Monday, Jan. 13th – Lincoln County
Summary: Although Sunday was overcast all day with showers, mainly in the morning hours, a settling-down pattern was definitely in the air. Following the week of intense storm systems, we got most of Sunday off. Before noon, winds were still southwest 15-25 mph, with a peak gust of 36 at Lincoln City. By afternoon, the trees were barely rustling. Temperatures stayed in the upper-40s to low-50s, and rainfall was less than half an inch, the bulk of which fell early in the day. There was some drizzle from evening through the overnight period into this morning, but no wind to speak of.
Past 24 hours high/low/rain…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 53F/48F/0.45”
Forecast: The first half of today we’ll be clearing out the leftovers, and should have a fresh weather meal on the table by this afternoon. The sun is working in the kitchen and will be serving it up by this afternoon. On the menu, a high in the mid-50s and mostly sunny skies. Tonight, patchy fog developing, low about 40F, light winds. Tomorrow, mostly sunny and a high close to 60F with east winds under 10 mph. Outlook is for dry, partly cloudy days, highs near 60F, nights with patchy fog, lows in the low-40s, and light winds through Friday. There’s a chance of rain returning over the weekend, but it is not associated with any serious weather systems.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open and well above freezing today with wet pavement and foggy spots. Corvallis, Portland and other locations in the Willamette Valley are expected to clear today, but will have areas of fog and nighttime temps around freezing through Friday. In the Cascades, the freezing level has risen above the highway passes and is forecast to stay that way all week.
Marine: Significant improvement today on local waters with winds from the W at 5-8 knots and seas down to about 10 feet. However, a Small Craft Advisory remains in effect through late tonight for seas up to 12 feet. Depoe Bay bar remains closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 20 feet and less. Winds should be fairly light today, 5-10 knots, slowly veering to N and then NE by Tuesday, and seas falling below 10 feet by tomorrow night. Outlook is for easterlies 10-15 knots gusting 20, seas 6-8 feet. A chance for a little stronger wind and slightly elevated seas exists for Friday night through Sunday.
On the Beach… Fog, partly sunny, light winds, surf 10-12 feet. A few larger ‘sneaker’ waves are still in the mix today, so be careful if you’re near the surf especially during this morning’s high tide.
01/13 Mon 09:55 AM 8.96 H
01/13 Mon 05:00 PM -0.03 L
01/13 Mon 11:43 PM 7.01 H
01/14 Tue 04:37 AM 3.7 L
In Short: Clearing, patchy fog, warmer, light winds.
Weather Factoid: Wind speed versus the power it generates is exponential. If you double the wind speed, you increase the energy it generates by a factor of eight. So, a 50 mph wind is actually eight times more powerful, and considerably more damaging, than a 25 mph wind.
Updated: 4:28 PM GMT on January 13, 2014