps of 55-60F. Valley destinations have rain likely and forecast highs of 60-65F. For the Cascades, rainy and breezy conditions are expected today with the snow level at 5,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers in the Coast Range and Willamette Valley is for rain today and tonight, showers tomorrow and tomorrow night. For the Cascades, rainy and windy with the snow level above the highway passes through tomorrow night.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 116”, a loss of 3” since yesterday, or 81% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Mt Bachelor 0/99/Wet
Mt Hood Meadows 0/110/Spring
Timberline 0/151/Spring

Marine: A weather front is easing its way in this morning and SW winds are up to 15-20 knots with seas at 7 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through tomorrow afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is posted from 11:00am this morning through tomorrow afternoon. S winds rising today to 20-25 knots gusting 30 and combined seas building to 8-10 feet. Tonight and tomorrow, the S wind continues at 20-25 knots with gusts to 30 along with rough seas 10-12 feet at 11 seconds. Outlook is for moderating conditions on Monday; SW winds dropping to 10-15 knots gusting 20 with seas subsiding to 6 feet. Tuesday and Wednesday, N to NW breezes 5-15 knots and swells 4-5 feet.

On the Beach... Rainy, windy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
05/03 Sat 09:57 AM -0.47 L
05/03 Sat 04:47 PM 6.46 H
05/03 Sat 09:56 PM 3.13 L
05/04 Sun 03:43 AM 7.27 H

In Short: Rain, breezy, showers, then unsettled.

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Blazers vs Coolers

By: NewportOr, 3:06 PM GMT on May 02, 2014

Friday, May 2nd – Lincoln County

Summary: The first half of yesterday’s weather game was dominated by the Valley Blazers (as in hot air from the east), shooting for 80 points on the Fahrenheit scale. But at halftime – noon to be exact - the opposing Coastal Coolers radically altered their game plan, suddenly switching the wind direction from east to southwest; peak temperatures began dropping in less than an hour. That classic wind-play brought ocean-cooled air onto the court and blocked the Blazers’ shot at a record high. From that point on, it was the Coolers’ game all the way. Temperatures never got out of the 70s. A sea breeze of 10-20 mph and low clouds started filling in during the late afternoon. By nightfall it was overcast and temps quickly dipped to the low 50s, where the situation remained at daybreak. Game over.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 77F/59F
Depoe Bay: 78F/52F
Newport: 77F/52F
Waldport: 73F/54F
Yachats: 72F/52F

No high temperature records were set along the Central Coast yesterday, but Northwest Oregon reported several. Downtown Portland climbed to 90F and PDX airport was 89F, both beating the record for May 1st of 85F set in 1998; Salem had 88F, the old record was 85F in 1947; Vancouver, WA, reached 88F, the previous high was 84F in 1998; Astoria claimed a record high for the second day in a row with 81F, the former mark was 78F in 1945; Hillsboro at 87F tied with 1998; McMinnville reached 88F surpassing 1998’s high of 85F; and Eugene topped out at 88F, tying with May 1st, 1947.

Forecast: The next few days will be strikingly different than the last few. It’ll be much cooler and turning wetter. Today, mostly cloudy, light winds, a chance of drizzle and a high about 60F. There’s a slight possibility of showers tonight, low of 50F, for those headed to the Loyalty Days Queen’s Coronation at the Newport PAC. Tomorrow, a weather front approaches with a 50-50 chance of rain and southwest winds rising to 10-15 mph gusting 20. The high temp should be around 55F. The bulk of the storm system moves through tomorrow night bringing steady rain, up to half an inch, and sou’westers 15-20 mph gusting 25 or better. Outlook for Sunday is breezy with heavy showers, maybe another half inch of precipitation. Then, mostly cloudy and a chance of showers for the balance of the week with cool temperatures, highs 55F, lows 45F.

Loyalty Days Parade... A 50 percent chance of rain by noon on Saturday, south winds 10-15 mph gusting 20, high 55F.

Travel: In the Coast Range, increasing clouds today with temps warming to 65-75F. Valley destinations will be partly sunny with highs of 75F. For the Cascades, mostly sunny and breezy today with the freezing level at 12,000 feet. A backcountry and high elevation Avalanche Warning is in effect. Outlook for weekend travelers in the Coast Range and Willamette Valley is for rain beginning tomorrow and lasting through Sunday night. For the Cascades, light rain or snow at times, with the snow level dropping to just above the highway passes by tomorrow and down to them Sunday and Sunday night. Carry chains or traction tires.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 119”, a loss of 4” since yesterday, or 81% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Mt Bachelor 0/103/Variable
Mt Hood Meadows 0/114/Spring
Timberline 0/156/Spring

Marine: It’s fairly settled on the ocean this morning with S winds at 10 knots and seas just under 5 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Not much change in conditions for the rest of today with S winds 10-15 knots and wave heights 4-5 feet. Tonight, the breeze becomes SW 10-15 knots and seas build to 8 feet. Tomorrow, it’s a different story as a moderate front approaches packing S winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 with rough seas 11-12 feet; the same for Sunday. Monday, W winds 10-15 knots, swells dropping to 6 feet. And for Tuesday, a light NW breeze at 10 knots, seas around 5 feet.

