Thursday, Jan. 16th – Lincoln County
Summary: The Full Wolf Moon was nearly bright enough to read by through the night, but your book pages would have been flapping in the gusty east wind. During yesterday’s sunshine and highs around 60F, those east winds were blowing about 15 mph, with a peak gust of 28 mph at Lincoln City, which also recorded the lowest high temperature along the Central Coast on Wednesday. This morning, skies remained clear with temps hovering around the 40F mark but the breeze made it feel much cooler.
Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City: 54F/42F
Depoe Bay: 55F/38F
Forecast: A visitor asked recently, “Does the wind blow like this all the time?” The answer was simple. “No. In the summer it comes from the other direction.” We rarely get a break. In Summer when it’s clear, the northwest wind blows most of the day. On cloudless Winter days, we have to deal with east wind. But, who’s complaining? As most Central Coast residents would agree, “At least it’s not raining.” (And, unlike the Willamette Valley, we’re not currently fogged-in most of the day.) So the forecast is for sunny and breezy today, easterlies 10-15 mph gusting 20 or higher, though we could also see dips in wind speed from time to time. High should be up around 60F. Clear tonight, low of 40F. More sun tomorrow and possibly a bit warmer, high in the low 60s, but still breezy. Outlook is for a minor change on Saturday to partly cloudy and cooler, high in the low-50s, low about 43F. Additional cloud-cover on Sunday and a very slight chance of light rain Sunday night before we’re back to mostly sunny for the Martin Luther King Day holiday.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open and just above freezing this morning with temperatures rising to the mid-50s today. Expect patchy fog and areas of dense fog, mainly east of the Coast Range passes. Valley destinations will have areas of fog, sometimes dense, all week. In the Cascades, mostly bare pavement through the passes; the freezing level is at 12,000 feet.
Marine: Fairly benign conditions on the ocean this morning with seas down to 6 feet and ENE winds 5-10 knots, with a few stronger gusts near shore. Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 16 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. For today, tonight and tomorrow, E wind 5-10 knots gusting 20 occasionally, seas 5 feet. Outlook is for a switch to S winds 10-15 knots Friday night and Saturday, with seas 7 feet building to 9-10 feet. Sunday and Monday, winds from the SE 10 knots, seas 11-12 feet with a few 14 footers in the series.
On the Beach… Sunny, breezy, surf 5 feet.
01/16 Thu 11:49 AM 8.88 H
01/16 Thu 06:40 PM -0.22 L
01/17 Fri 01:20 AM 7.56 H
01/17 Fri 06:34 AM 3.29 L
In Short: Mostly clear, relatively warm and breezy.