Sunday, Apr. 19th – Lincoln County
Summary: Still stuck in sunshine gale mode yesterday, the north-northwest breeze ramped-up again on schedule from noon to sunset with gusts mostly in the 30s; Lincoln City had the peak at 41 mph. Skies remained clear except for the wind-generated spray/haze along the beach. The mercury climbed to near 60F. Between 8:00pm and 9:00pm, the breeze completely died out for the day and remained calm to light overnight. Low temps dipped into the 40s. At daybreak, it was mostly clear with some patchy fog and winds were light out of the east.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 60F/49F/41mph
Depoe Bay: 59F/44F/33mph
Forecast: Hang on to your hats, we have at least one more pretty windy day on tap. While it should be sunny and a little warmer with highs of 60-65F, northerly winds are expected to rebuild to 15-25 mph gusting 30 or better this afternoon and evening. Tonight, the breeze fades, some marine cloudiness is feasible and the thermometer dips to 45-50F. The north wind is projected to be lighter tomorrow, say, 10 mph gusting 15, and temps top out around 60F. Outlook is for partly sunny, a chance of drizzle and light winds on Tuesday, followed by mostly cloudy skies, varying chances of showers, northwest winds and cooler temperatures Wednesday through Saturday.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, sunny with 70-80F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 75-80F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light east wind, temps near 80F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the highway passes this morning, temperatures are 30-40F; sunny, the free air freezing level is 11,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is dry roads through tonight for all of Northwest Oregon including the Cascades where the freezing level will remain at 11,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 45”; a loss of 2” since yesterday; an overall loss of 2” in the past seven days; 70” less than this date last year; 86% 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”/42”/spring or soft
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/29”/last day, spring skiing
Timberline 0”/66”/blue sky riding
Cascadia: A pair of magnitude 2.7 earthquakes were recorded just offshore, 11 miles northwest of Gold Beach, at 6:49am and 6:50am yesterday morning. The shakers were felt by residents in Gold Beach.
Marine: Northerlies are still blowing 20-25 knots gusting 30 offshore this morning and seas are anywhere from 6 to 9 feet at 8 to 11 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through tomorrow morning. N winds are projected to continue at 20-25 knots today, tonight and tomorrow; choppy mixed swells/windwaves holding at 7 feet. Outlook is for NW winds 15-25 knots Tuesday through Thursday with swells 7-10 feet, highest on Wednesday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Sunny, very breezy, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/19 Sun 07:23 AM -1.39 L
04/19 Sun 01:48 PM 7.98 H
04/19 Sun 07:25 PM 1.13 L
04/20 Mon 01:33 AM 9.44 H
In Short: Clear, warm and windy, then slow change to cooler and damper.