WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY

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Weather or Not: Gathering Steam

Chris Burns Weather

Sunday, Dec. 7th – Lincoln County

Summary: A few showers yesterday with a sunbreak or two and moderate winds.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/52F/0.11”
Depoe Bay: 56F/50F/0.16”
Newport: 54F/46F/0.08”
Waldport: 56F/49F/0.13”
Yachats: 56F/50F/0.11”

Forecast: The National Weather Service issued a Special Weather Statement this morning. Wet and very windy WARNING NWS SWSweek ahead for the coast and Coast Range of Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon. A series of increasingly strong Pacific frontal systems will likely bring periods of strong southerly winds and potentially heavy rain to the coast and Coast Range this week. The strongest winds will initially be confined to the beaches and headlands along with the higher terrain of the Coast Range late Monday and Monday night. However, winds will likely increase Tuesday for the coastal communities as well, as the first in a series of strong frontal systems moves onshore. An even stronger frontal system is expected Tuesday night and Wednesday, bringing more widespread heavy rain and strong winds to the coast and Coast Range. Some forecast models bring yet another period of widespread strong winds late in the week as strong low pressure moves up the Oregon coast.

That said, the Central Coast started off benign today with a halo around the waning Full Cold Moon (see Weather Factoid below) and some high clouds. There should be a few peeks at the Sun as the day goes on, light winds and highs of 55-60F. But as the Pacific Ocean locomotive gathers steam to pull its WON SUN-CLOUDStrain of storms through, expect to see increasing clouds late in the day and rain developing by evening. Low tonight around 50F. Tomorrow, a 50-50 chance of rain, southerly winds 10-15 mph gusting 20-25 and the thermometer topping out at 55F. Outlook is stormy all week as noted in the NWS statement above.

Christmas Eve/Day… Cool, showers, low 33F, high 45F.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, foggy, mostly cloudy, with highs of 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting fog early, mostly cloudy skies and 50-55F. Columbia River Gorge conditions should be partly sunny and windy with temps around 40F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice this morning, partly sunny; the freezing level is at 7,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers in Northwest Oregon is for damp pavement with intermittent fog through tonight. Check out the new interactive map of Northwest Oregon road conditions, Real-Time Roads.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 8”, a gain of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 7” during the past seven days.

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/1”/Closed
Willamette Pass 0”/10”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/29”/Open, firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/6”/Open, Snow Tube & Adventure Park
Mt. Hood Meadows 1”/9”/On hold
Timberline 0”/14”/Open, Bruno’s lift; Magic Mile & Palmer on standby

Marine: Seas are about 6 feet at 11 seconds this morning and the breeze is ESE 10-15 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay WON SCAand Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Small Craft Advisories for winds and hazardous seas go into effect this evening and run through Monday morning. A Gale Watch is in effect from Monday morning through Tuesday afternoon. You get one more day of decent weather before all heck breaks loose. SE winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 are on tap today with seas 5-6 feet. Tonight, the first in a series of storms arrives and the breeze picks up to SE 25-30 knots gusting 35 and rough combined seas build to 11 feet. It looks like tomorrow the winds should be 20-25 knots gusting to 30 with seas around 10 feet. Outlook shows a tough week ahead for the crab fleet as southerlies remain 30-35 knots gusting 40-45 with some storm force blasts over 50 knots possible. Combined hazardous seas build to 20 feet or higher by Tuesday and stay that way into the latter part of the week, though winds and seas may ease for a short period on Thursday.

On the Beach… Clouds, sunbreaks, light breeze, 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.
* Tides
12/07 Sun 11:57 AM 9.46 H
12/07 Sun 06:54 PM -1.05 L
12/08 Mon 01:40 AM 7.62 H
12/08 Mon 06:45 AM 3.38 L

In Short: Mostly cloudy, light wind, rain, then stormy.

Weather Factoid: “Okay, Mr. Weatherman, what does that ring around the Moon mean?” It’s called a ‘halo’ and is caused by the refraction of moonlight through ice crystals in the upper atmosphere. The shape of the ice crystals results in focusing the light into a ring. Since the ice crystals typically have the same hexagonal shape, the Moon ring is almost always the same size. Folklore has it that a ring around the Moon signifies the approach of bad weather, and in many cases this can be true. The ice crystals indicate high and thin cirrus clouds which normally precede a storm by a day or two.

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