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.
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.

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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