Sunday, Apr. 12th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday’s weather played tricks on us. Just about the time you thought the showers had finally passed, another one would suddenly interrupt the sunshine. And then, as quickly as it appeared, the shower disappeared. Cool unstable air was the culprit. In fact, the atmosphere was wobbly enough that a couple of cold core funnel clouds were produced, but none actually touched the land or sea. Precipitation from the showers amounted to less than a tenth of an inch, the breeze was blustery out of the west and high temps stopped in the mid-50s. Overnight, a few more light rain showers and drizzle were recorded along with lows around 40F. At daybreak, it was all-clear on the rain radar, skies were mostly blue with a light east wind blowing.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/46F/34mph/0.08”
Depoe Bay: 53F/41F/34mph/0.04”
Forecast: Okay, kids, no tricks today as mostly sunny skies are expected sans showers. The thermometer should come up to about 55F with winds light and variable. It’ll be a great day for whale watching, helping Surfrider with its Otter Rock/Devils Punch Bowl beach clean-up or hiking in the woods. The next illusion pulled out of the rabbit’s hat will be unveiled tonight when clouds begin filling in ahead of an approaching storm system; low temps around 40F and winds switch to the south. What is projected to be the last trick for the week comes tomorrow with sou’westers 10-20 mph gusting 25 and up to a quarter inch of rain. Outlook is for a chance of showers on Tuesday, and then a stretch of Spring with sunny days, partly cloudy nights, northwest winds and mercury readings between 60F and 45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, patchy fog, partly cloudy, with 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog early, mostly sunny later and a high of 60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for scattered showers, partly sunny, light west wind, temps near 60F. For the Cascades, there are areas of black ice on the highway passes, temperatures are 20-30F; isolated snow showers and partly sunny, the snow level is at 3,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is mainly dry roads through tonight; meanwhile, the free air freezing level rises above the Cascade passes tonight to 6,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 47”; a gain of 6” since yesterday; an overall gain of 6” in the past seven days; 72” less than this date last year; 88% 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”/46”/wide variety
Mt. Hood Meadows 3”/34”/packed powder
Timberline 5”/67”/fresh snow
Marine: Winds are variable 10 knots this morning with seas 10-11 feet at 13-14 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this evening. Steep NW swells 11 feet at 12 seconds are projected today along with a WNW breeze 5-10 knots gusting 15. N winds 5-10 knots tonight, veering W after midnight, swells 10 feet at 13 seconds. Tomorrow, a storm system generates SW winds 20-25 knots by afternoon and lumpy seas around 8 feet. Outlook is for WNW winds 10-20 knots on Tuesday, swells rising again to 10 feet; a northerly breeze 10-15 knots Wednesday and Thursday, with long-period swells building from 9 feet to 14 feet late in the week. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, light breeze, surf 10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/12 Sun 01:26 PM 0.27 L
04/12 Sun 08:21 PM 6.38 H
04/13 Mon 01:44 AM 3.04 L
04/13 Mon 07:38 AM 7.13 H
In Short: Partly cloudy, light wind, stormy, then dry and clear.