Wednesday, Jan. 7th – Lincoln County
Summary: It was time for a calendar check yesterday as filtered sunshine, light winds and thermometer readings rising to around 60F made for unseasonably pleasant conditions along the Central Coast. At sunset, the planet Venus was bright in the western sky and, shortly after, the waning gibbous Moon rose in the east to provide light through the night. There were a few patches of fog, mainly along the beach, but otherwise skies remained mainly clear until daybreak. Overnight low temps dipped to the mid-40s. This morning, a few clouds off to the west and north were held at bay by a light offshore breeze.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 58F/48F
Depoe Bay: 60F/45F
Forecast: If ya got it, flaunt it. While the Willamette Valley is shrouded in dense fog and stagnant air, the Central Coast will be basking under mostly sunny skies again today. Look for highs around 60F and light east winds. Partly cloudy tonight, low 45F. We get another round of sunshine tomorrow with the mercury again headed for 60F. Outlook is for a weak weather system to influence our area on Friday and Saturday bringing mostly cloudy skies a slight chance of rain. The probability of rain increases Sunday and Monday, but there doesn’t appear to be any major storms on the horizon. Temperatures range from 45F to 55F throughout the extended period.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, areas of fog on the east side, partly to mostly sunny on the west side, highs of 50-55F. Valley destinations are under a Dense Fog Advisory with visibilities as low as 1/8 of a mile expected until noon, and an Air Stagnation Advisory is in place through Friday, otherwise mostly cloudy and 45-50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for partly sunny skies, windy, temps around 45F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on the passes this morning; partly cloudy with the freezing level at 12,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 38”, a loss of 2” since yesterday; an overall loss of 6” in the past seven days; 13” greater than this date last year.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/18”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/45”/soft spring
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/18”/soft
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/35”/corn and frozen granular
Marine: The breeze is NE 5-10 knots and seas are 7-8 feet at 10 seconds this morning. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. The ocean will remain halfway tranquil through the next few days as mainly high pressure dominates local waters. E to SE winds today, tonight and tomorrow 5-10 knots with swells 7-8 feet at 11-12 seconds. Outlook is for a weak weather system to arrive on Friday, but not much wind in it, SW 10-15 knots possibly gusting to 20; swells 7 feet with a 3 foot chop on top. Saturday, look for a westerly breeze 5-10 knots, swells 6 feet, and for Sunday, S winds 10-15 knots with a 5-6 foot swell.
On the Beach… Sunshine, nearly calm, surf 5-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
01/07 Wed 07:10 AM 3.34 L
01/07 Wed 12:58 PM 8.64 H
01/07 Wed 07:45 PM -0.15 L
01/08 Thu 02:30 AM 7.73 H
In Short: Mostly clear, light wind, then repeat.