Blazers vs Coolers

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

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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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