Monday, Apr. 14th – Lincoln County
Summary: The warmest day of 2014 gave residents and visitors a Summer-like experience for outdoor activities yesterday. People flocked to the beaches, took to the hiking trails and parks, fired up barbecues, and motorcycle riders and convertible-top car drivers relished the balmy breeze. For most of the Central Coast, the mercury passed the 70F mark, with Depoe Bay recording the highest temperature at 74F. South coast areas were cooler. There was full-on sunshine and a variable northeast wind of 5-15 mph, strongest between noon and 6:00pm. Skies were clear overnight with lows mostly in the mid-40s. At daybreak, a few clouds were filtering in from an approaching weather front.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 72F/50F
Depoe Bay: 74F/40F
Forecast: Today will not be a duplicate of yesterday. Increasing clouds, lower temperatures and northwest winds of 10-15 mph gusting 25 are forecast. Highs should be around 60F or so. Tonight, regrettably, we expect to have mostly cloudy skies for the Total Lunar Eclipse (see Eclipse below). However, there may be holes in the overcast large enough to catch glimpses of it. Low tonight about 45F. Tomorrow, mostly cloudy with a slight chance of drizzle and a high in the mid-50s. Outlook is for a chance of showers on Wednesday, a 50-50 chance of rain Thursday with rain likely that night. Unsettled weather with sun, clouds, showers, highs of 55F and lows of 45F are predicted Friday through the weekend.
Travel: In the Coast Range, temps were near freezing at 8:00am, so patches of highway frost are possible early; then, partly sunny and warming to 60-65F today. Valley destinations will be mostly sunny with highs of 70-75F. For the Cascades, spots of ice this morning, partly cloudy with the freezing level at 10,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 117”, a loss of 1” since yesterday, or 69% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo Closed for Season
Willamette Pass Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 0/107/Spring
Mt Hood Meadows 0/113/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl Closed Mon-Thu
Timberline Lodge 0/149/Machine Groomed
Marine: Relatively light conditions prevail this morning with NW winds 5-10 knots and seas at 5 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect through this evening for NW winds rising to 10-15 knots gusting 20 with seas of 4-6 feet. Tonight, NW winds 10-15 knots, seas 4 feet. The breeze backs to the SW tomorrow 5-10 knots gusting 15 with wave heights building to 8 feet. Outlook is for westerly winds 5-10 knots and 6 foot swells for the rest of the week.
On the Beach… Sun and clouds, breezy, surf 3-5 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: Mixed sky, windy, then chance of showers.
Eclipse: It’s traditionally called the Full Pink Moon in April (which comes from the herb ‘moss pink,’ or wild ground phlox, one of the earliest wildflowers of Spring). But tonight’s lunar appearance is nicknamed the Full Blood Moon because for a while it’ll be blood-red in color. A total lunar eclipse will be visible from the Central Coast if the clouds allow. The Moon begins turning red as it enters the Earth’s shadow at 9:52pm tonight, goes into eclipse totality from 12:07am to 1:25am tomorrow morning, and the event ends at 3:39am.