Thursday, Jan. 8th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday would have easily qualified as a Summer day on the Central Coast. All of our communities, except Depoe Bay, either set or tied record high temperatures for January 7th. Sunshine and mostly light east winds along with the warm thermometer readings fashioned tee-shirt weather during the afternoon hours. A blazing sunset led us into a mostly clear evening and overnight period. Low temps were in the low-40s. Early this morning, it was cloudless, Jupiter and a chinless Man in the Moon hung-out together in the western sky, and a light east wind kept the fog away.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Previous Record High…
Lincoln City: 62F/43F/60F in 1986
Depoe Bay: 63F*/45F/*Short of record 64F in 1986
Newport: 64F*/43F/*Tied record of 64F in 1986
Waldport: 61F/45F/58F in 1990
Yachats: 60F/43F/58F in 1990
Forecast: You can keep humming the old Dean Martin song, “June in January,” today as mostly sunny skies are on tap, but maybe not record warmth. Current projections show high temps coming in right around 60F along with light east winds. Slowly, a few clouds start drifting over the area today. Tonight, partly cloudy and lows sag to 45F. A transition begins tomorrow as mostly cloudy skies are expected and highs top out at 50-55F. Outlook is for a slight chance of rain Friday night through Saturday night, rain is likely on Sunday, a chance of rain Monday, and then back to clear and dry conditions for Tuesday and Wednesday. The mercury should remain seasonal at 45-55F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, areas of fog and freezing fog on the east side, mostly sunny on the west side, highs of 55-65F. Valley destinations are under a Dense Fog Advisory with visibilities as low as 1/8 of a mile until noon; localized freezing fog can be expected through 10:00am in outlying areas such as Hillsboro, Forest Grove and Sherwood, so use extra caution especially on the west side of the Portland metro area and in valleys near the east slopes of the Coast Range; an Air Stagnation Advisory is in effect for the Valley until 4:00pm Friday, otherwise cloudy and 45-50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for partly sunny skies, windy, temps around 45-50F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on the passes this morning; mostly sunny with the free air freezing level at 11,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 38”, a loss of 2” since yesterday; an overall loss of 5” in the past seven days; 8” greater than this date last year.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/14”/firm packed
Willamette Pass 0”/18”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/45”/soft spring
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/16”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/34”/groomed, corn, granular
Timberline 0”/46”/firm packed
Marine: An easterly breeze 10-15 knots is blowing this morning and seas are 5 feet at 11 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. E winds 5-15 knots today with mixed swells 4-5 feet. Tonight and tomorrow, SE winds 10-15 knots, mixed swells 4-5 feet and 3 foot windwaves. Outlook is for a light NW breeze 5-10 knots on Saturday, seas 6 feet. Sunday and Monday, expect southerlies 10-15 knots with swells staying around 5-6 feet.
On the Beach… Sunshine, light breeze, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
01/08 Thu 07:52 AM 3.32 L
01/08 Thu 01:36 PM 8.18 H
01/08 Thu 08:19 PM 0.25 L
01/09 Fri 03:05 AM 7.73 H
In Short: Mostly clear, light winds, then clouds and a chance of rain.