Tuesday, Mar. 10th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday was on and off clearing and clouds. The day began with a low-level marine cloud deck, followed by a short sunny period after lunch, higher-level overcast for much of the later afternoon, a long period of clearing between sunset and midnight, more clouds again until about 3:00am and finally skies cleared until daybreak. High temperatures were mainly in the low-50s and winds were light most of the day except for a moderate northwest breeze in the afternoon. This morning, thin high clouds were fuzzing-up the waning gibbous Moon, patchy fog had developed and it was dead calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 56F/45F
Depoe Bay: 52F/41F
Forecast: We’re on track for a transition to wet and windy conditions, beginning with increasing clouds today. High around 55F and northeast winds 10-15 mph gusting 25. Tonight, rain begins, lasting through tomorrow, and the breeze goes south, so to speak, 10-20 mph gusting 20-30. Expect a quarter to a half inch of precipitation between tonight and tomorrow night. Outlook is for a chance of rain on Thursday and then mostly sunny Friday. The next weather system we’ve been hinting at for the weekend is shaping up to be a possible Pineapple Express gully washer with a tap into tropical moisture. And, we could have some rather stiff winds Saturday and Sunday. The mercury, however, will stay in this Winter’s usual range of 40-45F lows and 55-60F highs.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly sunny with 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting increasing clouds and highs of 65-70F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for partly sunny skies, east winds gusting 20 mph, temps around 70F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the passes this morning, temperatures are 30-40F; partly sunny, the free air freezing level is at 11,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 34”; no change since yesterday; an overall loss of 2” in the past seven days; 69” less than this date last year; 92% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack). NOTE: The National Weather Service has issued its Spring and Summer Outlook for Oregon’s water supply, snow pack and flood potential. Read it here.
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 early, spring later
Timberline 0”/48”/enjoy a great day of riding
Marine: Winds are calm to light along the Central Coast this morning but blowing N 10-15 knots near the Columbia River and S 10-15 knots at Cape Blanco, indicating a weather system is approaching from the south; seas are 3-4 feet at 11 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect at 1:00pm this afternoon and continues through tomorrow evening. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect from Wednesday morning through evening. NE winds 10-15 knots early today, rising to SE 10-20 knots gusting 25 by this afternoon, and seas 3 feet at 12 seconds with 3 foot windwaves. Tonight, S winds rising to 20-25 knots, seas building to 6 feet. Near gale-force winds tomorrow, 20-25 knots gusting 30, and combined seas growing to 11 feet. Outlook is for southerlies easing to 5-15 knots Thursday and Friday with seas down to 6-7 feet, but winds rising again Saturday to 20-25 knots and seas rebuilding to 11-12 feet.
On the Beach… Becoming overcast, breezy, surf 3 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
03/10 Tue 10:01 AM 1.24 L
03/10 Tue 04:14 PM 6.51 H
03/10 Tue 09:47 PM 2.44 L
03/11 Wed 04:07 AM 7.94 H
In Short: Increasing clouds, windy, rain, drying, then more rain.