Monday, Mar. 16th – Lincoln County
Summary: We headed into the final week of Winter with a real howler yesterday. Flying debris and downed trees were reported throughout the Northwest as southerly winds came roaring in around noon. BLM park rangers Chloe Goldade-Holbrook and Bret Greenheck at the Yaquina Head Lighthouse recorded a gust of 101.1 mph (photo below) for the highest in the area, followed by 86 mph on Mary’s Peak east of Newport and 71 mph atop the Yaquina Bay Bridge. Even the Valley got nailed with winds around 60 mph creating lots of damage and pulling the electrical plug for thousands. The good news was that this windstorm was mostly dry; the heavy rain quit just as the breeze arrived and only about a quarter inch of precipitation was picked up in the rain gauges. High temps were in the mid-50s; the wind slowly faded throughout the afternoon and was gone by 6:00pm. Clouds began dissipating in the evening and were down to a few small puffballs overnight. It was a tad chillier as lows dipped into the low-40s. Daybreak saw a slice of waning crescent Moon, partly cloudy skies and a light northeast wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Storm Total Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/45F/57mph/0.27”/3.11”
Depoe Bay: 56F/43F/51mph/0.38”/3.15”
Regional Peak Gusts…
Cape Meares: 92 mph
Garibaldi: 83 mph
Seaside: 71 mph
Astoria: 67 mph
Portland & Salem: 58 mph
Forecast: In the wake of the storm, today will be entirely different with mostly sunny skies, light east winds and highs near 60F. A chance of showers develops tonight and lows drop to 40F. Tomorrow, a weak weather system is expected to generate mostly cloudy conditions, showers are likely and southwest winds blow 10-15 mph gusting 20 (peanuts, after yesterday). Outlook is for mostly clear again Wednesday and Thursday, a chance of rain Friday, and showers possible Saturday and Sunday. Expect thermometer readings between 60F and 45F all week.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly sunny with 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting mostly sunny skies and highs of 65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for partly sunny, light east winds, temps around 60F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on the highway passes this morning, temperatures are 30-35F; partly sunny, a chance of showers, the snow level is 6,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 24”; a loss of 1” 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”/41”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/1”/closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/25”/operations on hold until Friday
Timberline 1”/41”/spring passes available
Marine: Winds are easterly this morning 5-15 knots and seas have come down to 7-8 feet at 8-9 seconds. And those same conditions are also today’s forecast. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 22 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A change begins tonight as the breeze backs to S 10-15 knots and seas fall to 4 feet at 8 seconds. Tomorrow, a weak weather system comes into local waters bringing S winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 with mixed seas 3-4 feet at 9 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies most of the week, 10-15 knots, but rising to 20-25 knots on Friday. Swells of 7-9 feet are expected during the period.
On the Beach… Sunny, light breeze, surf 5-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
03/16 Mon 09:10 AM 8.18 H
03/16 Mon 04:05 PM -0.09 L
03/16 Mon 10:43 PM 7.10 H
03/17 Tue 04:10 AM 2.46 L
In Short: Mainly clear, light wind, then unsettled with showers and sunshine.