Tuesday, Dec. 31st – Lincoln County
Summary: Out with the old (sunny), in with the new (cloudy). The next to last day of 2013 turned out to be as expected with mostly cloudy skies and highs around 50F, lows near 40F. Winds were under 10 knots. We did experience a brief clearing period after dark and for part of the night, but it didn’t allow enough cooling for temperatures to fall dramatically into the frost zone. This morning, the clouds have returned, the winds have shifted to the south and temps are near 40F.
Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 52F/43F
Forecast: Ho hum weather for this final day of the year… mostly cloudy, patchy fog, light southwest wind and a high about 50F. For your New Years Eve celebration tonight, continued mostly cloudy skies, low of 40F and light northwest winds. We start off the New Year tomorrow in the same vein with mostly cloudy skies, a chance for a sunbreak here and there, high of 50F and a low in the low 40s. Outlook is for a major change on Thursday with rain developing in the afternoon and continuing through the night. We could see up to a quarter inch of the wet stuff before it tails off to showers on Friday. For the weekend, partly sunny, patchy fog, light winds. Temperatures remaining in the 40s throughout the extended period.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 passes are reporting temperatures in the low 30s this morning, but warming to 45F or so this afternoon. Some spots of ice and fog during nighttime hours. Willamette Valley locations will be cloudy and foggy at times but above freezing now and through the weekend. Cascade passes are also in the mid-to-upper 30s today. Outlook for both the Coast Range and Cascade highways is patchy fog, a chance of rain, possibly a couple of snow showers on Thursday night, but passes remaining passable.
Marine: The wind has come around to the S this morning, at 10 knots and seas are 7 feet. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are currently unrestricted. But, very strong ebb currents this afternoon could alter bar conditions rapidly and make crossing them tricky, especially Yaquina Bay bar. Light S winds, 5-10 knots, veering through the compass over the next 24 hours to N, then W, eventually to NE. Seas holding around 7 feet. Outlook is for a change to S winds again on Thursday, rising to 10-15 knots gusting 20 or a little higher, seas 5 feet. Seas building Thursday night to 9-10 feet, wind easing and veering back to the W, before going N again on Friday and Saturday, seas slowly subsiding to 7 feet for the weekend.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, light wind, surf 7 feet. Use extreme caution around this week’s King Tides, both highs and lows, where water levels will be changing rapidly. Do not venture out onto jetties, offshore rocks, pocket beaches or sandspits where you can easily get cut off from shore. This can be a very dangerous situation. On the upside, if you’d like to help photographically record the King Tides through January 2nd, go here http://www.coastalatlas.net/kingtides/ for more information.
12/31 Tue 10:26 AM 10.46 H
12/31 Tue 05:30 PM -1.66 L
01/01 Wed 12:11 AM 7.8 H
01/01 Wed 05:14 AM 2.99 L
In Short: Mostly cloudy, light winds, then rain.