Wednesday, Jan. 21st – Lincoln County
Summary: Scattered high clouds and light variable winds gave us another pleasant one yesterday. It was a bit cooler as highs topped out in the low-50s, but, for January, who’s complaining? The most stunning sight came just after sunset when most of our fellow travelers around the Sun were in the night sky. Off to the southwest, Venus was shining brilliantly, accompanied closely by Pluto and Mercury. Mars and Neptune were paired a little higher up, Uranus a ways above them, the tiniest slice of Moon was just visible, and in the east, Jupiter rose brightly. The only Solar System member not at last evening’s party was Saturn, which currently appears just before sunrise in the southeast. Skies remained clear and star-studded overnight. This morning, temps had dropped below 40F and there were frosty cars and rooftops in most locations.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 54F/44F
Depoe Bay: 54F/36F
Forecast: A mixed bag of weather is headed this way and forecasts are all over the map. It does appear that we’ll see increasing clouds today, highs around 55F and light east winds. Tonight, look for a slight chance of rain and a low of 45F. A couple of weak weather systems are making a run at us for tomorrow through Friday with a 50-50 chance of rain, not much wind and the mercury hovering around 50-55F. Outlook is for partly sunny on Saturday, sunny and warm with a high near 65F Sunday and Monday, then partly sunny and cooler Tuesday.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, spots of ice early, partly cloudy, highs of 45-55F. Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog, partly sunny and a high of 45F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for increasing clouds, east winds gusting 30 mph or higher, temps 45-50F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on all highway passes this morning, carry chains or traction tires; mostly sunny with the freezing level at 8,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 41”, no change since yesterday; an overall gain of 5” in the past seven days; 9” less than this date last year; 77% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/12”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/46”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 1”/6”/closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/38”/hardpack and packed powder
Timberline 0”/40”/packed powder, Palmer open today
Marine: If you’ve been waiting for settled conditions to get offshore, today may be the day. There’s a light easterly breeze this morning 5-10 knots with seas down to 5 feet at 11 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. The wind remains E today, 5-10 knots with a few gusts to 15, and seas stay around 5 feet at 11 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow, the wind goes S 10-15 knots gusting 20 with seas building from 5 to 9 feet at 12-14 seconds. Outlook is for S winds 20-25 knots on Friday and the swell builds to 10 feet. Saturday, expect southerlies 10-15 knots along with a 12 foot, long-period swell at 16-20 seconds. Sunday, back to light easterlies 5-10 knots and seas subsiding to 9 feet.
On the Beach… Sun and clouds, light breeze, surf 5 feet (low).
* Sneaker waves are possible this weekend as a fair-sized, long-period ocean swell arrives on the Central Coast. We’ll keep you posted.
* The last in the January series of King Tides occurs at 12:13pm this afternoon. For more information on Oregon’s King Tide photo project, and to participate, click here. The final series of extra high tides for this winter will happen February 17th-19th.
01/21 Wed 06:23 AM 2.54 L
01/21 Wed 12:13 PM 10.19 H (King Tide)
01/21 Wed 06:59 PM -1.46 L
01/22 Thu 01:35 AM 8.66 H
In Short: Increasing clouds, light winds, chance of rain, then dry, warm and clearing.