Sunday, Apr. 13th – Lincoln County
Summary: Another ditto day yesterday as conditions were quite similar to the past few days. Sunshine prevailed and highs stayed in the 50s. The now-familiar northwest winds were a smidge lighter at 15-20 mph without any gusts reaching 30 mph. No precipitation was recorded. The breeze fell calm just after sunset, veered to the east northeast and rose to a measly 10 mph early this morning. Skies were clear overnight and continued that way this morning producing an unobscured sunrise; lows were nipping at 40F.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 58F/42F
Depoe Bay: 56F/38F
Forecast: As predicted, today will probably turn out to be the warmest so far in 2014 with lots of sunshine and highs approaching 70F. So, take a hike with naturalist Linda Brodeur who will lead a short and easy family walk, ending with trail mix, cocoa, cookies and a nature-themed art project for children. Meet at Newport’s Mike Miller Park at 1:00pm this afternoon. Later today, you can roll out the barbecue and set up your lawn chairs to dine al fresco as warm temps and light winds give us a Summer-like evening. Clear skies are expected tonight with a low in the mid-40s. Outlook is for a slow change to unsettled weather beginning tomorrow with increasing clouds and the mercury stopping at 60F or so. Tuesday and Wednesday, there’s a chance of showers and mostly cloudy skies. Showers become likely from Thursday into next weekend with highs of 55F and lows of 45F through the extended period.
Travel: In the Coast Range, temps were near freezing at 8:00am, so patches of highway frost are possible; then, sunny and warming to 70-75F today. Valley destinations will be sunny with highs of 70-75F. For the Cascades, spots of ice this morning, and then sunny, breezy and highs of 50-60F.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 118”, a loss of 1” since yesterday, or 69% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo 0/48/Last Day of Season
Willamette Pass Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 0/108/Spring
Mt Hood Meadows 0/115/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/27/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 0/151/Machine Groomed
Marine: Bottom fishing has been hot and you may have a chance to get out today. Winds have veered to the NNE this morning and dropped substantially to about 10 knots. Seas are at 6 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Today, NNE winds 10-15 knots gusting to 20, with a 5 foot swell and wind waves to 4 feet. The breeze eases further tonight to N 5-10 knots, seas 5 feet. Another round of gusty NW winds is expected tomorrow, 15-25 knots and choppy combined seas around 5 feet. Outlook is for NNW winds Tuesday 10-15 knots and 8 foot swells. SW winds Wednesday and Thursday, 5-15 knots, with wave heights holding at about 6 feet.
On the Beach… Sunny, warm, light winds, surf 4-5 feet (low).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/13 Sun 12:05 PM 7.06 H
04/13 Sun 05:56 PM 1.24 L
04/14 Mon 12:09 AM 8.02 H
04/14 Mon 06:31 AM 0.22 L
In Short: Clear, warmer, light breeze, then unsettled.