Friday, Dec. 12th – Lincoln County
Summary: The Coast Guard had to dust off their hurricane-force warning flags yesterday for the first time in recent memory when the big blow panned-out as forecast (hurricane force winds are categorized as 74 mph and above). The highest local gusts were 79 mph at Newport South Jetty and 72 mph on the Yaquina Bay Bridge. At 68 mph, Yachats topped the gust list from our regular reporting stations. Rainfall amounts, as expected, were nominal and temperatures were right at 60F. As quickly as the strong winds arrived, they faded fast around sunset and it was actually dead calm by midnight. Low temps dropped with the passing of a cold front to the upper-40s. This morning, there were scattered showers in the area, the wind was light out of the east, and the waning gibbous Moon and Jupiter played peek-a-boo through holes in the cloud cover.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 60F/48F/54mph/0.58”
Depoe Bay: 60F/46F/44mph/0.36”
Regional Wind Gusts…
Sea Lion Caves: 89mph (highest in Oregon yesterday)
Portland: 67mph (highest gust in 14 years)
Forecast: It’s a different world today. No weather watches or warnings are posted anywhere in the state, scattered showers are possible, sunny periods, what wind we get will be light and the mercury rises to 50-55F. A chance for a lingering shower or two tonight, lows around 45F. The break we’ve earned after a week of battering storms comes tomorrow. Look for mostly sunny skies, light southeast winds and a high about 50F. Outlook is for mostly cloudy but dry on Sunday with some east wind, highs of 50-55F. There’s a 50-50 chance of rain on Monday, showers Tuesday, and the next weather front of any strength is predicted to arrive Wednesday night or Thursday.
Christmas Eve/Day… Some clearing, showers, cool, low 33F, high 44F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, showers, possible thunderstorms with highs of 45-50F. Valley destinations are expecting showers, a chance of thunderstorms and 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast is scattered showers, light wind, temps around 50F. For the Cascades, spots of ice this morning, scattered rain and snow showers; the snow level is near the passes at 4,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mixed sky and mainly dry pavement at the lower elevations; icy patches on the Cascade highways as the freezing level lowers to 3,500 feet tomorrow, rises to 4,500 feet Sunday but drops to 3,000 feet with snow possible Sunday night. Get up-to-the-minute NW Oregon travel conditions at Real-Time Roads.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 3”, a loss of 2” 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”/4”/Closed Mt. Bachelor 3”/26”/Open, fresh powder Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/4”/Open, Snow Tube & Adventure Park Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/8”/Closed Timberline 0”/8”/Open, Magic Mile & Palmer, weather permitting Marine: On the heels of yesterday’s hurricane force winds, the breeze is down to a paltry 10 knots or so this morning, varying in direction, but seas are still rough, 13 feet at 12 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is under a Captain of the Port closure for all vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through late tonight. Expect W winds today 5-10 knots with a few higher gusts and seas staying around 12 feet at 14 seconds. Tonight, a light sou’wester 5-10 knots with seas subsiding to 10 feet and lengthening to 15 seconds. It might be halfway decent tomorrow as the breeze hangs in the SW quadrant but only blows 5-10 knots gusting 15 and seas run 10-11 feet at 14 seconds. Outlook is for easterlies 10-15 knots gusting 20 on Sunday, the swell drops to 6 feet. Monday and Tuesday, SE winds 5-15 knots and a 10-13 foot swell is projected to arrive in local waters.
On the Beach… Showers, sunbreaks, light breeze, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/12 Fri 10:06 AM 3.63 L
12/12 Fri 03:31 PM 6.76 H
12/12 Fri 10:11 PM 1.14 L
12/13 Sat 05:13 AM 7.43 H
In Short: Mixed sky, showers, light winds, then drying and more clearing.