Monday, Feb. 24th – Lincoln County
Summary: The yin and yang of Central Coast weather was readily apparent yesterday. A sunny and frosty morning with temperatures around 35F (see Weather Factoid below), gave way to overcast skies and light rain by afternoon, and highs topped out at 50-55F. Rainfall amounts were heaviest in the northern section; Lincoln City recorded about a quarter of an inch. Winds were strongest in the south; Yachats had the peak gust of 26 mph. A low ceiling and light rain showers prevailed overnight and into this morning with lows near 40F.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 55F/40F/0.24”
Depoe Bay: 50F/39F/0.11”
Forecast: Nothing to write home about. Humdrum conditions are in store for the Central Coast over the rest of the week, with the possible exception of a high temp approaching 60F tomorrow along with a respectable dose of sunshine. Otherwise, the outlook is for mostly cloudy, occasional light rain showers, and not much wind. We might see a bit of heavier rain on Wednesday night. Night and day temperatures through the week, except for tomorrow, should be between 45F and 55F.
Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 were open, above freezing with wet pavement and will be warming into the mid-50s today. Highway 101 along the Central Coast has no delays. Valley destinations are expecting showers, wet pavement and highs in the 50s today. In the Cascades, highways are just above freezing with a few icy spots. Carry chains or traction tires. The snow level is above the passes at 7,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 118”, a loss of 3” since yesterday, or 75% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 1/111/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 0/113/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/45/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 2/132/Packed Powder
Marine: Winds are holding steady at 15-20 knots out of the SE this morning with choppy seas 5 feet and wind waves 4 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for S winds gusting to 25 knots ends at 10:00am this morning. Could still see a few gusts to 20 today, but overall the breeze is going lighter, 5-10 knots gusting 15. Seas should stay in the 3-4 foot range. About the same conditions are expected for tonight and tomorrow. Outlook is for southerlies through the week ahead, 5-15 knots, with seas elevating by Wednesday to 9-11 feet, but falling again Thursday into Friday. No major storms on the horizon.
On the Beach… Cloudy, showers, light wind, surf 3-4 feet (low).
02/24 Mon 02:12 PM 0.27 L
02/24 Mon 08:57 PM 6.42 H
02/25 Tue 01:52 AM 3.42 L
02/25 Tue 08:05 AM 8.86 H
In Short: Overcast, showers, a break, then more showers.
Weather Factoid: How come there’s frost when the thermometer shows a reading above freezing? Typically, we begin seeing frosty roads and lawns when the temperature dips to 35F or so. The main reason* there’s icing of any type at 35F has to do with where thermometer sensors are commonly positioned. Though in reality it does have to be 32F or below for any variety of ice to form, most outdoor thermometers are at minimum a few feet above the ground, so they read a little higher. Cold air, which is heavier than warmer air, sinks to the lowest level, so it is undeniably 32F or below anywhere you see the frost or ice form. *There are other complex reasons why frost forms first on certain surfaces like windshields and rooftops, but we’ll save that for later.