Wednesday, Apr. 15th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday’s unstable air gave us about what was expected with a mix of showers, sunshine and cooler high temperatures just above 50F. Winds were moderate out of the west. Regionally, however, a short-lived big breeze hit Eugene as a small tornado of unknown intensity briefly touched down at 4:05pm on the campus of Lane Community College. A college official witnessed the rain- and hail-wrapped tornado that significantly damaged three vehicles, flipping one upside down. Along the Central Coast, a couple of the heavier showers looked pretty black, but no tornados or waterspouts were reported. By early evening and on through the night, the atmosphere stabilized, winds went light and some patchy fog developed. It was chilly at daybreak with lows dipping into the upper-30s, the sky was mixed and the breeze was light easterly.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/42F/0.08”
Depoe Bay: 52F/38F/0.09”
Newport: 52F/39F/<0.01” Waldport: 53F/38F/0.11” Yachats: 55F/41F/0.04” [caption id="attachment_133136" align="aligncenter" width="975"] Click ad for details[/caption]
Forecast: On this tax deadline day, we get a sunshine refund after paying our rain dues this week. We might have to deduct a bit of the blue sky as patchy fog and some clouds will be around, but it’ll be dry, the thermometer should be back up to 55F or better and winds are projected to be light nor’westers. Expect mostly clear skies tonight with an exemption for patchy fog developing again by morning; lows of 40-45F. Tomorrow, you can claim a full day’s sunshine and highs around 60F. Outlook is for mostly sunny days and clear nights through Monday with high temps hitting 60F, maybe a smidge over, and lows of 45-50F. Next chance of the rain tax becoming due again is Tuesday.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, fog and frosty spots early, then partly cloudy with 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting patchy dense fog and icy patches, but becoming mostly sunny and warming to 60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, light west wind, temps near 60F. For the Cascades, there is packed snow on the highway passes this morning, temperatures are 20-25F; partly sunny, the free air freezing level rising to 4,500 feet. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 56”; a gain of 9” since yesterday; an overall gain of 13” in the past seven days; 60” less than this date last year; 83% 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”/50”/fresh powder
Mt. Hood Meadows 6”/35”/closed until Friday
Timberline 10”/75”/bluebird powder day
Marine: Seas are still up this morning, running 9 feet at 11 seconds, with winds 5-10 knots variable in direction. N winds today 5-10 knots gusting 15 and swells 8 feet at 11 seconds. Tonight, expect northerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20 with swells 7 feet and 3 foot chop. Stiffer N winds are predicted by tomorrow afternoon, rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25 along with mixed swells 6-8 feet. Outlook is for N wind on Friday, 10-15 knots gusting 20, and seas building to 10 feet. The weekend looks pretty lumpy with northerlies 20-25 knots and swells 7-8 feet with 4-5 foot windwaves. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Sun and clouds, light breeze, surf 7-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/15 Wed 10:03 AM 7.53 H
04/15 Wed 04:21 PM 0.08 L
04/15 Wed 10:49 PM 8.13 H
04/16 Thu 04:56 AM 0.59 L
In Short: Mixed sky, dry, light winds, patchy fog, then mostly clear and windy.