Thursday, Apr. 9th – Lincoln County
Summary: Newport and Depoe Bay had a quick deluge yesterday morning around 9:00am before the showers ended entirely by lunchtime. The clouds slowly evaporated, too, and it was mostly sunny by late afternoon. The thermometer made it to the upper-50s but southwest winds kept it a tad chilly, especially on the beach. There was abundant starshine overnight with lows in the 40s. A marine layer with low clouds and fog developed around 3:00am and the breeze turned easterly. At daybreak, visibility was limited by fog in some places to less than a mile, but the low clouds above were quickly breaking up.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 59F/45F/0.02”
Depoe Bay: 56F/43F/0.16”
Waldport: 58F/43F/<0.01” Yachats: 58F/44F/0.05” [caption id="attachment_133136" align="aligncenter" width="975"] Click ad for details[/caption]
Forecast: The seventh-inning stretch is set for today so we get a break from the mixed weather game we’ve been watching for the past several days. Look for sunshine, highs near 60F and light winds. Mostly clear tonight, lows around 40F. The game resumes tomorrow as another weather system is predicted to begin affecting the Central Coast with increasing clouds, some wind and a slight chance of rain; the mercury rises to about 55F. Outlook is for rain Friday night, between a half and three-quarters of an inch, and blustery southwest winds 15-20 mph gusting 30. A good chance of showers lingers for Saturday, while Sunday should be dry, but then it’s back to the game with a chance of showers until Wednesday when skies begin clearing and a possibly long stretch of dry weather ensues. Seasonal temperatures are expected throughout the period with lows 40-45F and highs of 55F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, patchy fog, partly cloudy, with 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog, mostly sunny and a high of 65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, light east winds, temps near 65F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice in the passes, temperatures are 25-30F; partly cloudy, a slight chance of snow showers late this afternoon, the snow level is at 4,500 feet. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 43”; no change since yesterday; an overall gain of 1” in the past seven days; 81” less than this date last year; 89% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Mt. Bachelor 2”/48”/packed powder
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/31”/hardpack and granular
Timberline 1”/63”/bluebird day and great snow conditions
Marine: Benign conditions exist this morning with light ENE winds 5-10 knots and swells 3-4 feet at 10-14 seconds. The breeze backs to NW 10 knots this afternoon and swells hover around 3 feet at 9 seconds. Tonight, winds back to the W 10 knots and seas come up to around 5 feet. Look for a weather front to affect local waters tomorrow afternoon and evening packing sou’westers 20-25 knots gusting 30 and choppy seas 6 feet building to rough 10 footers at 8 seconds. Outlook is for W winds Saturday and Sunday, 10-15 knots, with swells 9-11 feet. Another system arrives Monday generating SW winds 20-25 knots and lumpy swells 10 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
Notice to Mariners… OSU Newport Shelf Research Lighted Buoy has been set at 44-38-20.040N, 124-18-13.680W; it’s a yellow surface buoy, flashing a yellow light every 4 seconds.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, light breeze, surf 3-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/09 Thu 10:23 AM 0.12 L
04/09 Thu 05:03 PM 6.18 H
04/09 Thu 10:08 PM 3.07 L
04/10 Fri 04:13 AM 7.69 H
In Short: Partly cloudy, light wind, then rainy and windy.