Monday, Mar. 9th – Lincoln County
Summary: Our Springy Winter continued yesterday with lotsa sunshine, high temps of 60F-plus and light northwest winds through the afternoon hours. It was plenty warm for this time of year over in the Valley, too, as low-70s were recorded in several locations. In the wake of the umpteenth gorgeous sunset, marine clouds began drifting in over the Central Coast again and it was completely overcast by 11:00pm. Overnight, the clouds and some patchy fog obscured the sky; the mercury settled into the mid-40s in most locations. At daybreak, skies remained cloudy and it was dead calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 63F/48F
Depoe Bay: 60F/41F
Forecast: There are those among us who stare into the eyes of another sunny day and say, enough is enough, already. These people, known as pluviophiles, find their spirits lifted by the dark and rainy days of a typical Central Coast Winter. So this year has been rather depressing for them, and they’ll have to struggle through at least one more gloomy assault today with partly sunny skies, no precipitation and highs of 55F. Clouds are expected to thicken tonight and tomorrow with lows of 45F and highs around 55F. Outlook is for jovial pluviophiles tomorrow night and Wednesday when rain is likely, there’s a chance of rain Thursday, and (sorry) mostly sunny skies on Friday. But take heart, rain lovers, another system is projected to dump additional precipitation over the weekend.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, patchy fog, mostly sunny with 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting fog early then sunshine and a high of 65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light west winds, temps around 65F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the passes this morning, temperatures are 30-35F; sunny, the free air freezing level is at 11,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 34”; a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 2” in the past seven days; 71” less than this date last year; 92% 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”/47”/soft spring, Summit lift open
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/1”/closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/31”/granular, spring
Timberline 0”/48”/enjoy a great day of riding
Marine: Seas are still down around 4 feet at 11 seconds with a N wind 5-10 knots this morning. As of 7:30am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Areas of fog and low clouds may obscure visibility early today, but winds should remain light NW 5-10 knots and seas 4 feet at 12-13 seconds. Tonight, areas of fog return with N winds 5-10 knots gusting 15 and 4 foot seas. The breeze veers to E tomorrow, 5-10 knots, swells down to 3 feet. Outlook is for a weather system to arrive on Wednesday packing S winds 20-25 knots by afternoon and seas about 5 feet. Expect southerlies to continue Thursday and Friday at 10-15 knots with seas 8 feet subsiding to 5 feet.
On the Beach… Partly 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.
03/09 Mon 09:19 AM 1.27 L
03/09 Mon 03:27 PM 6.96 H
03/09 Mon 09:13 PM 1.95 L
03/10 Tue 03:32 AM 8.02 H
In Short: Areas of fog, partial clearing, light winds, then wet and windy.