Sunday, Dec. 29th – Lincoln County
Summary: It wasn’t exactly an SPF-30 sunscreen day, but lots of sunshine bathed our area yesterday making it about as nice here as it gets in December. That happened, of course, prior to the spoilers –- a round of thin, low clouds — arriving just before dark. But all was not lost. The clouds made the sunset even more marvelous. Highs yesterday in the low 50s, overnight lows in the upper 30s, winds were basically light, 5-10 knots, from the northeast, with a peak gust of 21 knots recorded at Yachats. The skies cleared again overnight and morning temperatures in the mid 30s produced frosty windshields.
Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 52F/37F
Forecast: At least one more mostly sunny and relatively warm day on tap today with highs in the low 50s, patchy fog and light northeast winds. It won’t be too chilly this evening if you’re planning to attend the last night of the Sea of Lights at the Oregon Coast Aquarium; tonight’s low about 40F. Outlook is for a slow transformation in the week ahead to additional cloud cover. There’s a chance of rain on New Years Eve, then a brief partly sunny break on New Years Day, before a mostly cloudy regime develops with the possibility of some light rain late in the week into next weekend.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 passes are just at freezing this morning, but warming through the day to 45-50F. Expect areas of fog tonight through tomorrow. A bad crash on Highway 20 about 2 miles west of Philomath caused serious delays of up to two hours early today, but traffic should be moving normally soon. Portland, Corvallis and other Valley destinations are above freezing with patchy fog forecast through tomorrow. Cascade highway passes are free and clear with the freezing level at 10,000 feet and the next chance of snow not until Tuesday night.
Marine: Seas are at 6 feet this morning and the breeze is only about 10 knots out of the NE. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. However, it appears the NE wind will be picking up later today to 10-15 knots with gusts to 20 and occasional gusts near 25 knots possible. Wind waves 4 feet along with the 6-7 foot swell will make it a little lumpy on the water for the next 24 hours. Winds ease after midnight to 5-10 knots, but seas will be up to around 9 feet. Outlook is for the NE wind to veer to the S tomorrow afternoon and SW by Tuesday with the arrival of a weak front and slowly changing conditions over the next few days. No serious wind with this change, though, just southerlies 5-15 knots through the week, and seas 7-9 feet.
On the Beach… Partly cloudy, light winds, patchy fog, surf 4-6 feet. Good tidepooling at Yaquina Head’s Cobble Beach beginning by early afternoon.
12/29 Sun 08:45 AM 9.65 H
12/29 Sun 03:56 PM -0.44 L
12/29 Sun 10:35 PM 6.82 H
12/30 Mon 03:21 AM 3.43 L
In Short: Mostly sunny, light winds, patchy fog, then mostly cloudy.
NOTE: The 2013 Oregon Weather Roundup from OSU is available at this link… http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2013/dec/20 13-weather-roundup-wettest-september-doesn%E2%80%9 9t-offset-dry-year