Monday, Dec. 30th – Lincoln County
Summary: It’s a tough call whether yesterday was mostly cloudy or mostly sunny. While we had thin clouds above us almost all day, the filtered sun seemed to have no problem creating shadows. Highs were generally at predictions in the low 50s, though Lincoln City didn’t quite make the mark. Likewise, overnight lows were close to the forecast of 40F. Light east winds of 10 knots or so also helped to make Sunday outings comfortable. Overnight, the cloud cover thickened and at daybreak it is warmer than most recent mornings. Plus, we are frostless for a change.
Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 49F/40F
Forecast: There’s still no serious joy for pluviophiles (rain lovers) in the near term, but changes are definitely on the horizon. Mostly cloudy skies and a high around 50F today for those headed down to the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center just south of Yachats for the “Experiencing Gray Whales” talk around the lunch hour. Winds are expected to be light, 5-10 knots, from the east-southeast. Clouds thicken tonight, low 42F. Tomorrow, a high again around 50F with a slight chance of rain, and cloudy skies, through your New Years Eve party; low 40F. Cloudy New Years Day, highs holding around 50F. Outlook is for unsettled weather the rest of the week, and a good chance for pluviophile delight Thursday and Thursday night. Mostly cloudy Friday and into next weekend, highs and lows in the 40s.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 passes are all just above freezing today, and warming to the low 50s, as are the Cascade highway passes. Expect areas of fog through tomorrow morning in the Coast Range. Portland, Corvallis and other locations in the Valley are expecting areas of fog but they are also warmer with no ice. Outlook for holiday travelers is good with no serious issues except a slight chance of snow showers in the Cascade passes New Years Eve.
Marine: The biggest issue this morning is seas, which are at 9 feet. NE winds are less than 10 knots. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect until 10:00am today, when the swell should be down to 8 feet and then 7 feet by tonight. Winds veering to SE 5-10 knots this afternoon and then to SW tonight and tomorrow. Outlook is for fairly light ENE winds until Thursday when a weather system is expected to arrive with southerly winds ramping up to 15-20 knots, possibly gusting 25. Seas should be staying 6-8 feet most of this week until they rebuild to 10 feet on Friday.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, light breeze, surf 7-8 feet.
12/30 Mon 09:35 AM 10.12 H
12/30 Mon 04:43 PM -1.15 L
12/30 Mon 11:24 PM 7.33 H
12/31 Tue 04:18 AM 3.28 L
In Short: Cloudy, light winds, chance of rain.