Monday, Jan. 19th – Lincoln County
Summary: We experienced typical post-storm conditions yesterday with occasional showers, a couple of them relatively heavy, and high temperatures in the mid-50s. Southwest winds continued blustery during much of day but finally faded out in the late afternoon, like the Packers in overtime. The Sun was able to do some serious damage to the cloud cover as the day progressed and, except for the breeze, it panned out to be rather pleasant. Skies were partly cloudy overnight and the light wind switched to the west. Daybreak saw scattered clouds and it was dead calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/53F/34mph/0.06”
Depoe Bay: 56F/49F/23mph/0.13”
Forecast: Fittingly on this Martin Luther King Day, the next in a series of King Tides begins this morning (see On the Beach below). And, if you want to shoot some pictures of the surf, you’ll have a mostly sunny day to do it. The mercury is expected to top out at 50-55F and winds will be light and variable. Tonight, mostly clear and a smidge chillier as lows drop to around 40F. More sunshine is in the cards tomorrow, high again 50-55F, and a light northeast breeze. Outlook is for sunshine on Wednesday, increasing clouds Thursday, a chance of rain Friday, and partly to mostly sunny for the weekend. Temps float between 45F and 55F all week.
Travel: In the Coast Range today and tonight, patchy fog, highs of 50-55F, lows of 35-40F. Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog, mostly cloudy and a high of 55F, low tonight 35F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for partly cloudy skies, light wind, temps 55F today, 35F tonight. For the Cascades, there is packed snow and areas of ice on all highway passes this morning, carry chains or traction tires; a slight chance of snow showers early today, then partly cloudy this afternoon and tonight with spots of ice and the freezing level at 4,500 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 39”, a gain of 5” since yesterday; an overall gain of 4” in the past seven days; 12” less than this date last year.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/12”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/46”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/6”/open for tubing
Mt. Hood Meadows 5”/38”/packed powder
Timberline 4”/46”/packed powder
Marine: Winds are light this morning, W 10 knots, but seas are still an issue, 10 feet at 12 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational vessels, and to uninspected passenger vessels 36 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 30 feet and less, and to uninspected passenger vessels 26 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect through late tonight. W wind 10 knots gusting 15 early today, veering to the N this afternoon, with seas subsiding to 11 feet at 14 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow, a NE breeze 10-15 knots gusting 20 and seas 9-10 feet at 13-14 seconds. Outlook is for E winds 5-10 knots gusting 15 with seas subsiding to 6 feet on Wednesday. Expect southerlies 5-15 knots on Thursday and Friday, seas building from 8 to 13 feet.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, surf 10-11 feet (moderate).
* Every year in early Winter, high tides in Oregon are higher than usual. These extreme high tides, called ‘King Tides,’ occur when the Sun and Moon are closest to the Earth. The tides are being documented to help visualize and understand the impacts of sea level rise in the coming decades. You are invited to help with the project by taking pictures of areas impacted by this week’s King Tides, today through Wednesday, and sharing your photos. Over time, photos taken at the same locations year after year will help to show changing sea levels. For more information and to participate, click here.
01/19 Mon 10:35 AM 10.08 H (King Tide)
01/19 Mon 05:34 PM -1.27 L
01/20 Tue 12:12 AM 7.88 H
01/20 Tue 05:21 AM 2.89 L
In Short: Clearing, slight chance of showers, light winds, then partly cloudy.