Thursday, Apr. 16th – Lincoln County
Summary: The northwest wind ramped-up well past projections yesterday gusting into the 30s; Waldport almost hit 40. All in all, it was a Summer-like set-up with sunshine, the breeze blowing from noon to sunset and beach visitors trying to keep flying sand out of their lunches. The mercury rose to about 55F and no precipitation was recorded. And, also like a Summer day, the wind faded with the daylight and it was nearly calm from evening on through the overnight period. Clear skies allowed the day’s heat to escape and lows dropped to the upper-30s early this morning. At daybreak, blues skies and a light east wind heralded another sunny day.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 58F/42F/30mph
Depoe Bay: 53F/38F/25mph
Forecast: There are mixed messages regarding today’s expected breeze. While onshore predictions indicate light winds, there’s a Small Craft Advisory up for the ocean. So, once again the beach may be caught in the stiff sea breeze this afternoon. Otherwise, look for sunny skies and highs about 60F today. Mostly clear skies are expected tonight with a low near 40F. Tomorrow should be mostly sunny with gusty northwest winds and highs of 60-65F. Outlook is for a minor weather disturbance to pass through tomorrow night with increasing marine clouds and even a chance of some drizzle. But, it’ll be short-lived and we should be back to sunshine Saturday through Tuesday with the thermometer climbing to 60-65F and blustery northwest winds in the afternoons and evenings. The next weather system of any note approaches the Central Coast on Tuesday night.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, fog and frosty spots early, then mostly sunny with 65-70F. Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog and icy patches early, but becoming mostly sunny and warming to 70F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light east wind, temps near 70F. For the Cascades, there are icy spots on the highway passes this morning, temperatures are around 30F; sunny, the free air freezing level is 9,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 54”; a loss of 2” since yesterday; an overall gain of 11” in the past seven days; 62” less than this date last year; 84% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Mt. Bachelor 0”/49”/wide variety
Mt. Hood Meadows 4”/35”/closed until Friday
Timberline 0”/73”/no snow report
Marine: The N wind that whipped-up yesterday is still blowing 15-20 knots offshore this morning with seas 8-9 feet at 11-12 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds and hazardous seas is in effect through tomorrow morning. N winds today 15-20 knots gusting 25 and swells 7 feet building to 10 feet at 11 seconds. Tonight, northerlies 20-25 knots gusting 30, but easing to 10-15 knots after midnight; swells 12 feet at 17 seconds. Another rough one tomorrow as N winds of 15-20 knots gusting 25 are expected along with 10 foot seas at 15 seconds. Outlook for Saturday through Monday is northerlies 15-25 knots and choppy swells 7-8 feet with 4-5 foot windwaves. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
Notices to Mariners…
* Effective immediately, the Coast Guard will no longer print hardcopy Light Lists. Based on emerging technology and the ability to update Light Lists on a weekly basis, the cost and time for printing them on an annual basis has reached obsolescence.
* OSU has discontinued its Nye Beach Research Lighted Buoy.
* OSU has set its Waldport Offshore Research Lighted Buoy at 44-22-00.120N, 124-56-39.480W, painted yellow, flashing a yellow light every 4 seconds.
On the Beach… Sunny, breezy, surf 8-12 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/16 Thu 11:05 AM 7.82 H
04/16 Thu 05:09 PM 0.17 L
04/16 Thu 11:30 PM 8.72 H
04/17 Fri 05:47 AM -0.27 L
In Short: Clear, moderate winds, drizzle, then mostly clear, warm and windy.