Thursday, Jan. 22nd – Lincoln County
Summary: High and thin clouds filtered the Sun yesterday generating ambiguous shades of color until late afternoon when the overcast filled in and we became shadowless (if that’s a word). The thermometer once again recorded unseasonable highs in the mid-50s; the normal high for January 21st on the Central Coast is 48F. Winds were light and variable. Mostly cloudy skies lasted throughout the evening and overnight with low temps dipping to the low- to mid-40s. At daybreak, skies were mostly cloudy over a ruffle of east wind and, like a good fridge, we were frost-free.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 54F/45F
Depoe Bay: 57F/41F
Forecast: Computer models and meteorologists are sending mixed messages about the next couple of days’ weather. Averaging it all out, apparently we’ll see mostly cloudy skies, potential sunbreaks and a 50-50 chance of rain today and tomorrow. The mercury rises to 55F or a little above during the days and slumps slightly to 50F at night. Outlook is for partly sunny skies on Saturday, high near 60F. Forecasts are in agreement for Sunday and Monday anticipating sunshine and warmer temps of 65F, or higher. Clouds return Tuesday and Wednesday along with a slight chance of showers. Highs 55-60F, lows of 50F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, a chance of rain, highs 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting a chance of rain and a high of 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a chance of rain, light east winds, temps near 50F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on Willamette and Santiam Passes this morning, bare pavement at Government Camp; a chance of rain with the snow level at 7,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 40”, a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall gain of 5” in the past seven days; 10” 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 0”/5”/closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/38”/hardpack and wetpack
Timberline 0”/28”/packed powder
Marine: There’s an offshore flow this morning with E winds 10-15 knots and seas 5 feet at 10 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas goes into effect this afternoon and is in place through Saturday night. Winds veer to light southerly 5-10 knots today and seas build to 7 feet at 13 seconds. Tonight, expect mixed swells 8 feet at 12 seconds and S winds 10-15 knots. The swell continues rising tomorrow to 9-10 feet at 12 seconds though winds stay down to S 10-15 knots. Outlook is for the peak of a long-period swell to arrive on Saturday, 11-12 feet at 15-16 seconds, with a southerly breeze 5-10 knots gusting 15. Light S to E winds on Sunday and Monday, 5-10 knots, and seas subsiding to 10 feet.
Notices to Mariners… Cleft of the Rock Light on Cape Perpetua, located in a privately-owned lighthouse, is dark (apparently permanently) and has been deleted from nautical charts and the US Coast Guard’s Light List. Electronic editions of all 2015 Light Lists are available on the USCG Navigation Center’s website here.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, maybe some rain, light breeze, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
* Sneaker waves are possible this weekend as a fair-sized, long-period ocean swell arrives on the Central Coast.
01/22 Thu 07:05 AM 2.23 L
01/22 Thu 01:04 PM 9.83 H
01/22 Thu 07:42 PM -1.14 L
01/23 Fri 02:18 AM 8.93 H
In Short: Mainly overcast, chance of rain, light winds, then slow clearing and warm.