Tuesday, Jan. 14th – Lincoln County
Summary: With everyone coming out of their storm lairs yesterday, emergency responders were busy with domestic disturbances, traffic violations, fires and half-naked people yelling in the street. It apparently doesn’t take much sunshine to amplify dubious activity. By lunchtime, morning clouds, lows around 40F and minor drizzle gave way to filtered sun, the first honest to goodness shadows we’ve seen for a while, light winds and a high in the low-50s. About 2:00pm, the wispy clouds had dissipated substantially and mostly sunny skies prevailed until just before dark when a smattering of low and thin clouds developed in time to prevent a solar overdose. Most of the clouds evaporated overnight and this morning before sunrise, a bright, nearly-full moon lit up the ocean off to the west.
Past 24 hours high/low/rain…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 54F/44F/0.01”
Forecast: Patchy fog early, then lotsa sunshine, highs in the upper 50s and light to moderate east winds today. And, though it might be jumping the gun to be thinking about baseball already, the weather will remain nice enough to dream about it anyway, with Kevin Costner at the Newport Library’s literary flicks presentation this evening of “Field of Dreams.” Overnight, light wind, patchy fog, partly cloudy skies and a low in the low-40s. For tomorrow, sunny after morning patchy fog with a high close to 60F. Outlook is for sunny and warmer through Friday. Highs 60F or better, lows in the 40s, and light east winds. A small weather disturbance is on the radar for the weekend with a chance of rain.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open, but near freezing this morning. Temperatures are rising to the mid-50s today. Patchy fog and frosty spots overnight all week. Once you reach the east side of the Coast Range passes, expect dense fog; also frost overnight and into the morning hours. In the Valley, morning frosty streets and dense fog with visibilities reduced to less than a quarter mile (Corvallis is currently totally socked-in). Cascade highway passes may have spots of ice at night, but otherwise clear. The freezing level is at 10,000 feet.
Marine: A Small Craft Advisory is in effect for Central Coast waters through this afternoon for seas 10-12 feet. This morning they are right at 12 feet, and winds are out of the NE about 10 knots. Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 26 feet and less. Seas should be down to 9 feet later today and to 8 feet tomorrow. Northerly winds 10-15 knots. Outlook is for E to NE wind 10-15 knots, seas 7-8 feet. A minor system is predicted for Saturday and Sunday with winds coming around to the S 10-15 knots and seas building back to 12 feet.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, light wind, surf 10 feet.
01/14 Tue 10:35 AM 8.99 H
01/14 Tue 05:35 PM -0.18 L
01/15 Wed 12:18 AM 7.22 H
01/15 Wed 05:18 AM 3.57 L
In Short: Mostly clear, patchy fog, unseasonably warm.