Tuesday, Apr. 14th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday was definitely another one for the Spring storm column as southwest winds easily topped 30 mph (Depoe Bay had a gust of 39 mph) and precipitation totals were from half an inch to slightly over an inch (Waldport received 1.04”). The strongest breeze and heaviest rain came between 10:00am and 4:00pm. High temps were in the low-50s. By evening, the wind had veered to northwest and dropped to about 10 mph and the steady rain turned to showers. Overnight, it was mostly cloudy with occasional showers, light winds and lows sagged to just under 40F. At sunrise, sucker holes punctured the overcast and the breeze was faint.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 54F/42F/34mph/0.87”
Depoe Bay: 52F/39F/39mph/0.52”
Forecast: It looks like today will be similar to last Saturday, chock full of surprises. With a cool, unstable atmosphere we could see showers, possible thunderstorms with small hail, sporadic gusty winds and periods of sunshine. The thermometer is expected to remain unseasonably cool and top about around 50F. (NOTE: It’s cold with chain-up snow in the Cascades and possibly a dusting for the Coast Range today; see Travel below). Mostly cloudy tonight, lows around 40F. Tomorrow, the dry stretch begins with partly sunny skies after patchy morning fog and the mercury rising to 55F. Outlook is for mostly sunny days, mainly clear nights, north winds and temperatures ranging between 45F and 60F through Monday.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, showers likely, snow level 2,500 feet, a chance of thunderstorms, with 45-50F. Valley destinations are expecting showers, possible thunderstorms and highs of 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, possible thunderstorms, west winds gusting up to 25 mph, temps near 55F. For the Cascades, there is packed snow on the highway passes and chains or traction tires are required, temperatures are right at 25F; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through 6:00pm this evening for additional snow accumulations of 2-4 inches on the highway passes. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 47”; a gain of 1” since yesterday; an overall gain of 5” in the past seven days; 70” less than this date last year; 87% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Mt. Bachelor 3”/48”/fresh powder
Mt. Hood Meadows 3”/34”/closed until Friday
Timberline 4”/67”/fresh powder
Marine: Winds are NNW 10-20 knots this morning with rough seas 12-13 feet at 13-14 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds and hazardous seas is in effect through this evening. NW winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 today with lumpy seas 11-12 feet at 12 seconds and a chance of thunderstorms. Tonight, the breeze eases to NW 10-15 knots and swells subside from 10 feet to 8 feet after midnight. Fairly pleasant conditions are expected tomorrow as the wind drops to NW 5-10 knots with swells of 8 feet at 11 seconds. Outlook is for N winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 on Thursday, swells 9 feet building to 11 feet. Northerlies Friday 10-15 knots, swells 11 feet, and then N winds 20-25 knots on Saturday with choppy 8 foot seas. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, sunbreaks, surf 10-12 feet (high).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/14 Tue 08:54 AM 7.26 H
04/14 Tue 03:28 PM 0.10 L
04/14 Tue 10:05 PM 7.49 H
04/15 Wed 04:01 AM 1.53 L
In Short: Showers, possible thunderstorms, then drying and clearing.