Wednesday, Mar. 12th – Lincoln County
Summary: Except for pluviophiles, and hydrologists worried about our low snowpack, most folks enjoyed the sunshine and spent time outdoors yesterday. There were lots of people on the beaches, picnic tables and hiking trails got some use, and more than a few lawn mowers were rolled out of garages. Highs were generally in the mid-50s; Lincoln City was the warmest, Yachats the coolest. The only damper on the day was the east wind blowing 15-20 mph with a peak gust of 28 recorded at Waldport. Skies remained clear overnight, east winds continued blowing and the mercury stayed in the 40s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 57F/42F
Depoe Bay: 55F/37F
Forecast: Another sunny one on tap for today with a high up around 60F. The east wind is expected to fade by this afternoon, and switch to northwest for a while before going calm. Partly cloudy tonight with a low of 35F or a little above. Tomorrow should be mostly sunny with a high about 55F. Outlook is for a short hiatus on Friday with a good chance of rain, light winds and highs in the low-50s. Then back to mostly sunny for Saturday, high 60F, partly sunny Sunday with a slight chance of rain.
Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with spots of ice and temperatures around freezing, but warming to near 60F this afternoon. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is well above freezing and clear, though there was a rock-fall reported just north of Cascade Head early today causing minimum delays. Valley destinations have mostly bare pavement this morning with frost in spots; sunshine and the warmest temperatures of 2014 are forecast today, 65-70F. In the Cascades, highway passes are right at freezing with spots of ice. The freezing level is 10,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 111”, a loss of 2” since yesterday, or 72% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo 4/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 3/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 0/111/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 7/109/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 4/29/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 9/73/Powder
Cascadia: The third earthquake in the past few days struck off the Oregon Coast last evening. The magnitude 5.1 shaker, 255 miles west of Coos Bay, was recorded at 5:31pm. It was felt ashore at Cape Meares and in Portland. No tsunami was generated. A minor 3.0 magnitude quake was logged about 90 miles west of Bandon last Friday afternoon, and a 6.8 on Sunday night west of Crescent City shook parts of Northern California.
Marine: The wind won’t be an issue today, but rising seas will. This morning, seas are about 9 feet and the breeze is E at 10 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for all recreational vessels and uninspected passenger vessels 36 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 24 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect until tomorrow morning. Wave heights build to 11-13 feet today, subsiding below 10 feet by Thursday afternoon. E winds 10-15 knots, going light this afternoon. Tomorrow, N winds 10 knots. Outlook is for a front to pass through on Friday bearing S winds 15-20 knots, seas 7 feet. Southerlies are forecast for the weekend, 10-15 knots, but seas rising substantially on Sunday to 13-17 feet.
On the Beach… Sunny, light wind, surf 8-11 feet (moderate).
03/12 Wed 10:14 AM 7.45 H
03/12 Wed 04:58 PM 0.74 L
03/12 Wed 11:33 PM 6.81 H
03/13 Thu 05:02 AM 2.73 L
In Short: Clear, light wind, then clouds and a chance of rain.