On the Beach... Overcast, fog/drizzle, light wind, 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.
Tides
05/02 Fri 09:13 AM -0.86 L
05/02 Fri 03:57 PM 6.72 H
05/02 Fri 09:08 PM 2.85 L
05/03 Sat 03:01 AM 7.82 H

In Short: Cool, cloudy, drizzle, then rainy and windy.

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One for the Record Book

By: NewportOr, 3:08 PM GMT on May 01, 2014

Thursday, May 1st – Lincoln County

Summary: The highest April temperatures in well over a hundred years were recorded along the Central Coast yesterday. The one-day heat wave pushed the mercury into the mid-80s and official records dating back to the 1880s fell. It was in April of 1900 that our previous record highs were set, but even those were surpassed on Wednesday. And, while a breeze is usually welcome in hot conditions, the east winds of 10-15 gusting into the 20s felt more like a blast furnace. Temperatures peaked between 3:00pm and 6:00pm, at which time the wind faded and the thermometer began easing down. Overnight and early this morning, skies remained mostly clear, there was a light east wind and temps dropped to about 60F.

Past 24 Hours High*/Low...
Lincoln City: 84F/58F
Depoe Bay: 84F/56F
Newport: 86F/54F
Waldport: 85F/58F
Yachats: 84F/60F

*A new official record high temperature for April 30th of 86F was set in Newport at the airport yesterday. This breaks the old daily record for the date of 81F set in 1900, and surpasses the all-time month of April record of 84F set on April 29th, 1900. Other Central Coast locations were hot, too, but they do not have official long term temperature archives. At the Astoria airport, a high temperature of 84F was recorded, which breaks the old mark of 75F set in 2004. McMinnville (85F), Salem (86F) and Eugene (82F) also set new records for the date.

Forecast: Cooler today. Highs are expected to top out around 70F and the light winds veer from east to southwest. This change in wind direction is indicative of a major change in the overall weather. We’ll start seeing a few high clouds today, and some patchy fog possibly developing tonight, low about 50F. Tomorrow, look for even cooler temps with highs about 60F, mostly cloudy skies and a chance of fog and drizzle at times. Outlook for Saturday is cloudy in the morning with an increasing chance of rain by afternoon. Saturday night, steady rain and a low of 50F. Showers are probable on Sunday, high 55F, followed by unsettled and relatively cool weather the remainder of the week with highs of 55F and lows of 45F.

Loyalty Days Parade... A 30 percent chance of rain by noon on Saturday, high 55F.

Travel: In the Coast Range, sunny today with temps warming to 75-85F. Valley destinations will be hot again with highs near 90F under sunny skies. For the Cascades, sunshine and breezy today with the freezing level at 13,000 feet. A backcountry and high elevation Avalanche Warning is in effect.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 123”, a loss of 7” since yesterday, or 83% of normal. Weekly snow total, -7”; difference from last year, +6”. These statistics are for the Hood/Deschutes snow basin. Other basins are much lower. Willamette is 51% of normal; Rogue is only 30%; and Klamath is at just 20%.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Mt Bachelor 0/108/Hard Packed
Mt Hood Meadows 0/119/Packed Powder
Timberline 0/159/Packed Powder

Marine: Here’s a good opportunity to get out on the ocean as it’s dead calm this morning and seas are down to 4 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Not much to fret about the rest of today, either, with S winds 10-15 knots and a 5 foot mixed swell. Tomorrow, a W to SW breeze about 10 knots with wave heights holding at 5 feet. Outlook is for a bit of a blow this weekend beginning Saturday afternoon as SW winds rise to 20-25 knots, and seas build to 10-12 feet. Ditto for Sunday. Easing conditions are expected by Monday as the wind veers to the W at 15 knots and seas fall to 6-8 feet.

On the Beach... Sunny, light wind, 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.
Tides
05/01 Thu 08:31 AM -1.14 L
05/01 Thu 03:10 PM 6.98 H
05/01 Thu 08:25 PM 2.52 L
05/02 Fri 02:21 AM 8.31 H

In Short: Mostly clear, cooler, light wind, then increasing clouds and rain.

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