Wednesday, Jan. 1st – Lincoln County
Summary: Happy New Year! First, a look at the dry December we had on the Central Coast. Normal precipitation for the month here is 11.36”; this year, only 3.05” during December. There were considerably fewer cloudy days as well. But who can forget the 4 inches of snow and deep freeze weather in the first week of the month! Yesterday was more in line with our recent pattern with the sun eventually burning through the clouds, and clearing skies overnight. There were a few light showers; however they were produced by fireworks and streamers with a light dusting of confetti on the ground. Tuesday’s highs topped out about 50F with lows near 40F. The Yachats weather station recorded 0.01” of precipitation in the early morning hours, elsewhere the Central Coast was dry. Light winds from the east peaked at 10 knots. It was mostly clear at daybreak today with a few foggy spots in the area.
Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 52F/43F
Forecast: Although it should be a good omen that we’re starting off the brand new year dry, the situation is about to change. Today’s forecast includes a mix of sun and clouds with a high in the low 50s, east winds 10-15 knots early becoming calm, patchy fog. Tonight the clouds are predicted to thicken, low about 40F, and calm. Tomorrow an approaching weather front, stronger that we’ve seen for a while, will begin working its way in bringing increasing clouds and a chance of rain by afternoon, high of 50F or so. It now looks like the bulk of the precipitation with this system will fall tomorrow night; up to a quarter of an inch of rain is predicted. Doesn’t look like much wind with this system, maybe 10-15 knots from the southwest. Outlook is for rain turning to showers on Friday, mostly sunny, cooler and dry again for the weekend with patchy fog, and rain possible by Tuesday.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 passes are just at freezing this morning with patchy fog, but should be ice-free shortly with a high of 45-50F today. Portland and Corvallis are foggy today, but above freezing and should remain that way until colder temperatures return Friday night. Cascade passes are clear today with the freezing level at 9,000 feet. Holiday travelers, however, face Cascade highway pass snow showers Thursday night through Friday night, with the freezing level plummeting to 3,000 feet.
Marine: Fairly quiet on the ocean this morning with winds from the ENE at 10 knots, seas down to 6 feet, and those conditions are expected to continue through this New Years Day. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A change begins tonight when the wind veers to southerly, but light, seas 4-5 feet. Tomorrow W wind begins increasing to 10-15 knots, seas building to 9 feet, with a chance of rain by evening. Outlook is for stronger winds out of the N Friday and Friday night, 10-15 knots gusting 20, possibly 25 knots, seas 8 feet. A diminishing NE breeze is forecast for the weekend with seas subsiding slowly to 5 feet by Sunday. NOTE: A temporary yellow research lighted buoy has been deployed in local waters at position 44-38-14.640N, 124-18-12.660W. The buoy is yellow, marked with a flashing yellow four-second light (FL Y 4) and a radar reflector.
On the Beach… Partly to mostly cloudy, light wind, surf 5-6 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, rocky outcrops or sandspits where you can easily be swept away. This can be a very dangerous situation. If you’d like to help photographically record the King Tides through tomorrow, go here http://www.coastalatlas.net/kingtides/ for more information.
01/01 Wed 11:18 AM 10.59 H
01/01 Wed 06:15 PM -1.9 L
01/02 Thu 12:56 AM 8.26 H
01/02 Thu 06:08 AM 2.77 L
In Short: Partly to mostly cloudy, rain, back to sunny.