Monday, Apr. 20th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday should have been crystal clear, but the Sun was lightly filtered by a thin haze. The culprit? A layer of smoke aloft from agricultural fires in Siberia where farmers had intentionally set blazes to burn off grass fields and the situation got out of control. Half a million acres have been affected. So, with the Sun’s rays having to work through the smoke, high temps on the Central Coast were a little less than the 65F predicted. The northerly winds also came in slightly under predictions, albeit gusts into the 30s were still common. Patchy fog developed after sunset as the breeze faded; by early morning the fog was quite dense in places and marine low clouds covered the sky. At daybreak, it was overcast with patchy fog and the wind was calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 62F/50F/33mph
Depoe Bay: 59F/44F/31mph
Forecast: The summer gale pattern of the past few days is breaking down, so less breeze is projected today. The mercury rises to 55-60F under a mix of clouds, smoke and sunshine. Some drizzle is feasible tonight with foggy spots again and lows about 45F. Tomorrow, expect mostly cloudy skies after morning fog and drizzle, highs around 55F. Outlook is for a chance of showers Wednesday through Friday, and then a possibly strong and wet weather system for the weekend which may have a tap into the Pineapple Express. Cooler all week as highs top out at 55F and lows dip to 45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny with 70-75F. 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 35-40F; sunny, the free air freezing level is 11,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 44”; a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 2” in the past seven days; 73” less than this date last year; 88% 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”/40”/spring or soft, Summit lift running
Mt. Hood Meadows closed for the season
Timberline 0”/65”/no snow report
Marine: Winds are a little lighter offshore this morning, blowing N 15-20 knots, with seas 6-8 feet at 13-14 seconds. For today, expect N winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 and swells of 7 feet at 13 seconds. The breeze backs to NW 15 knots tonight with 7 foot swells at 12 seconds. High pressure returns tomorrow and the nor’westers rebuild to 15-20 knots gusting 25 in the afternoon and swells rise to 8 feet. Outlook is for rough seas 11 feet at 10 seconds on Wednesday with NW winds 20-25 knots. Thursday and Friday, NW winds 15 knots and swells 8-10 feet. A storm may impact local waters this coming weekend. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Fog, partly sunny, lighter breeze, surf 5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/20 Mon 08:11 AM -1.54 L
04/20 Mon 02:40 PM 7.73 H
04/20 Mon 08:10 PM 1.61 L
04/21 Tue 02:15 AM 9.20 H
In Short: Patchy fog, partial clearing, moderate winds, then cooler and damper.