Friday, Apr. 25th – Lincoln County
Summary: A fair amalgam of conditions for the Central Coast yesterday with periods of sunshine, clouds and a few showers. The mercury rose into the mid-50s following morning lows in the low-40s. Southwest winds were 10-15 mph with a few gusts to 25. Rainfall varied with the showers; Waldport recorded the highest amount at just over a quarter of an inch. The heaviest showers rolled through while you slept, at about 1:00am this morning, when the bulk of the precipitation fell. By dawn, there was light rain, light winds and some additional showers on the radar approaching from offshore.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/44F/0.19”
Depoe Bay: 55F/43F/0.13”
Forecast: The atmospheric blender is on medium today with a mixed sky, showers, light northwest winds and highs of 55F this afternoon for Lincoln City’s Community Days Mud Flat Golf. Tonight, look for a 50-50 chance of showers before midnight, light winds and a low about 45F. The next, and hopefully last, storm for a while rolls in tomorrow, probably in the early afternoon. This system brings total precipitation of an inch or so and southwest winds 15-25 mph gusting 40 by tomorrow night. High temps 55F, lows of 45F. Then, we’ll dangle a carrot out there as we head into next week. Sunday still looks wet with showers, Monday maybe a couple more before we catch that carrot. Tuesday through Thursday, mostly sunny days, partly cloudy nights and thermometer readings aiming for the warmest so far this year, possibly closing in on 70F.
Travel: In the Coast Range, showers today with highs of 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting showers and temps of 55-60F. For the Cascades, highway passes are wet with spots of ice this morning; the freezing level is at 3,000 feet with a chance for an inch or two of snow on the pavement today. Carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers in the Coast Range and Valley is showers tonight, rain and wind tomorrow, showers on Sunday. In the Cascades, the freezing level remains below the passes all weekend with spots of ice and occasional snow showers.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 129”, a loss of 1” since yesterday, or 77% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Mt Bachelor 5/114/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 2/119/Packed Powder
Marine: A light WSW breeze this morning at 5-10 knots and seas are around 8 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 22 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect until noon today for lumpy 8-10 footers; winds veering to NW 10 knots. Tonight, the wind backs to SW 5-10 knots and the swell hovers around 8-9 feet. Tomorrow, a front is expected to produce southerlies of 20-25 knots gusting 30 and choppy seas 8 feet with 4 foot wind waves. Outlook is for W wind on Sunday, 15-20 knots easing to 10-15 knots by afternoon; seas building to 10-13 feet. Monday and Tuesday, S winds 5-15 knots with swells of 8-12 feet. NOTE: Several items of interest to Central Coast mariners have become available recently; see Special Notes for Mariners below.
On the Beach… Showers, sunbreaks, light wind, surf 5-8 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/25 Fri 09:57 AM 6.99 H
04/25 Fri 04:02 PM 0.51 L
04/25 Fri 10:30 PM 8.21 H
04/26 Sat 04:50 AM 0.37 L
In Short: Showers, mixed sky, rainy and windy, then clearing and warmer.
Special Notes for Mariners:
* Oregon State University deployed a subsurface to surface research buoy in position 44-39-30.540N, 124-39-30.540W in 82 feet of water on April 21st. The buoy is yellow and displays a flashing yellow four seconds (Fl Y 4s) light when on the surface. This buoy is designed to submerge for the collection of data and then surface to transmit its data. When the buoy is not on the surface it will be near the seafloor. Vessels are asked to not pass closer than 500 yards to the buoy’s position.
* OSU has deployed its Nye Beach Research Lighted Buoy in position 44-39-30.168N, 124-05-44.592W. It also has a flashing yellow four seconds (Fl Y 4s) light.
* The US Army Corps of Engineers dredge Yaquina is scheduled to be working the Yaquina Bay entrance until April 29th.
* The US Coast Guard, US Army Corp of Engineers and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are co-sponsoring “The Future of Navigation – 21st Century Waterways” public listening sessions. These sessions, which will be held in several locations across the country, are designed to provide a venue for open communications between various Federal agencies, US Marine Transportation System (MTS) stakeholders (including commercial fishermen) and the general boating public to discuss the joint Federal agency initiative to use modern technology to support a safer, more efficient, more secure, and environmentally sound MTS. These listening sessions will provide MTS users and stakeholders an opportunity, beyond traditional venues, to express their emerging needs for navigational information and service delivery systems necessary to improve safety and efficiency of transits on the nation’s waterways. In the Northwest, the first listening session is scheduled to be held on, Tuesday, June 3rd, at 6:00 pm at the Seattle Public Library.