Sunday, Mar. 15th – Lincoln County
Summary: Pluviophiles were dancing in the streets yesterday as 2” of rain deluged the Central Coast; the well-advertised atmospheric river of tropical precipitation began flowing directly through our area. And, in the wake of a rather stiff breeze in the morning, southerlies settled down to 15-20 mph with a few higher gusts before noon. Temperatures remained mainly in the upper-50s, though Yachats made it to 61F. The rain continued throughout the evening and overnight; low temps dipped only a couple of degrees from the highs. At daybreak, it was still raining and winds were out of the southeast at 10-15 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Storm Total Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/52F/2.13”/2.84”
Depoe Bay: 55F/51F/1.99”/2.77”
Regional Record Rainfall Yesterday/Previous Record…
Salem: 1.30”/0.86” in 1974
Vancouver: 1.34”/0.88” in 1904
McMinnville: 1.37”/1.00” in 1999
Portland: 1.44”/0.83” in 1967
Hillsboro: 1.44”/0.69” in 1952
Troutdale: 1.52”/1.01” in 1961
* A High Wind Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, in effect from 1:00pm this afternoon to 9:00pm this evening. South winds increasing to 30-40 mph with gusts to 65 mph near beaches and headlands. For coastal communities, south winds 20-30 mph with gusts to 55 mph. Highest winds from midday through evening.
* A Storm Warning has been hoisted for coastal waters (see Marine below).
* A Wind Advisory is in effect for the Willamette Valley (see Travel below).
Forecast: The upshot of current predictions is a lot more wind, a lot less rain. South-southeast winds are expected to begin ramping-up before lunchtime, building quickly and then blowing through this evening at 30-40 mph gusting 55-65, strongest on the beaches and headlands. Today’s rainfall should be moderate with maybe an additional half inch or so, and the mercury will change little, reaching about 55F. Tonight, the breeze eases by midnight, the rain turns to showers and lows dip to 45F. It looks like tomorrow will be a potpourri of possible showers, clouds, sunshine, light winds and highs of 55-60F. Outlook is for unsettled conditions Tuesday and Wednesday, sunny on Thursday, and then a chance of showers through the weekend. Highs of 55-60F and lows of 45F are projected to continue.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, rainy and windy with 55-60F. Valley destinations are under a Wind Advisory for southeast winds 20-25 mph gusting 40, rain and highs of 60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, light east 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 8,000 feet decreasing to 7,000 feet this afternoon. Outlook for weekend travelers is rainy and windy with wet pavement tonight in all of Northwest Oregon including the Cascades where the snow level is expected to remain above the passes.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 25”; a loss of 3” since yesterday; an overall loss of 10” in the past seven days; 81” 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”/44”/wet packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/1”/tubing hill on standby
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/27”/granular, rain-soaked, standing water
Timberline 0”/41”/all lifts closed today
Marine: Southeast winds are blowing 10-15 knots gusting 20 this morning and seas have fallen to 6 feet at 9-10 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar has not reported. Yaquina Bay bar is expected to be closed shortly to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Storm Warning is in effect from 11:00am this morning through this evening. S winds rising to 40-45 knots gusting 50 by mid-afternoon and combined very rough seas building rapidly to 17 feet at 9 seconds. Tonight, expect SW winds 30-35 knots gusting 45 in the evening, easing to 20-25 knots late; combined steep seas 15 feet subsiding to 10 feet after midnight. It’s all over tomorrow with a light sou’easter 5-10 knots and swells down to 6 feet at 10 seconds. Outlook is for S winds 5-15 knots on Tuesday, a NE breeze 5-10 knots on Wednesday, and a SE wind 5 knots Thursday; seas varying through the period from 3 to 9 feet, highest on Wednesday. Another round of stronger winds is possible next weekend.
On the Beach… Rainy, extremely breezy, surf building to 16 feet (high).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
03/15 Sun 08:00 AM 7.87 H
03/15 Sun 03:09 PM 0.34 L
03/15 Sun 09:55 PM 6.49 H
03/16 Mon 03:05 AM 3.12 L
In Short: Wet and very windy, then showers and partial clearing.