Saturday, Apr. 11th – Lincoln County
Summary: We’ll put that one in the Spring storm column. With southwest winds peaking over 40 mph and rainfall above half an inch in places, yesterday’s weather certainly qualifies. The breeze kick-started the storm as it ramped-up quickly around 10:00am and the ocean was covered with whitecaps shortly after. Lincoln City had the top local gust at 46 mph; other peak winds around the region were 54 mph at Cape Meares and 58 mph on Mary’s Peak in the Coast Range east of Newport. Albeit some light rain and drizzle fell before sunset, the heaviest precipitation was recorded between 9:00pm last night and 4:00am this morning. By daybreak, things had settled down considerably with the rain on hold and the breeze falling to a light westerly.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/46F/42mph/0.58”
Depoe Bay: 54F/44F/39mph/0.25”
Forecast: The storm has shifted east of the Central Coast and is rapidly dissipating. We’ll be between weather systems for a couple of days, though there are still a few post-frontal showers around which could affect us today along with west winds gusting to 20 mph. Some sunbreaks are also in the cards and the mercury should top out around 55F this afternoon. A slight chance of showers lingers tonight, low about 40F. Tomorrow, look for partly to mostly sunny skies, light winds and highs of 55F or a little better. Outlook is for another storm to come in on Monday generating rainy and breezy conditions, showers Tuesday, and then dry, mostly sunny days and partly cloudy nights Wednesday through Friday with high temps of 55-60F and lows 45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, showers likely, with 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting showers and a high of 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, southwest winds gusting 25 mph, temps near 55F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice at Willamette Pass, packed snow on Santiam Pass and wet pavement with rain at Government Camp, temperatures are 30-35F; snow showers with 2-5 inches accumulation possible today, the snow level is below the passes at 3,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is wet pavement today, dry roads tomorrow and tomorrow night. The Cascade highway passes could see an additional 1-2 inches of snow tonight with the snow level at 3,000 feet. Carry chains or traction tires. No snow is expected tomorrow or tomorrow night, the free air freezing level rising to 5,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 41”; a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 1” in the past seven days; 80” 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 1”/47”/wide variety
Mt. Hood Meadows 2”/30”/mixed packed powder and granular
Timberline 0”/62”/no snow report
Cascadia: The second 4.2 magnitude earthquake off the Oregon Coast this week was recorded 126 miles west of Bandon at 10:45pm last night. Like Tuesday’s similar temblor, the epicenter was located on the Juan de Fuca Tectonic Plate’s Blanco Fracture Zone. There were no reports of the quake being felt ashore.
Marine: The winds have died down this morning to WNW 10-15 knots but seas are rough and square, 8 feet at 8 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect until noon today. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect until noon today and again from this evening through Sunday evening. W winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 today with seas 7 feet at 9 seconds. Tonight, expect the westerly to continue at 10-15 knots gusting 20 and seas build to 9 feet at 11 seconds. A longer-period 11 foot swell is projected to arrive tomorrow and tomorrow night with N winds 5-10 knots. Outlook is for another storm system to impact local waters on Monday with SW winds rising to 20-25 knots and 4 foot chop on top of 9-10 swells. A NW breeze 15-20 knots follows on Tuesday with swells building to 14 feet, dropping to 9 feet by Wednesday and winds subsiding to northerly 10-15 knots. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, sunbreaks, breezy, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/11 Sat 12:20 PM 0.27 L
04/11 Sat 07:16 PM 6.08 H
04/12 Sun 12:22 AM 3.34 L
04/12 Sun 06:19 AM 7.20 H
In Short: Showers, clearing, another storm, then dry and clear.