The Milky Way is Missing

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

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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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