Friday, Apr. 11th – Lincoln County
Summary: The forecast and reality were perfectly attuned yesterday as we began with sunshine and calm winds. Then, right on schedule, the northwest winds ramped-up at noon to 20-25 mph and blew steadily through about 10:30pm last night. High temps were in the mid-50s and Waldport again had the peak wind gust of 36 mph. The breeze went totally calm at midnight and lows dropped to around 40F. This morning, some low clouds were visible several miles offshore, but otherwise there was blue sky and winds were light.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 58F/40F/26mph
Depoe Bay: 56F/38F/24mph
Forecast: Okay, here’s the plan for a day in the life of Central Coast residents or visitors. The morning hours today would be a good time for a beach walk or heading up to Yaquina Head or Cape Foulweather for some whale watching. The gray whale cows and their new calves are migrating by now and they’re generally closer to shore than the rest of the herd. High temps today around 55F. This afternoon when the sea breeze comes up out of the northwest 20-25 mph, move inland a ways to the wind-sheltered Newport Bayfront to watch the cavorting sea lions, take a hike along Beaver Creek or visit the bird sculpture display at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. Tonight, while it’s still breezy, duck into the Embarcadero to try out the new dance floor as the Lincoln Pops Big Band swings you into Spring. Low tonight in the mid-40s. Tomorrow, the forecast looks nearly identical to today, so you can plan your day accordingly. Outlook is for a nearly Summer day on Sunday with much lighter winds and highs of 65-70F. Monday should be so so, but a change is brewing after that with unsettled weather, a southerly flow and an increasing chance of showers and rain later in the week.
Travel: In the Coast Range, possible spots of ice on the highways this morning as temps are near 35F, then sunny and warming to 60-70F. Valley destinations will be mostly sunny with highs of 65-70F. For the Cascades, mostly sunny with the freezing level at 10,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 121”, a loss of 1” since yesterday, or 72% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo Closed Mon-Fri
Willamette Pass Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 0/114/Spring
Mt Hood Meadows 0/117/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/46/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 0/154/Machine Groomed
Marine: The situation this morning is quite similar to yesterday with N winds 20-25 knots and seas a tad above 7 feet offshore. Winds are lighter near shore. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 16 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory remains in effect through tonight for N winds 20-25 knots gusting to 30 and choppy seas 6-7 feet with 4 foot wind waves. The breeze eases a little tomorrow to N 15-20 knots, seas holding at 6 feet. For Sunday, NE winds down to 10-15 knots gusting 20 and a 6 foot swell. Outlook is for W to NW winds Monday and Tuesday, 5-15 knots with gusts to 20, seas falling to 5 feet. On the horizon is a switch to southerly winds by mid-week. NOTE: There’s a Boat Oregon Class tomorrow, 8:00am-5:00pm, at the South Beach Marina in Newport. The cost is $15 which includes lunch. Upon passing the exam, you’ll receive your mandatory Boater Education Card.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, breezy this afternoon, surf 3-4 feet (low).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/11 Fri 10:36 AM 6.65 H
04/11 Fri 04:46 PM 1.1 L
04/11 Fri 11:10 PM 7.24 H
04/12 Sat 05:17 AM 1.4 L
In Short: Mostly clear, windy afternoons/evenings, then clear and warmer.