Saturday, Mar. 14th – Lincoln County
Summary: The scenario unfolded about like expected yesterday with increasing clouds, however, the tropical air associated with the arriving storm system pushed afternoon temperatures higher than anticipated, into the 60s. There was a bit of light rain and drizzle falling already shortly after dusk, and then the real wet stuff started on schedule shortly after midnight. Precipitation totals were over half an inch. Strong southwest winds kicked-in early this morning gusting to 45 mph at our Central Coast reporting stations. Top gusts regionally were 93 mph on Mary’s Peak in the Coast Range east of Newport, 78 mph at Cape Meares and 54 mph on the Yaquina Bay Bridge. It was still blowing and raining at daybreak.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 66F/52F/46mph/0.71”
Depoe Bay: 61F/51F/45mph/0.78”
Forecast: It’s going to be a soggy Pi Day, the unofficial March 14th holiday celebrating the mathematical expression pi=3.14 (this year is unique, as pi is carried out to four decimal places, 3.1415). Today will also be a special albeit wet one for the Shamrock Run in Newport. The race starts at 9:26:53am (because carried out even further, pi=3.141592653). Mathematics aside, rain continues through the day, with up to an inch, and southerly winds blow 30-40 mph early, subsiding to 15-25 mph by this afternoon. High temps about 55F. Another inch or so of rain is predicted for tonight with light northwest winds and a low near 50F. Tomorrow, rain with lesser accumulations, a quarter to a half inch, northeast winds 10-15 mph gusting 20 and thermometer readings of 55F. Outlook is for unsettled weather much of next week with a chance of showers, variable cloudiness and clearing periods. Thursday and Friday look sunny. Temperatures remain in the range of 45F to 60F all week.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, rainy and windy with 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting rain, breezy and highs of 60-65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, gusty west winds, temps around 60F. For the Cascades, there is wet pavement on the highway passes this morning, temperatures are 40-45F; rainy and breezy, the snow level is above 8,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is rainy and windy with wet pavement through Sunday night in all of Northwest Oregon including the Cascades where the snow level is expected to remain above the passes.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 28”; a loss of 3” since yesterday; an overall loss of 8” in the past seven days; 79” less than this date last year; 93% 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”/45”/wet packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/1”/tubing only
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/28”/granular rain-soaked, standing water
Timberline 0”/43”/lifts on standby
Marine: It’s stormy this morning with S winds 35-40 knots and slab-sided seas 10-12 feet at 8-9 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational vessels, and to uninspected passenger vessels 34 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Gale Warning is in effect until 1:00pm this afternoon. S winds 25-30 knots gusting to 40 or higher with combined rough seas building to 14 feet at 8 seconds. The breeze veers to SW and eases this afternoon to 15-20 knots gusting 25 and seas subside to 11 feet at 10 seconds. Tonight, NW winds 10-15 knots gusting 20, seas falling quickly to 6 feet. Nor’easters are expected tomorrow, 15-20 knots gusting 25, with mixed seas around 5 feet. Outlook is for E winds on Monday, 5-10 knots gusting 15, seas 5 feet. W winds 5-10 knots Wednesday; E winds 10-15 knots Thursday; and swells 7-8 feet.
On the Beach… Rainy and breezy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
03/14 Sat 06:47 AM 7.73 H
03/14 Sat 02:05 PM 0.75 L
03/14 Sat 08:55 PM 5.99 H
03/15 Sun 01:49 AM 3.52 L
In Short: Wet and windy, then unsettled.