Sunday, Jan. 25th – Lincoln County
Summary: Lincoln City got the jump on the rest of us yesterday by setting a new record high temperature of 60F. High clouds filtered the Sun through part of the day, but that didn’t keep scads of visitors from heading to the Central Coast. The beaches and wayside parking areas looked typical of a July day, not January. Generally, temps rose to about 60F and winds were light. A little fog developed in the late afternoon and evening, but skies cleared entirely around 10:00pm. Lows were in the 40s. This morning, it was partly cloudy and east winds were blowing 10-15 mph with some gusts into the 20s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 60F*/53F/*Previous record high, 58F in 2003.
Depoe Bay: 60F/43F
Several locations in Northwest Oregon set record highs yesterday:
Troutdale, 63F, previous was 61F in 1984
Salem, 64F, tied previous 64F in 1935
Eugene, 68F, previous was 65F in 1935*
* It was the fourth warmest day on record for the month of January since 1890 for Eugene airport. The warmest temperature ever in January was 69F, set on two days in 1931 and one in 1914.
Forecast: While the Valley is socked-in with dense fog and low clouds, it appears our area is still on track to see the thermometer ascend the scale today to 65-70F or a bit higher; records will more than likely fall. Along with mostly sunny skies, expect moderate east winds. Tonight, the breeze turns light southerly and lows dip to the low-50s. Sunshine pays a return visit tomorrow, but an onshore wind flow will moderate the mercury to about 60F. Outlook is for increasing clouds and a chance of rain Tuesday, showers possible Wednesday, partly sunny Thursday and mostly sunny Friday through next weekend, with unseasonably warm temps of 45-60F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, areas of fog early, partly cloudy by afternoon, highs 60-65F. Valley destinations are under a Dense Fog Advisory, cloudy skies and a high of 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for areas of fog this morning, then mostly sunny, east windy, temps near 55F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement in the passes this morning; sunny with the freezing level at 13,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is dry pavement with patchy fog tonight in the Valley and Coast Range, clear in the Gorge and Cascades; the freezing level remains high at 13,000 feet through tonight.
Highway 101 Travel Advisories…
* A project to smooth the asphalt on Highway 101 north of Newport will restrict travel to a single lane tomorrow, January 26th, from 8:00am until 4:00pm. An asphalt grinder will be working from Beverly Beach State Park to the Newport city limits (Mileposts 133-136). Traffic will be controlled by flaggers, creating delays of no more than 20 minutes.
* Beginning tomorrow, ODOT will begin installing netting material on the Siuslaw River Bridge, designed to keep birds from nesting beneath the concrete spans. Travel will be restricted to a single lane on Highway 101 at Florence. The work continues daily through Thursday, January 29th, from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Bridge traffic will be controlled by flaggers with delays of 20 minutes or less.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 35”, a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall gain of 1” in the past seven days; 14” less than this date last year; 81% 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”/18”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/45”/spring or soft
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/5”/open for tubing only
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/32”/soft wet granular
Timberline 0”/28”/soft wet
Marine: Seas are still up around 8-10 feet at 13 seconds this morning with E winds 10-15 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 36 feet and less, and to uninspected passenger vessels 32 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 26 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect through this evening. Expect W swells 10 feet at 13 seconds today and tonight with NE winds 5-15 knots, veering S and rising after midnight to 10-15 knots gusting 20. Tomorrow, southerly winds 15-20 knots occasionally gusting 25 with 9 foot seas at 14 seconds. Outlook is for breeze and seas to subside on Tuesday as SW winds fade to 10-15 knots and seas drop to 7 feet. Wednesday and Thursday, look for easterlies 5-15 knots with swells 5-6 feet.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, a little breezy, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
01/25 Sun 10:01 AM 1.67 L
01/25 Sun 03:56 PM 7.51 H
01/25 Sun 09:58 PM 1.11 L
01/26 Mon 04:39 AM 9.13 H
In Short: Mainly clear, warm, east winds, then cooler with showers.