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Weather or Not: Packin’ a Punch

Chris Burns Weather

Thursday, Apr. 24th – Lincoln County

Summary: Well, that packed a punch. For late April, this latest storm was pretty powerful. Southwest winds came in fairly close to predictions in the 40-50 mph range. Peak gusts in the area were 54 mph on the Yaquina Bay Bridge (elev. 160’) and 70 mph on Mary’s Peak (elev. 4,137’). At Central Coast community surface stations, Newport Airport had the highest gust at 47 mph. Rainfall amounts were significant with between an inch and nearly two recorded in spots. Up north, Astoria set a new rainfall record for the date of 2.22” surpassing the old record of 1.79” set in 1996. Temperatures remained steady around 50F. The storm raged all day and through most of last night before the heavy rain and winds faded early this morning. At daybreak, sky cover was broken, the southwest wind was less than 10 mph and light rain showers dotted the area.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 54F/51F/1.10”/40mph
Depoe Bay: 51F/48F/1.35”/41mph
Newport: 52F/48F/1.29”/47mph
Waldport: 53F/49F/1.40”/38mph
Yachats: 53F/48F/1.75”/40mph

Forecast: We’re not quite out of the woods yet. While the next round of weather doesn’t look as impressive as yesterday’s, there is still considerable moisture predicted in the short term. For today, a 50-50 chance of rain showers but also some fair-sized sunbreaks, highs in the low-50s. Tonight and tomorrow, a few showers, chance of a thunderstorm and/or small hail, mixed sky conditions, low of 45F, high about 55F. Outlook is for another weather system to arrive on Saturday with rain and wind, easing Sunday to showers; highs 55F, lows 45F. A drying trend begins on Monday with only a slight chance of showers, then sunny and warmer through mid-week. We could see high temperatures of 65F or better.

Travel: In the Coast Range, showers and breezy today with highs of 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting showers and temps of 50-55F. For the Cascades, highway passes are wet this morning; the freezing level is at 5,000 feet, but dropping to 4,000 feet tonight with a chance for a couple inches of snow on the pavement. Carry chains or traction tires. An Avalanche Warning is in effect for the backcountry terrain today.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 130”, a gain of 6” since yesterday, or 76% of normal. Weekly snow total, +15”; difference from last year, +2”; deviation from 30 year average, -9”. These statistics are for the Hood/Deschutes snow basin. Other basins are much lower. Willamette is 50% of normal; Rogue is only 28%; and Klamath is at just 19%.

Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Mt Bachelor 8/111/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 6/119/Machine Groomed
Timberline 9/163/Powder

Marine: The breeze is down to W 15-20 knots this morning after peak gusts around 40 knots yesterday. Seas are 11 feet but quite rough with a short, 8 second period. At 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 40 feet and less, and uninspected passenger vessels 30 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 30 feet and less. Today, expect SW winds of 20-25 knots gusting 30 with combined seas to 12 feet. Conditions improve tonight and tomorrow with the SW breeze easing to 5-10 knots gusting 15 and the swell subsiding to about 9 feet. Outlook is for another storm system to arrive in local waters on Saturday afternoon. SW winds rising to 15-20 knots gusting to 25 with seas 8-10 feet and 4 foot wind waves. Sunday and Monday, lighter weather from the WSW, winds 5-15 knots and the swell leveling off at 10 feet or so.

On the Beach… Showers, sun, breezy, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/24 Thu 08:45 AM 6.89 H
04/24 Thu 03:08 PM 0.31 L
04/24 Thu 09:46 PM 7.71 H
04/25 Fri 03:55 AM 1.20 L

In Short: Showers, sunbreaks, rainy, then clearing and warmer.

 

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