Saturday, Apr. 12th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday was nearly a carbon copy of Thursday. The sun blazed throughout the day and by noon northwest winds had become steady 20-25 mph with the south end of the Central Coast at Waldport and Yachats recording peak gusts of 35 mph. The north end had lighter winds and higher temperatures as Lincoln City and Depoe Bay waltzed up into the upper-50s. During the evening we had to peek into the ‘maybe file’ mentioned in Thursday’s report as some low clouds scudded by in the breeze. These were from a weak weather disturbance north of us, which produced some light rain on the Olympic Peninsula though nothing but a few clouds farther south. By 1:00am, our skies had cleared again and the northwest wind died out. This morning, there was a light easterly breeze, mostly sunny skies and lows in the low-40s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 58F/46F/31mph
Depoe Bay: 57F/38F/32mph
Forecast: Grab another sheet of carbon paper for today, as more sunshine and highs around 55F return, along with the blustery northwest winds. You can get out of the wind in Yachats at the Commons this afternoon for the family-friendly community talent show. Mostly clear tonight, lows in the low-40s, the wind veers to the northeast and becomes lighter. Tomorrow could be our warmest day so far this year with highs of 65-70F, sunny and east winds of 10-15 mph. Outlook is for mostly sunny but a little cooler on Monday. Then, a change begins. Cloud cover is expected on Monday night, a mix of sun, clouds and a chance of showers Tuesday, followed by an increasing threat of showers Wednesday and rain likely Thursday and Friday.
Travel: In the Coast Range, mostly sunny and warming to 60-65F today. Valley destinations will be mostly sunny with highs around 65F. For the Cascades, mostly sunny and highs of 50-60F.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 119”, a loss of 2” since yesterday, or 71% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo 0/48/Spring Fling Slope Slide
Willamette Pass Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 0/110/Spring
Mt Hood Meadows 0/116/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/45/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 0/152/Machine Groomed
Marine: Moderate NE winds of 10-15 knots near shore this morning, but it’s blowing 15-25 knots out of the N at Stonewall Bank and seas are a little under 7 feet with 5 foot wind waves. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 18 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this evening. N winds today and tonight 15-20 knots gusting 25-30 with a 6-8 foot swell and choppy wind waves to 5 feet. Tomorrow, the breeze develops an offshore component and eases to NE 10-15 knots gusting 20 with seas around 6 feet. Outlook is for NW winds Monday and Tuesday, 15-20 knots and a 5 foot swell. Unsettled SW weather begins on Wednesday and runs through the remainder of the week. NOTE: Oregon State University has temporarily deployed ‘OSU Research Lighted Buoy A’ at approximate position 44-38-28.08N, 124-18-12.06W. The buoy is yellow with a flashing yellow four-second (FL Y 4s) light.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, breezy this afternoon, surf 4-6 feet (low).
If you get blown off the beach this afternoon, it’s Marine Science Day at the Hatfield Center in Newport’s South Beach where you can learn more about the ocean and our local beaches. For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/12 Sat 11:22 AM 6.87 H
04/12 Sat 05:21 PM 1.14 L
04/12 Sat 11:40 PM 7.64 H
04/13 Sun 05:54 AM 0.79 L
In Short: Mostly clear, windy, warmer, then unsettled.