Thursday, Mar. 5th – Lincoln County
Summary: On the heels of a frosty morning, sunshine pushed the mercury up into the mid-50s yesterday. Summer-like northwest winds blew 10-15 mph gusting into the 20s during the afternoon, but quickly faded after sunset. As darkness fell, the Full Worm Moon rose in the eastern sky. This apparition is also sometimes called the Full Sap, Crust or Crow Moon, and is the smallest full moon of the year. It is 30,000 miles farther away from Earth than will be 2015’s closest full moon, the Harvest Supermoon on September 28th. At dawn, the Moon was sinking into the western horizon, skies were partly cloudy and low temps were just above freezing.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 58F/42F
Depoe Bay: 55F/37F
Forecast: We’re in for another mostly sunny day with highs around 60F this afternoon and light winds. The Moon reaches its full stage at 10:05am and rises tonight behind partly cloudy skies at 6:28pm, so viewing should be very good. The thermometer is expected to dip to about 40F overnight. Patchy fog kicks off tomorrow, followed by a few clouds mixed with sunshine and highs of 60F. Outlook is for mostly clear skies Saturday through Monday, high temps rising to 60-65F and lows near 45F. Long range projections are coming into better alignment showing a change to wet weather beginning sometime Tuesday and possibly lasting all week.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, spots of ice early, then mostly sunny with 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light west winds, temps around 60F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on Willamette Pass this morning, but bare pavement at Santiam Pass and Government Camp, temperatures are 25-35F; mostly sunny, the free air freezing level is at 9,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 36”; no change since yesterday; an overall gain of 4” in the past seven days; 72” 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”/1”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/50”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/12”/closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/32”/carveable hardpack
Timberline 0”/50”/enjoy a great day of riding
Marine: Let’s go fishing! You just don’t get Winter conditions much more tranquil than this morning – winds are NNE 5 knots with rounded seas 3-4 feet at 16 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. There could be a smidge more breeze by this afternoon, northerly 15 knots, and mixed swells/chop about 3 feet. Tonight, a light E wind 10 knots gusting 15 along with 5 foot swells. A weak weather disturbance brings the wind around to SE 5-10 knots tomorrow but seas hold at 5 feet. Outlook is for a sunny and mild weekend with N winds 5-10 knots and swells around 4 feet. On Monday, a light NW breeze, 5-10 knots, seas 4 feet. Southerly weather with a bit more wind is possible beginning Tuesday and lasting into the week.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, light breeze, surf 3 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
03/05 Thu 05:55 AM 1.99 L
03/05 Thu 11:55 AM 8.10 H
03/05 Thu 06:15 PM 0.50 L
03/06 Fri 12:38 AM 7.82 H
In Short: Partly cloudy, light winds, warm days, cool nights, then repeat.