Sunday, Nov. 23rd – Lincoln County
Summary: Let’s describe yesterday as one of those where we need to dredge up the old, hackneyed phrase, “If you don’t like the weather, don’t worry, it’ll change.” We had everything from heavy rain showers to some cheery sunbreaks. West winds blew 10-15 mph with gusts to around 25, and the mercury rose to the mid-50s. Rainfall amounts varied with the intensity of the showers; Lincoln City received the most wet stuff. Variable cloudiness but no rain to speak of took us through the evening and overnight with lows of 45-50F. This morning, clouds were thickening, the breeze was light out of the south and we were right between two large areas of rain, one passing north of us and the other to our south.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/51F/0.41”
Depoe Bay: 55F/46F/0.10”
Forecast: It looks like a wet week, beginning with rain likely later today, high 55F and sou’westers 10-15 mph gusting 20-25. Tonight there’s a 50-50 chance of rain early, then turning to showers, patchy fog and lows of 45-50F. Tomorrow, expect a diminishing chance of rain, areas of fog, and the mercury rising to 55F or so. Outlook is for rain likely on Tuesday.
Thanksgiving Holiday Period… Chance of rain Wednesday through Friday, rain likely and breezy Saturday and Sunday, high 50-55F, lows around 45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, rain likely with 50-55F. Highway 34 has standing water on the pavement at Alsea Mountain summit, near Milepost 38. Valley destinations are expecting rain and highs of 50-55F. For the Cascades, windy, snow accumulations of 1-4 inches at the passes; the snow level is at 4,000 feet. Willamette and Santiam Passes have packed snow this morning; it’s slushy at Government Camp. Carry chains or traction tires, and be prepared to use them, if you plan to cross the Cascades. Outlook for weekend travelers is rain and wet pavement at the lower elevations, but more snow is possible on Cascade highways through tonight.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 13”, a gain of 10” since yesterday; an overall gain of 6″ during the past seven days.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/6”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 7”/24”/Limited opening tomorrow
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 1”/7”/Tubing Hill open today
Mt. Hood Meadows 7”/19”/Ballroom Carpet, Buttercup and Easy Rider open
Timberline 7”/17”/Bruno’s Lift open today, limited terrain
Cascadia: Two good-sized earthquakes occurred early this morning about 150 miles west of Newport. A magnitude 5.4 shaker was recorded at 3:01am, followed by a 4.9 at 4:51am. Epicenters for both temblors were along the Blanco Fracture Zone of the Juan de Fuca Tectonic Plate, where two other 3-plus quakes have happened in past couple of weeks.
Marine: There are rough square seas this morning, 14 feet at 14 seconds, but winds are not very strong, SSW 10-15 knots with a few higher gusts. Some rather intense thunderstorms are occurring early today over offshore waters north of Cascade Head. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar has not reported. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 40 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect through tomorrow morning. Today, expect seas 12-14 feet at 13-14 seconds and SW winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 with rain. Seas stay lumpy through tonight, 13 feet at 13 seconds, though winds should be a tad lighter, S 10-15 knots. S winds tomorrow at 10-15 knots gusting 20 with subsiding seas, 10 feet at 14 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies 10-20 knots and swells 7-9 feet through Thursday.
On the Beach… Rain, a little breeze, surf 12 feet (high).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf, especially during the high tide around noon today. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
11/23 Sun 11:54 AM 9.53 H
11/23 Sun 06:51 PM -1.19 L
11/24 Mon 01:34 AM 7.49 H
11/24 Mon 06:37 AM 3.17 L
In Short: Rain, moderate wind, then showers/rain all week.