Tuesday, Jan. 20th – Lincoln County
Summary: For those on holiday yesterday, conditions were ripe to get out of the house and enjoy the sunshine. A pocketful of scattered clouds was about all that marred an otherwise brilliant day. The mercury rose to the mid-50s, the breeze was next to nothin’ and there was no measurable precipitation recorded during a few very light rain showers before noon. Skies were clear throughout the evening and overnight with lows falling into the upper-30s at Depoe Bay and Waldport; the rest of our reporting stations came in in the low-40s. Clear as a bell at daybreak, frosty windshields in some places and a light east wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 56F/44F
Depoe Bay: 57F/38F
Forecast: We’ll have the wet side down and the sunny side up for the next couple of days as high pressure builds into the Central Coast. Look for mostly sunny skies after a few morning clouds today, a high of 55F and light east winds. Clear tonight and chilly with lows of 40F or a little below. Expect more sunshine tomorrow, high again around 55F, and light easterlies. Outlook is for increasing clouds by tomorrow night and varying chances of a little rain Thursday through Saturday. Temperatures remain seasonal at 45-55F except we could hit 60-65F Sunday when a warm air mass moves in and full-on sunshine returns.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, spots of ice, patchy dense fog, becoming sunny, highs of 45-50F. Valley destinations are expecting areas of fog, partly sunny and a high of 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for partly sunny skies, blustery east winds, temps about 50F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on all highway passes this morning, carry chains or traction tires; mostly sunny and the freezing level is at 5,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 41”, a gain of 2” since yesterday; an overall gain of 5” in the past seven days; 10” 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 0”/38”/packed and hard packed
Timberline 2”/49”/packed powder
Marine: Winds are light easterly less than 10 knots this morning, but seas are still lumpy 10 footers at 13 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 30 feet and less, and to uninspected passenger vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 26 feet and less. NE winds today 10-15 knots with a few gusts near 20 and seas falling to 8 feet at 13 seconds. Tonight, look for the breeze to ease to NE 5-10 knots with a 5 foot swell. Light E wind tomorrow, 5-10 knots, with swells around 6 feet. Outlook is for fairly benign conditions during mid-week as the wind goes S 5-15 knots; however, a larger, long period swell of 10-13 feet is expected to affect local waters Friday and Saturday.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, light breeze, surf 7-9 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 and all three celestial bodies are in a nearly straight line. The tides are being documented to help visualize and understand the impacts of sea level rise in the coming decades. You’re invited to participate in the project by taking pictures of areas impacted by King Tides today and tomorrow, 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.
01/20 Tue 11:24 AM 10.26 H (King Tide)
01/20 Tue 06:16 PM -1.50 L
01/21 Wed 12:53 AM 8.30 H
01/21 Wed 06:13 AM 2.54 L
In Short: Mainly clear, light winds, partly cloudy, then increasing clouds.