Thursday, Mar. 26th – Lincoln County
Summary: We were able to weasel out a bit of sunshine yesterday despite mostly overcast skies and a tad of barely-recordable drizzle early in the morning. High temperatures clawed their way up to around 60F and southwest winds blew 10-15 mph gusting into the 20s until sunset when they went calm. Skies were fair to cloudy through the evening and much of the overnight period; lows dipped to 45-50F. Patchy fog developed early this morning with visibility at times down to less than a mile in places. At daybreak, some areas along the Central Coast still had fog but the sky was clearing overhead and the breeze was negligible.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 60F/51F/0.03”
Depoe Bay: 57F/48F/0.02”
Waldport: 61F/47F/<0.01” Yachats: 60F/50F/0.01” [caption id="attachment_133136" align="aligncenter" width="975"] Click ad for details[/caption]
Forecast: When the patchy fog lifts, we’re in for a bonus day with mostly sunny skies, light northwest winds and the mercury rising to 60-65F this afternoon. Conditions should be ideal for Spring Break whale watching or rollin’ out the barbecue after work (sunset isn’t until 7:35pm, so you’ll have time to burn some burgers before dark). Partly cloudy tonight, low 40-50F. Look for a change tomorrow as clouds start filling in and the wind goes south. Outlook is for rain and a rising breeze tomorrow night, partly sunny Saturday and Sunday, and then a chance of rain and/or showers Monday through Wednesday. Temperatures should remain fairly static between 45F and 55F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, patchy fog, mostly sunny with 65-70F. Valley destinations are expecting dense fog early, becoming sunny and highs of 70-75F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, light east winds, temps near 75F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highway passes this morning, temperatures are 30-35F; mostly sunny, the free air freezing level is at 11,000 feet. NOTE: Oregon’s studded tire season ends at midnight Tuesday, March 31st.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 31”; a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall gain of 6” in the past seven days; 83” 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 closed for season
Mt. Bachelor 0”/48”/wide variety, Summit lift open
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/12”/tubing only
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/29”/wet-packed
Timberline 0”/51”/sunny spring day
Marine: Winds are light this morning, NNE 5-10 knots, with seas 8 feet at 11 seconds. Fairly benign weather is in store today and tonight as the breeze veers to S 5-10 knots occasionally gusting 15 and swells run about 8 feet at 12 seconds. Southerlies rise to 10-15 knots gusting 20 tomorrow with seas 8 feet and windwaves building to 3 feet in the afternoon. Outlook is for SW winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 tomorrow night, seas remaining around 8 feet. A W to SW breeze 5-15 knots is expected Saturday through Monday with swells rising to 10 feet, possibly into the teens by Tuesday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, light breeze, surf 7-8 feet (moderate).
* 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.
03/26 Thu 12:14 PM 0.37 L
03/26 Thu 07:01 PM 6.27 H
03/27 Fri 12:12 AM 3.25 L
03/27 Fri 06:17 AM 7.46 H
In Short: Mainly clear, light winds, then clouds, rain and unsettled.