Tuesday, Feb. 17th – Lincoln County
Summary: You could have joined the cacophony of lawn mowers, worked in your flower beds, walked on the beach, hiked in the woods or gone fishing. Any would have qualified as activities typical of a May or June day. Of course, Atypical (with a capital A) was the fact that yesterday happened in the middle of February. Lots of sunshine and unseasonable temperatures made President’s Day weather an ill fit for the calendar. Except for Newport and Depoe Bay, record highs were set along the Central Coast. Waldport nailed the blue ribbon with 71F. A sometimes gusty east wind was the only fly in the ointment, but it came and went, doing little to thwart outdoor events. Skies remained clear though the evening and overnight with lows around 50F. This morning, it was clear as a bell with moderate east winds.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/*Record High…
Lincoln City: 64F*/53F/*Beat 63F in 1957
Depoe Bay: 66F/49F/Record 69F in 1987
Newport: 64F/50F/Record 69F in 1987
Waldport: 71F*/44F/*Beat 67F in 1957
Yachats: 69F*/52F/*Beat 67F in 1957
Regional Record Highs…
Portland 61F tied 61F in 1973
Vancouver 62F tied 62F in 2010
Hillsboro 62F beat 61F in 1947
Salem 66F beat 65F in 1902
Forecast: Another mostly sunny one illuminates the crystal ball today with highs again near 65F and moderate east winds. A short-lived change is expected tonight and tomorrow as a pair of weak weather disturbances weasel their way in from the southwest, creating a 50-50 chance of some drizzle or light rain. It’ll be a touch cooler, too, with a high around 55F and low of 45F. Outlook is for a return to mostly clear skies Thursday through Monday; the mercury rises to 55-60F during the day and dips to 40-45F at night.
Seafood & Wine Festival… Mostly sunny days, highs 55-60F, clear nights, lows 40-45F.
Travel: Motorists should expect intermittent single-lane restrictions all week during daylight hours on Highway 34, about a mile west of Philomath (Milepost 51.25). Crews are clearing brush and trees for a culvert project; flaggers will control traffic with delays of up to 20 minutes. In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny, gusty east winds with 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog, sunshine and a high of 65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, east winds gusting 30 mph, temps around 60F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the passes this morning; sunny and breezy, the free air freezing level is at 13,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 32”, no change since yesterday; an overall gain of 1” in the past seven days; 57” 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”/47”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/1”/closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/30”/frozen and loose granular
Marine: East winds are 10-15 knots this morning and seas are 3 feet at 12 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. While easterlies should stay about 10-15 knots nearshore today, a Small Craft Advisory is in effect out past 10 miles for winds veering to SE 10-15 knots gusting 25 from this evening through tomorrow morning; seas 4-5 feet at 13 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow, southerlies are expected, 10-15 knots gusting 20-25, seas 6 feet, patchy fog and a chance of drizzle. Outlook is for N winds Thursday and Friday, 10-15 knots gusting 20-25, strongest winds offshore, and swells 5-6 feet. Saturday, a NE breeze 10-20 knots and choppy 5-6 foot seas.
On the Beach… Sunny, breezy, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* King Tides begin today and run through Thursday. If you’d like to participate in the Oregon King Tides Project (photographing these extremely high tides), go here.
02/17 Tue 10:22 AM 9.73 H (King Tide)
02/17 Tue 05:10 PM -1.06 L
02/17 Tue 11:42 PM 8.12 H
02/18 Wed 05:10 AM 2.03 L
In Short: Mostly clear, east windy, chance of drizzle or light rain, then clearing.