Thursday, Feb. 19th – Lincoln County
Summary: Clouds pretty much ruled the sky yesterday though we did get occasional peeks at the Sun. The thermometer rose into the upper-50s; Waldport hit 60F. Winds were light southwest until around 3:00pm when they backed to the east pushing any chance of precipitation offshore to the west. Clearing periods developed after sunset with Jupiter and Orion making cosmic appearances, but the Moon was invisible because it had reached its New phase at 3:47pm. Low level marine clouds filled back in ‘round midnight and stayed with us overnight; lows temps slumped to 45-50F. At daybreak, there was broken overcast and no wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 59F/50F
Depoe Bay: 57F/44F
Forecast: The overcast isn’t terribly thick so we should have some sunshine at times today. There’s also a slight chance of showers, but you probably won’t need a raincoat. For tonight’s opening of the Newport Seafood & Wine Festival, mostly cloudy skies are expected to continue, winds should be light so the tents won’t be flapping and low temps dip to around 45F. Tomorrow, the party continues under partly to mostly sunny skies, light northwest winds, highs of 55F or so. Outlook is for full festival sunshine Saturday and Sunday with above average temperatures of 55-60F. The one caveat is gusty east winds projected for Sunday. Post-festival, sunny skies are in the cards for Monday and Tuesday, too, highs near 60F, with the next chance of rain possibly developing by midweek.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly sunny, chance of showers with 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting mostly cloudy skies, a slight chance of showers and a high of 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a chance of showers, light winds, temps near 55F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the passes this morning, temperatures are around 35F; a chance of rain and snow showers, the snow level is at 5,000 feet, lowering to near the passes tonight. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 31”, a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 3” in the past seven days; 79” 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”/granular and hardpack
Timberline 0”/28”/wet packed
Marine: Seas are 5 feet at 11 seconds this morning with winds NE 5-10 knots and a few higher gusts. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Northerlies are projected today through Saturday, 5-15 knots, and swells are expected to remain 4-5 feet. Outlook is for a stronger NE wind flow on Sunday, 20-25 knots, with lumpy seas building to 7 feet. Monday, seas and breeze ease; winds NE 10-15 knots and swells drop to 5-6 feet. There is a chance of some robust SW weather developing by the middle of next week.
On the Beach… Clouds and sun, light breeze, surf 3-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* The final King Tide for this Winter is today. If you’d like to participate in the Oregon King Tides Project (photographing this extremely high tide), go here.
02/19 Thu 12:06 PM 9.85 H (King Tide)
02/19 Thu 06:35 PM -1.02 L
02/20 Fri 01:02 AM 9.07 H
02/20 Fri 06:52 AM 0.99 L
In Short: Mostly to partly cloudy, light winds, then clearing.