Tuesday, Feb. 10th – Lincoln County
Summary: Meteorological chatter had theorized from the get-go that the final storm in the current series could be the strongest. Round 4 yesterday lived up to those speculations, but only at the last minute. Forecasts were trending down for this storm as late as Sunday night because it looked like the bulk of the energy would affect the Northern California Coast more than the Oregon Coast. Just before 8:00am, however, a High Wind Warning was quickly issued and almost immediately, extremely gusty south winds were buffeting our area. Yachats was the clear winner at 72 mph, picking up the trophy for highest gust on the Central Coast. It was, in fact, the strongest blast recorded anywhere on the Oregon Coast yesterday including the headlands and beaches where anemometers are in place. Overall rainfall for the series was very close to projections made last week that we’d get 5-7 inches. Again, Yachats gets the nod with 8.63” for the storm total. The wind and rain continued through much of Monday, slowly easing until both dropped off significantly around 11:00pm last night. At daybreak, winds were light southwest and rain showers dotted the area.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Storm Total Rain…
Lincoln City: 55F/51F/50mph/0.86”/5.91”
Depoe Bay: 53F/48F/53mph/1.20”/6.87”
Forecast: The last of the rain should be ending after some showers early today, followed by gradual clearing, light winds and a high about 55F this afternoon. Increasing clouds are expected tonight, lows near 45F. Partly sunny skies are predicted for tomorrow, light east winds and warmer with the mercury headed for 60F. Outlook is for areas of fog developing tomorrow night and Thursday morning, turning to sunny skies and highs near 60F. Partly to mostly clear Friday through Monday, a little northeast wind at times, and unseasonable mercury readings between 45F and 60F (average mid-February temperatures are lows of 40F and highs of 50F).
Travel: In the Coast Range today, isolated showers and partly sunny with 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog, becoming mostly sunny and a high of 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for scattered showers, becoming sunny, light west winds, temps around 50F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice at Willamette Pass, slush and snow pack at Santiam Pass, wet pavement at Government Camp, temperatures are around 35F; scattered rain and snow showers, the snow level is at 5,000 feet. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 39”, a gain of 11” since yesterday; an overall gain of 8” in the past seven days; 39” less than this date last year; 90% 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”/3”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 3”/50”/packed powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/1”/ladies night cosmic tubing
Mt. Hood Meadows 6”/32”/packed powder
Timberline 11”/39”/packed powder
Marine: Mariners can begin breathing a sigh of relief as the ocean finally settles down. Winds are WSW 10 knots this morning, though seas are still steep 10 footers at 11 seconds. 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 vessels 34 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect until 10:00am. W to SW winds are expected today, 10-15 knots, and seas should be subsiding to 9 feet at 14 seconds. Tonight, an E wind 5-10 knots gusting 15 with the swell falling to 6 feet at 13 seconds. Tomorrow, look for light sou’easters of 5-10 knots and seas around 7 feet. Outlook is for SE winds 5-10 knots again on Thursday, but swells rebuilding to 11 feet. S wind is predicted for Friday, 5-10 knots, swells 8 feet. And on Saturday, a Summer-like pattern of northerlies 15-20 knots with 4 foot chop topping a 7 foot swell.
On the Beach… Showers, partly sunny, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
02/10 Tue 10:30 AM 2.25 L
02/10 Tue 04:26 PM 6.02 H
02/10 Tue 09:58 PM 2.69 L
02/11 Wed 04:39 AM 7.98 H
In Short: Showers, mostly cloudy, then dry and partly cloudy.