Heavenly Showers

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

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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.

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