Wednesday, Mar. 25th – Lincoln County
Summary: Between yesterday’s showers and some steady light rain overnight, we picked up around a quarter inch of precipitation in the past 24 hours. But Tuesday could also be remembered as a sunny day as the unsettled nature of the weather allowed the Sun to make frequent and lengthy appearances. The mercury rose to the upper-50s while southwest winds blew just strong enough to cover the ocean with small whitecaps. The situation changed abruptly when the advertised weather system made landfall about 8:00pm and rain returned. The southwest breeze picked up shortly after midnight with gusts around 30 mph, and it rained on and off all night. At daybreak, skies were cloudy, there was intermittent light rain and sou’westers blew 15-25 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/51F/31mph/0.29”
Depoe Bay: 56F/48F/28mph/0.28”
Forecast: Within its very definition, ‘unsettled weather’ is perturbing to predict. For instance, cloudy skies are projected again today but we might see some sunshine, too. The breeze should be fading and high temps are expected to hit 60F. Mostly cloudy tonight, lows of 45-50F. Tomorrow is still shaping up to be a Summer-like sensation with mostly sunny skies, light north winds and the thermometer making a run at 65F. Outlook is for unsettled conditions to continue with a chance of rain Friday, partly sunny Saturday and Sunday, a chance of rain or showers Monday and Tuesday. Highs 55F, lows 45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, rain early, cloudy, breezy, with 55-65F. Valley destinations are expecting mainly dry and overcast, but rain in Portland, and highs of 65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, light winds, temps near 60F. For the Cascades, it’s raining with wet pavement on the highway passes this morning, temperatures are 35-40F; rain ending by noon, the snow level is at 6,000 feet. NOTE: Oregon’s studded tire season ends at midnight Tuesday, March 31st.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 32”; a gain of 1” since yesterday; an overall gain of 8” in the past seven days; 80” 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 closed for season
Mt. Bachelor 0”/47”/packed powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 2”/12”/tubing only
Mt. Hood Meadows 3”/32”/packed and wet-packed
Timberline 3”/52”/spring passes available
Marine: Winds are southerly 15-20 knots gusting 25 this morning with lumpy seas 8-9 feet at 11 seconds. Little change from these conditions is expected today as S winds remain 15-20 knots and 7-8 foot swells are topped by 4 foot windwaves. Tonight, the breeze eases to S 5-10 knots with 8 foot seas at 11 seconds. It looks like a light easterly tomorrow, 5-10 knots, and swells 7 feet at 12 seconds. Outlook is for W to SW winds on Friday, 10-15 knots, and then into a Summer-like pattern of afternoon nor’westers over the weekend. Swells stay 8-9 feet through the extended period. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, breezy, surf 5-7 feet (low).
* Oregon Parks and Recreation is hosting Whale Watch Week through Saturday at twenty-four designated sites along the coast. Trained volunteers from the ‘Whale Watching Spoken Here’ program will help you spot gray whales migrating north from Baja California to Alaska. Details and site locations are available here.
03/25 Wed 11:10 AM -0.01 L
03/25 Wed 05:46 PM 6.61 H
03/25 Wed 11:04 PM 2.82 L
03/26 Thu 05:14 AM 8.01 H
In Short: Mainly overcast, Summer, rain again, then partly cloudy.