Tuesday, Jan. 13th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday turned out as anticipated, except, of course, for the score of the Ducks game. We saw mainly cloudy skies and a few light rain showers in the morning, a period of sunbreaks around noon, and then back to cloudy but dry until evening when it started clearing off. The mercury rose to the mid-50s; Yachats was the warmest at 57F and had the most precipitation, 0.06”. It was clear to partly cloudy overnight, lows dipped to the low-40s and the Moon reached Last Quarter at 1:56am. At daybreak, mostly blue sky with some patchy fog and east winds were blowing 5-15 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 54F/47F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 54F/43F/0.02”
Forecast: We’re in for a delightful halftime show today and at least part of tomorrow. Between last weekend’s rains and the next weather systems, sunshine takes the field today. Highs head for 55F and east winds are projected to blow 10-15 mph. Tonight, mostly clear and a tad chillier as the thermometer drops to around 40F. Tomorrow should start off sunny but increasing clouds are probable by afternoon with high temps again near 55F. Outlook is for a rainy and windy game-plan to unfold beginning Thursday, with additional storms playing out through the weekend. These systems will bring blustery southerly winds and they have a tap into tropical moisture; the potential for rainfall totals is on the order of several inches for the Thursday night through Sunday night period. Expect thermometer scores from 45F to 55F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, patchy fog early, mostly sunny later, highs of 45-50F. Valley destinations are expecting areas of fog this morning, slow clearing and 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, east windy, temps 40-45F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on all highway passes this morning; mostly sunny with the freezing level at 7,000 feet, rising to 9,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 36”, a gain of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 4” in the past seven days; 20” less than this date last year.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 1”/18”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/45”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/10”/closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/30”/packed and granular
Marine: Winds are easterly 10 knots or so this morning with seas 4 feet at 12 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. E winds 5-15 knots today and tonight, with rounded swells 5-6 feet at 12-13 seconds. Tomorrow, expect a slight shift in the breeze to SE by afternoon, 10-15 knots, and swells up to 8 feet. Outlook is for a gale on Thursday as S winds rise to 25-30 knots gusting 35 and combined seas build to 12-15 feet. Sou’westers continue Friday and Saturday at 20-25 knots, swells slowly subside from 13 to 9 feet, and windwaves run 5-6 feet.
On the Beach… Sunshine, a little breezy, 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.
01/13 Tue 12:30 PM 2.55 L
01/13 Tue 06:17 PM 5.55 H
01/13 Tue 11:34 PM 2.97 L
01/14 Wed 06:27 AM 8.16 H
In Short: Mainly clear, moderate east wind, then rainy and windy.