Sunday, Jan. 11th – Lincoln County
Summary: Absolutely nothing to write home about yesterday as dreary and drizzly conditions persisted; winds were calm to light northwest and high temps came in in the low-50s. The precipitation dissipated and a few holes appeared in the cloud cover around sunset. Overnight, skies were broken overcast and winds basically nonexistent; no rain. This morning, clouds from the next disturbance began filling in and it was dead calm. Even though we’re on Dreary Lane for a spell, the amount of daylight continues to increase and is up to 9 hours and 5 minutes today.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 53F/46F/0.20”
Depoe Bay: 50F/44F/0.10”
Forecast: We can’t really use the word ‘storm’ for today’s approaching weather system. ‘Ho-hum’ would be more fitting as winds are expected to remain light, rainfall totals should be less than a quarter of an inch and the thermometer reaches for 50F. The rain is projected to end late tonight with lows around 45F. Tomorrow’s a ‘tweener day as a few lingering showers are feasible, but drying out again and a touch warmer as highs rise to 55F. Outlook is for patchy morning fog and mainly sunny skies on Tuesday and probably Wednesday, a slight chance of rain Thursday, and then a seasonal pattern of rainy and windy conditions from Friday through next weekend. Expect temperatures during the week to stay in the range of 45-55F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, areas of fog, rain likely, highs of 45-50F. Valley destinations are expecting areas of fog this morning, rain and 45-50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a chance of rain, light winds, temps 45-50F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on Santiam and Willamette Passes this morning, bare pavement at Government Camp; rain/snow with the snow level at 4,000 feet; 1 inch of snow is possible today. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is rain with wet pavement through tonight. In the Cascades, snow is likely, with 1-3 inches accumulation on the highway passes tonight; carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 35”, no change since yesterday; an overall loss of 6” in the past seven days; 5” less than this date last year.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/16”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/44”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/12”/open for tubing only
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/32”/frozen granular
Marine: For January, it doesn’t get much mellower than this morning. Seas are 5 feet at 10 seconds and winds are ENE 5 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. The breeze veers S 5-10 knots nearshore today but rises to 10-15 knots gusting 20 out past 10 miles this afternoon; swells 4-5 feet at 13-14 seconds. Tonight, look for the wind to veer SE 10-15 knots with 3-4 foot windwaves atop 4-5 foot swells. Light southerlies tomorrow 5-10 knots, swells 5 feet. Outlook is for E to SE winds 5-10 knots Tuesday and Wednesday along with swells of 4-5 feet. A gale is probable on Thursday as S winds rise to 20-25 knots gusting 30-35 and combined seas build to 10-12 feet.
Notice to Mariners… Electronic editions of the 2015 Light Lists are available on the USCG Navigation Center’s website here.
On the Beach… Rain, 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.
01/11 Sun 10:21 AM 3.15 L
01/11 Sun 03:52 PM 6.41 H
01/11 Sun 10:04 PM 1.86 L
01/12 Mon 04:57 AM 7.82 H
In Short: Rain developing, light winds, then showers, but drying midweek.