Sunday, Jan. 18th – Lincoln County
Summary: As storms go, it wasn’t the most powerful of the season, but yesterday’s did pack a fair-sized punch. The breeze slowly built through the day and finally hit its stride about 8:00pm. Our usual reporting stations had gusts of 50-plus mph. Lincoln City pulled off a trifecta with the strongest wind, the most rain and the highest temperature. While it rained much of the day, there were bursts of very heavy rainfall around 10:00am and again just before 9:00pm. Precipitation totals came in at about 2”. By midnight, most of the rain had passed and the wind began to abate. Early this morning, it was still breezy with showers but the clouds had thinned enough that the reflected light from Jupiter was able to pierce the overcast.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/54F/59mph/2.25”
Depoe Bay: 55F/52F/50mph/1.84”
* Peak wind gusts in the area were 82 mph at Cape Meares and 99 mph atop Mary’s Peak in the Coast Range.
* Several rainfall records were broken yesterday in Northwest Oregon.
(Town, 1/17/2015, Previous Record)
Astoria, 2.86”, 2.11” in 2005
Troutdale 1.64”, 1.15” in 1982
McMinnville 1.92”, 1.75” in 1919
Portland 1.80”, 1.76” in 1997
Forecast: We’re down to a dull roar today as it’ll still be a little breezy, gusts of 25-30 mph, and there’ a chance of thunderstorms and a few showers, possibly heavy. High today, 55F. Showers should be ending tonight and the wind goes light; low about 45F. We’re going into a drying trend tomorrow with only a slight chance of showers, sunbreaks, a dainty breeze and highs of 50F or so. Outlook is for sunshine Tuesday and Wednesday, a slight chance of rain Thursday and Friday, and then partly sunny headed into next weekend. The thermometer remains stuck between 45F and 55F during the entire week.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, showers, windy, highs of 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting showers and 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, breezy, temps 50-55F. For the Cascades, there is bare, wet pavement on all highway passes this morning; rain and snow showers today with the snow level lowering to near the passes, 4,500 feet, this afternoon and a potential 1-2” of snow.
Outlook for Holiday Weekend Travelers… Showers and mainly wet pavement at the lower elevations through tomorrow; the Cascade highway passes will have varying amounts of light snow as the snow level drops to 4,000 feet tonight and tomorrow with up to another 2” accumulation, carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 34”, a loss of 3” since yesterday; an overall loss of 1” in the past seven days; 18” less than this date last year.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/12”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/47”/wet packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/7”/open for tubing
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/34”/hard and fast
Timberline 0”/41”/wet packed
Marine: The gale has passed, but there’s still plenty of leftover breeze and seas this morning. Winds are SSW 20 knots gusting 25-30 and seas are steep and rough, 13 feet at 10 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe and Yaquina Bay bars are closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Small Craft Advisory for winds remains in effect through this evening. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in place through tomorrow evening. For today, expect SW winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 and seas 13 feet at 10-12 seconds. It looks like the wind will dissipate by midnight, becoming W 5-10 knots, but seas remain ugly, 14 feet at 13 seconds. Tomorrow, the breeze veers to N 5-10 knots with square seas 13 feet at 13 seconds. Outlook is for northerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20 on Tuesday, and then ESE winds 5-10 knots Wednesday and Thursday. Swells drop to 6 feet by Wednesday, but rebuild to 10 feet later in the week.
On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 12-15 feet (moderate).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf, especially during this morning’s high tide. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
01/18 Sun 09:46 AM 9.73 H
01/18 Sun 04:51 PM -0.81 L
01/18 Sun 11:30 PM 7.39 H
01/19 Mon 04:30 AM 3.23 L
In Short: Showers, possible thunderstorms, windy, then drying and clearing.