Tuesday, Apr. 8th – Lincoln County
Summary: The sun was 94,599,021.517 miles from Earth yesterday. A mile or two closer and it may have had the necessary oomph to burn off more of the marine layer that socked us in for most of the day. There were a couple of short sunbreaks before noon, but generally the sun was filtered at best. Peak winds were only about 10 mph and highs ranged from the low-50s to 60F. (Just a few miles to the east, Coast Range temperatures rose into the 70s yesterday.) Drizzle overnight barely produced measurable precipitation, and lows were in the 40s. This morning, there was light fog, thinning low clouds and a brightening sky with temps in the upper-40s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Depoe Bay: 56F/49F/0.02”
Forecast: We’re a little farther away from the sun today, but the marine layer is shallower, so we should see some blue sky before increasing clouds develop. A weak front is approaching the Central Coast and light rain is possible by late this afternoon, high about 55F. Tonight, rain is likely with a low of 45F and light winds. Tomorrow, the remnants of the weather system are expected to dissipate through the day and sunshine is forecast for the afternoon; high again around 55F. Outlook Thursday through Sunday is for patchy morning fog but mostly sunny days with highs of 55-65F, partly cloudy nights with lows of 40-45F, and increasing northwest winds in the afternoons.
Travel: In the Coast Range, fog early, mostly cloudy, showers late, highs of 60-65F. Valley destinations have patchy fog this morning, then mostly cloudy today with highs near 70F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy skies and the freezing level is at 10,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 127”, a loss of 2” since yesterday, or 77% of normal for this date.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo Closed Mon-Fri
Willamette Pass Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 0/122/Variable
Mt Hood Meadows 2/124/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl Closed Mon-Thu
Timberline Lodge 0/118/Machine Groomed
Marine: Visibility is the only issue for boaters this morning as drizzle and fog hamper sight distances. The wind is calm and seas are about 7 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A decaying weather front is forecast to move across local waters today producing SW winds of 10-15 knots gusting 20 and seas of 7 feet. Tonight, the breeze veers to the N 10-15 knots gusting 20 with seas holding at 7 feet. Tomorrow, northerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20-25, and a lumpy 7 foot swell with 4 foot wind waves. Outlook is for N winds the rest of the week, 15-20 knots gusting higher in the late afternoons and evenings, and seas hovering around 6-7 feet.
On the Beach… Fog, sunbreaks, showers, calm, surf 6-7 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/08 Tue 07:31 AM 6.34 H
04/08 Tue 02:27 PM 1.13 L
04/08 Tue 09:22 PM 6.17 H
04/09 Wed 02:56 AM 3.12 L
In Short: Mostly cloudy, light rain, calm, then clearing and breezy.