Monday, Feb. 16th – Lincoln County
Summary: Ol’ George couldn’t tell a lie about this weather. Record high temperatures, flowers blooming, trees in blossom, virtually no snow pack in the mountains, and there you have it – apparently there’ll be no Winter this year. Yesterday’s thermometer readings were indeed unusually warm for February, with Lincoln City and Waldport breaking or tying their 58-year-old records for February 15th. Our other communities were close, but no cigar. The sunshine was somewhat filtered and northeast winds occasionally gusted to 25-30 mph. What clouds there were dissipated overnight; lows dipped into the low-40s and even upper-30s in a few spots. At daybreak, clear skies, cool temps and light east winds greeted early President’s Day risers.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/*Record High…
Lincoln City: 63F*/45F/*Breaks old record of 62F in 1957
Depoe Bay: 66F/39F
Waldport: 66F*/43F/*Ties old record of 66F in 1957
Regionally… A record high temperature of 64F was set at Portland yesterday, which breaks the old record of 63F set in 1996. And, Vancouver, Washington, hit 65F, breaking its old record of 64F set way back in 1902.
Forecast: While the East Coast is battered with brrrrr, the West Coast is awed with ahhhhh. If anything, today may be even warmer than yesterday along the Central Coast with full-on sunshine, gusty east winds and the mercury reaching record high territory of 65-70F. Mostly clear skies tonight, lows around 45F and east winds gusting near 25 mph. Increasing clouds tomorrow may cool temps a bit, but we could still see some mid- to upper-60s. Outlook is for a slight chance of rain or drizzle Tuesday night and Wednesday with moderating temperatures. But Thursday through Sunday, it’s back to sunshine and above normal highs of 55-60F, and lows of 45F.
Travel: Beginning today and lasting all week, motorists should expect intermittent single-lane restrictions on Highway 34 during daylight hours, approximately one mile west of Philomath (Milepost 51.25). Crews will be clearing brush and trees in preparation for a culvert replacement project. Flaggers will control traffic, creating delays of up to 20 minutes.
In the Coast Range today, sunny, east windy with 60-70F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine, breezy and a high of 65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, east winds gusting 40 mph, temps around 65F. For the Cascades, spots of ice possible on the passes this morning, temperatures are 25-35F; sunny and breezy, the free air freezing level is at 11,000 feet. Outlook for holiday weekend travelers at the lower elevations is clear tonight with dry pavement; in the Cascades, the free air freezing level stays up around 12,000 feet, but local patches of ice are possible tonight.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 32”, no change since yesterday; an overall gain of 4” in the past seven days; 53” less than this date last year; 91% 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”/0”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/48”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/1”/tubing only
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/31”/frozen and loose granular
Marine: Seas are just 4 feet at 11 seconds this morning, winds are light easterly nearshore and NNE 10-15 knots offshore. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through late tonight. NE winds 10-20 knots gusting 25 are expected today and tonight with choppy 4 foot seas. For tomorrow, E to SE winds 10-20 knots gusting 25 with combined swell/chop around 4 feet. Outlook is for a light sou’wester 10-15 knots on Wednesday, and then N winds 10-15 knots Thursday and Friday; swells 5-6 feet through the period.
On the Beach… Sunny, breezy, surf 2-3 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Another round of King Tides begins tomorrow and runs through this Thursday. If you’d like to participate in the Oregon King Tides Project (photographing these extremely high tides), go here.
02/16 Mon 09:28 AM 9.37 H
02/16 Mon 04:25 PM -0.69 L
02/16 Mon 11:01 PM 7.53 H
02/17 Tue 04:17 AM 2.64 L
In Short: Warm, east winds and mostly clear, chance of drizzle, then more Summer.