Friday, Apr. 17th – Lincoln County
Summary: In classic Summer style, yesterday’s weather included the traditional elements of sunshine, highs around 60F and northwest winds blowing stiffly throughout the afternoon. The one thing atypical of a Summer day was the big surf. Waves well above 10 feet rushed up the beaches and pounded rocky shores during much of the day, while surfers found a decent break. Haze developed over the sand in the late afternoon, and shortly after sunset a low-level marine cloud deck settled-in blocking out the stars for most of the night. Low temps were generally 40-45F. The overcast was still in place at daybreak and winds were light out of the east.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 61F/45F/34mph
Depoe Bay: 60F/41F/24mph
Forecast: Expectations are for the patchy fog and low clouds to dissipate as skies become sunny again today. The thermometer should rise to about 60F and northwest winds are projected to rebuild by afternoon, gusting 20-25 mph or better. Increasing clouds from a minor weather disturbance are possible tonight, lows around 45F. Tomorrow will probably be a rerun of today with sunshine after morning clouds, highs about 60F and northerly winds. Outlook is for sunny and warm Sunday and Monday, highs 60-65F and afternoon northwest winds; partly sunny on Tuesday, high 60F, and then unstable conditions with a chance of showers for Wednesday, Thursday and maybe Friday.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, patchy fog, sunny with 65-70F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 70-75F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light west wind, temps near 75F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the highway passes this morning, temperatures are 35-40F; sunny, the free air freezing level is 11,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is dry roads throughout Northwest Oregon including the Cascades where the freezing level will remain around 11,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 50”; a loss of 4” since yesterday; an overall gain of 8” in the past seven days; 65” less than this date last year; 85% 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”/48”/firm packed and spring soft
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/33”/wax warm for spring skiing
Timberline 0”/73”/no snow report
Marine: Winds are light easterly nearshore this morning, but blowing N 20 knots offshore with rough seas 11-13 feet at 14-15 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through late tonight. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect until 1:00pm this afternoon. N winds rising to 20-25 knots this afternoon with choppy swells 11 feet subsiding to 9 feet at 15 seconds. Tonight, northerlies continue at 20-25 knots and swells dip to 8 feet at 14 seconds. As we head into the weekend tomorrow, look for N winds 15-20 knots in the morning building to 20-25 knots gusting 30 in the afternoon along with rough 7 foot seas. Outlook is for N winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 for Sunday, too, and swells 7 feet subsiding to lumpy 5 footers. Monday and Tuesday, N to NW winds 10-20 knots, swells rebuilding from 7 to 9 feet. A chance for gale force winds arrives with a weather system on Wednesday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Becoming sunny, breezy, surf 9-11 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/17 Fri 12:02 PM 8.02 H
04/17 Fri 05:55 PM 0.38 L
04/18 Sat 12:11 AM 9.17 H
04/18 Sat 06:36 AM -0.96 L
In Short: Clearing, windy, cloudy, then mostly clear, warmer and breezy.