Wednesday, Jan. 15th – Lincoln County
Summary: If the mostly blue sky and relatively warm air didn’t tip you off, maybe the sound of a lawnmower in your neighborhood or a motorcycle rumbling by brought home the unseasonably pleasant weather yesterday. Following a chilly but not cold morning in the low-40s, the sun was shining and only a few gusts of east wind, peak of 24 mph at Newport, ruffled our feathers. For the most part it was indeed a spring-like day. Temperatures were near 60F; Waldport actually topped out there to claim the warmest spot on the Central Coast. Partly cloudy skies prevailed overnight and into this morning with a little stronger east wind.
Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City: 58F/42F
Depoe Bay: 58F/40F
Forecast: Outside of a tad more east wind today, the forecast is a copy and paste from yesterday; mostly sunny, high near 60F. Tonight, right-click and drop in mostly clear with a low about 40F for the Full Wolf Moon (see Weather Factoid below). Sunny skies and a little warmer for tomorrow, maybe 62F or so but east winds gusting to 20 mph. Outlook is for continued mostly clear and even warmer by Friday when we may hit 65F. Nighttime lows in the low-40s. Moderate gusty east winds all week. We’re still eyeing a minor weather disturbance over the coming weekend with increasing clouds and a slight chance of rain.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open and at 35F or so this morning with temperatures rising to the mid-50s today. Expect areas of fog (mainly east of the Coast Range passes) and frosty spots nights and mornings through Friday. Valley destinations will have areas of fog, sometimes dense, with frosty streets overnight and into the morning hours all week. In the Cascades, mostly bare pavement, a few icy spots at night, the freezing level is at 10,000 feet.
Cascadia: A magnitude 2.5 earthquake occurred on the sea floor 114 miles west of Cannon Beach around 7:30pm last night. It was apparently not felt on shore.
Marine: The NNE breeze is up a notch this morning, 15 knots gusting 20, but seas are down to 9 feet. Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 30 feet and less, and for uninspected passenger vessels 24 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Today through Friday, mostly clear skies, easterly winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 with slowly subsiding seas, 7 feet tonight, and down to 5 feet by tomorrow. Outlook is for winds veering to the S over the weekend, 10-15 knots, and seas building to 10-12 feet. Seas may reach into the low teens by early next week as a larger swell train arrives from the west.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, light but gusty wind, surf 7-8 feet.
01/15 Wed 11:13 AM 8.97 H
01/15 Wed 06:08 PM -0.25 L
01/16 Thu 12:49 AM 7.4 H
01/16 Thu 05:56 AM 3.43 L
In Short: Mostly clear, moderate east wind, warmer.
Weather Factoid: Tonight, the ‘Mini-Moon of 2014’ –- the smallest the moon will appear when full for the entire year –- occurs at 8:53pm. It’s called the Full Wolf Moon because January is the time of year with the harshest weather and least food availability, making hungry wolves howl.