Monday, Dec. 15th – Lincoln County
Summary: The timing doesn’t seem to work out this way very often, but yesterday’s mainly sunny weather, following Saturday’s sunshine, gave us a pair of beauties for the weekend. The only fly in the ointment was the east wind blowing 10-20 mph gusting up around 25, making high temps of 50F feel cool. Talk about timing, when the rain did return about 7:30pm last night, outdoor daylight activities were over and we were cozied up by the fire. Skies stayed cloudy overnight with a few rain showers producing about a tenth of an inch of precipitation, and the mercury dropped to the low-40s. This morning, some fairly heavy showers were passing through and the east winds continued, though lighter than Sunday.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 54F/43F/0.07”
Depoe Bay: 51F/42F/0.13”
Forecast: These east winds do have one thing going for them; they’re splitting the wet weather systems as they come in off the ocean. The bulk of the rainfall is being shunted north to British Columbia and south to Northern California. Here in the middle, we’ll still see rain today but not that heavy, maybe another tenth of an inch. High temps should be about 50F again and east winds 10-15 mph gusting 20-25. Tonight and tomorrow, rain is likely, the easterly breeze subsides to 10 mph or so, and the thermometer floats between 45F and 50F. Outlook is for varying chances of rain throughout the week, seasonal temperatures and possibly an organized weather system arriving early Friday with blustery sou’westers and heavier rain.
Christmas Eve/Day… Chance of rain, low 38F, high 50F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, rain likely with highs of 45F. Valley destinations are expecting rain and 45-50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast is a chance of rain, east winds 20-25 mph gusting 35, temps of 40-45F. For the Cascades, there is packed snow and it is snowing on all highway passes; the snow level is at 3,500 feet. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 6”, no change since yesterday; an overall loss of 2” during the past seven days.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/4”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 3”/28”/Open, fresh powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/18”/Open, Snow Tube & Adventure Park
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/2”/Closed
Timberline 0”/11”/Open, Bruno, weather hold for Magic Mile & Palmer
Marine: ESE winds are 10-15 knots this morning with swells 13 feet at 17 seconds but a 6 foot chop at 8 seconds is making it rough. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar has not reported. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through tomorrow morning. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect for local waters out past 10 nautical miles through late tonight. For today, SE winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 nearshore but 20-25 knots gusting 30 offshore; seas 8-10 feet at 12 seconds. Tonight, ESE winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 and 12 foot swells at 14 seconds with a secondary 6 foot swell at 9 seconds. Expect continued sou’easters tomorrow, 15-20 knots gusting 25 with choppy swells around 10 feet. Outlook is for an easterly breeze on Wednesday, 10-15 knots, seas remaining around 10 feet. A bigger blow is possible late Thursday into early Friday as we return to southerlies 20-25 knots gusting 30 and the swell rises from 10 to 14 feet by week’s end.
On the Beach… Rainy, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (high).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/15 Mon 01:24 PM 2.58 L
12/15 Mon 07:06 PM 5.54 H
12/16 Tue 12:33 AM 2.68 L
12/16 Tue 07:24 AM 8.06 H
In Short: Rain, moderate winds, then continued wet.