Wednesday, Jan. 14th – Lincoln County
Summary: Sunny skies and highs in the mid-50s combined to give us another round of June in January yesterday. The only fly in the ointment was the cool east wind, blowing 10-15 mph, which kept a loose lid on the mercury. It was clear through the evening and into the overnight period; low temps slumped to the low- to mid-40s. But, there were also signs of a change in our weather. The east winds picked up after midnight as high pressure to the east began rushing west to fill the void in an approaching low pressure system. And, a telltale ring around the waning crescent Moon was evidence of moisture in the upper atmosphere. At daybreak, a few high clouds and moderate east winds greeted early risers.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 54F/46F/26mph
Depoe Bay: 55F/42F/25mph
Forecast: Like homemade pudding on slow boil, the weather will be slowly thickening today. Increasing clouds can be expected along with another incontrovertible sign of change when the wind starts veering toward the south this afternoon. High today about 55F. Tonight, skies become mostly cloudy and a slight chance of rain develops; low temps around 45F. Rain tomorrow and breezy as southerlies pick up to 20-25 mph gusting 30 or better, high again around 55F. Outlook is for a Pineapple Express rain event to begin tomorrow night with potential precipitation totals in the neighborhood of 1-2 inches and southwest winds 25-30 mph gusting 40, maybe 50 mph or higher on the beaches and headlands. Showers Friday, sunbreaks possible, and the breeze drops off a little. The next storm system arrives early Saturday packing another round of heavy rain and blustery winds. Rain on Sunday, too, then a chance of showers for Monday’s Martin Luther King holiday. Next good chance of some serious sunshine is Tuesday. Seasonal temperatures are predicted to continue between 40F and 55F.
Travel: In the Coast Range, spots of ice this morning with areas of fog, partly cloudy later today, breezy, high of 50F. Valley destinations are expecting widespread fog this morning (except for Portland, which is clear), partly cloudy and 45-50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, gusty east winds, temps 40-45F. For the Cascades, there are icy patches on all highway passes this morning; mostly sunny with the freezing level at 9,000 feet, falling to 8,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 36”, no change since yesterday; an overall loss of 2” in the past seven days; 18” less than this date last year.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/18”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/45”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/10”/closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/30”/frozen granular
Marine: The relatively calm conditions we’ve experienced over the past several days are coming to an end. Winds are E 15-20 knots this morning with seas 6 feet at 12 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from this afternoon through tomorrow morning. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in place from late tonight through tomorrow morning. And, a Gale Watch is in effect for tomorrow morning through late tomorrow night. SE winds veering to S today, 15-20 knots gusting 25, with seas building to 9 feet. For tonight, expect S winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 and seas 9-10 feet with 7 foot windwaves. Tomorrow, gale force southerlies 25-30 knots gusting to 35-40 along with combined rough seas 10-13 feet. Outlook is for a brief break on Friday as winds drop to W 10-20 knots, swells 13 feet. Saturday and Sunday, back to sou’westers 20-25 knots and seas running 9-14 feet.
On the Beach… Sun and clouds, breezy, surf 5-7 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
01/14 Wed 01:34 PM 1.99 L
01/14 Wed 07:43 PM 5.56 H
01/15 Thu 12:33 AM 3.39 L
01/15 Thu 07:16 AM 8.46 H
In Short: Increasing clouds, moderate winds, then stormy.