Sunday, Jan. 26th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday was indeed a summer-like, top-down, Beach Boys on the car stereo sort of day. Record highs were set in Lincoln City, Depoe Bay and Newport. The southern end of our area was cooler, but not by much. East winds held at predictions of 10-15 mph, with a peak gust of 18 at Depoe Bay. Skies remained clear overnight and winds were relatively light, with lows in the low-40s. This morning, a few high clouds were visible but also, off to the southeast, the planet Venus and a waning crescent Moon just before sunrise. It was an elegant beginning for a ‘summer’ Sunday.
Past 24 hours high/low – Historic record high…
Lincoln City: 62F*/47F – 58F (2003)
Depoe Bay: 64F*/41F – 61F (1988)
Newport: 64F*/43F – 61F (1988)
Waldport: 58F/43F – 62F (1986)
Yachats: 59F/45F – 62F (1986)
* New record high on Saturday
Forecast: One more time. Another June in January day is expected. We could see near record highs again and lighter east winds, possibly very light by this afternoon. Ironically, it’ll be mostly sunny and quite warm, highs around 60F, for people attending the Newport Warming Shelter volunteer training today at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. Another round of east winds, 10-15 mph gusting 25, is a probability by this evening and into tomorrow. These will be produced not by the recently-entrenched California-based thermal low, but by the approach of our first weather system in a while. Tomorrow should begin mostly sunny but clouds are forecast to increase throughout the day with a chance for rain by evening; high 55F, low 45F. Outlook is for an extended period of unstable weather with a mix of sun, clouds and rain. There are elevated chances of rain Monday night through Wednesday. Highs during the week ahead in the 50s, lows in the 40s, winds light to moderate.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open and below freezing this morning with spots of ice, but warming to 55F later today. Highway 101 temperatures are well above freezing through the Central Coast region. Valley destinations are frosty this morning, but will be sunny this afternoon with patchy fog tonight. In the Cascades, highways have mostly bare pavement with icy spots. The freezing level is at 9,000 feet, but plummeting by tomorrow night to 3,000 feet with snow possible in the passes.
Cascades Snow Pack… 49”, no change since yesterday.
Marine: Not much action on local waters this morning with the E wind down to 5-10 knots and seas at 5-6 feet. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Those conditions should hold through tonight, but tomorrow the approach of the first in a series of weather fronts will bring the breeze around to the SE 10-15 knots gusting 20, and seas building to 9 feet by Monday night. Outlook is for southerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20 on Tuesday with seas rising to 12 feet. Winds veering to the N on Wednesday, 5-15 knots, switching back to S Thursday, 10-20 knots, and seas subsiding to 7-9 feet.
On the Beach… Sunny, light east wind, surf 6-8 feet.
01/26 Sun 02:40 PM 0.39 L
01/26 Sun 09:18 PM 6.32 H
01/27 Mon 02:01 AM 3.59 L
01/27 Mon 08:22 AM 9.49 H
In Short: Mostly sunny, variable east wind, then cloudy with rain.