Wednesday, Feb. 18th – Lincoln County
Summary: No record highs were set on the Central Coast yesterday, though the mercury still rose well above normal for mid-February. Lincoln City was the warmest at 64F. Regionally, Hillsboro at 64F tied 64F in 1948, and McMinnville hit 66F breaking the old mark of 65F in 1996. Mainly sunny skies were the rule through much of the day, but an omen of change appeared around lunchtime when the wind abruptly switched from east to southwest. That greased the slide for the clouds, which had been parked on the horizon, to begin moving toward shore. By shortly after sunset it was totally overcast as a minor weather disturbance moved in. Low level marine clouds persisted overnight with low temps around 50F. At daybreak, a few sucker holes punctured the overcast, winds were light and there was drizzle visible offshore on radar.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 64F/53F
Depoe Bay: 62F/49F
Forecast: It’s a crap shoot whether any precipitation actually hits the ground today. The dry air currently in place is making it extremely difficult for even drizzle to develop. Nevertheless, it’ll be mostly cloudy, a few sunbreaks, light southwest winds and a high around 55F. Tonight, expect clouds to hang on, winds go calm and the thermometer dips to 45F. Partly to mostly sunny skies look feasible for tomorrow, light northwest winds, and highs again around 55F. Outlook is for another minor disturbance to bring a slight chance of showers tomorrow night before we get back into the sunshine mode all the way through the weekend and into next week. Temperatures will still be above normal, but probably not record breaking.
Seafood & Wine Festival… Partly to mostly sunny days, highs 55F, mainly clear nights, lows 40-45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, cloudy, chance of drizzle with 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting mostly cloudy skies and a high of 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for partly sunny, light winds, temps around 55F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the passes this morning, temperatures are around 40F; partly cloudy today, the free air freezing level is at 10,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 32”, no change since yesterday; an overall loss of 2” in the past seven days; 70” 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
Timberline 0”/28”/wet packed
Marine: The breeze is SSW 10-15 knots this morning and seas are 6 feet at 15 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Expect winds out of the SW early today, 10-15 knots with a few gusts near 20, veering to W and easing to 5-10 knots this afternoon with a 5 foot swell at 13 seconds. Northerlies are on tap tonight and tomorrow, 5-10 knots gusting 15, with swells 5-6 feet at 11-12 seconds. Outlook is for N wind on Friday, 10-15 knots with gusts to 20 and choppy seas around 6 feet. For the weekend, NE winds 15-20 knots, windwaves 3 feet and swells 5-7 feet.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, light breeze, surf 4-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* The final two King Tides for this Winter are today and tomorrow. If you’d like to participate in the Oregon King Tides Project (photographing these extremely high tides), go here.
02/18 Wed 11:15 AM 9.91 H (King Tide)
02/18 Wed 05:53 PM -1.17 L
02/19 Thu 12:22 AM 8.65 H
02/19 Thu 06:01 AM 1.46 L
In Short: Mainly cloudy, light winds, chance of drizzle, then slow clearing.