Monday, Jan. 26th – Lincoln County
Summary: In many respects, yesterday was even nicer than a typical Summer day on the Central Coast. Sunshine and record high temperatures accompanied by very little wind were a far cry from the cool, blustery northwest breezes and fog associated with a normal ‘sunny’ day in the Summer. Beachside parking areas were clogged, people strolled the sand or simply sat on drift-logs gazing at the ocean, while a few folks contracted foot-aches wading in the cold surf. Thousands of Valley residents came out of the fog to enjoy the state’s best weather, right here. Skies stayed clear during the evening and overnight with the waxing crescent Moon beaming down and low temps dropping into the 40s. All clear at daybreak and a light southeast wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Previous Record High…
Lincoln City: 67F/51F/60F in 2003
Depoe Bay: 70F/45F/61F in 1977
Newport: 70F/45F/61F in 1977
Waldport: 65F/49F/Ties 65F in 1989
Yachats: 71F/53F/65F in 1989
Forecast: Whodathunkit; we’d be using the word ‘cooler’ to forecast a 60F day in January. But, that’s the case. With an onshore component in the breeze, temperatures are projected to relax by about 10F today, though it’ll still be mostly sunny early. Increasing clouds from the south are expected as the day progresses followed by a chance of drizzle tonight and tomorrow. The thermometer gets a rest as lows drop to 45F and Tuesday’s high tops out at 55F. Outlook is for a chance of drizzle or light rain to continue through Wednesday, and then partly to mostly clear conditions return Thursday into the weekend. Temperatures should remain above average in the range of 45F to 60F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, areas of fog, partly cloudy, highs 55-60F. Valley destinations are under a Dense Fog Advisory with visibilities under a quarter mile, cloudy and a high of 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, moderate east winds, temps near 55F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on Willamette Pass but bare pavement elsewhere this morning; sunny with the freezing level at 12,000 feet.
Highway 101 Travel Advisories…
* A project to smooth the asphalt on Highway 101 north of Newport will restrict travel to a single lane today from 8:00am until 4:00pm. An asphalt grinder will be working between Beverly Beach State Park and the Newport city limits (Mileposts 133-136). Traffic will be controlled by flaggers, creating delays of no more than 20 minutes.
* Also beginning today, 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 from 9:00am to 3:00pm daily through Thursday. Bridge traffic will be controlled by flaggers with delays of 20 minutes or less.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 34”, a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 5” in the past seven days; 15” less than this date last year; 83% 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”/44”/ soft spring-like
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/5”/open for tubing only
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/32”/soft spring-like
Timberline 0”/28”/ soft spring-like
Marine: There is a light SE breeze 8-10 knots nearshore this morning, but it’s blowing S 10-15 knots offshore with seas 8-9 feet at 14 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 24 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 30 feet and less. Southerlies are expected today and tonight, 10-15 knots gusting 20, along with a swell of 8 feet at 14 seconds. Tomorrow, the breeze veers first to SW then W, 5-10 knots gusting 15, and swells should be around 7 feet. Outlook is for mainly N to NE winds the rest of the week, 5-15 knots, with seas dropping to 4 feet, but rebuilding to 7 feet by Friday.
On the Beach… Sun and clouds, a little breezy, surf 7-9 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
01/26 Mon 11:10 AM 1.53 L
01/26 Mon 05:10 PM 6.72 H
01/26 Mon 10:51 PM 1.99 L
01/27 Tue 05:33 AM 9.05 H
In Short: Cooler, increasing clouds, moderate winds, drizzle and/or showers, then clearing.