Tuesday, Apr. 21st – Lincoln County
Summary: After an overcast morning, filtered sunshine was the rule yesterday afternoon as high, thin clouds and a light canopy of smoke from the Siberian agricultural fires created fuzzy shadows. Northwest winds blew 15-20 mph from noon to sunset. The thermometer rose to the mid-50s, except for Lincoln City (in the wind shadow of Cascade Head) where the breeze was lighter and the high temp reached 60F. The clouds thickened again in the evening and it was overcast overnight; lows were in the mid-40s. The northwest wind reappeared early this morning and skies remained cloudy at daybreak.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 60F/49F
Depoe Bay: 54F/48F
Forecast: A weakening trough of low pressure will be crossing the Central Coast today, mixing things up a little and making solid predictions awkward. The best guess is for mostly cloudy skies and a chance of drizzle or light rain developing with highs around 55F and blustery anti-intuitive north winds. Usually when a weather system comes in the wind switches to the south, but not this go-around. Tonight, north winds build to 10-20 mph gusting 30, overcast and lows about 45F. Look for mostly sunny skies tomorrow, high around 55F and nor’westers 10-15 mph. Outlook is for a chance of showers Thursday through Saturday, followed by a wet and windy storm system Saturday night into Sunday, with a decreasing chance of rain on Monday. Seasonal temperatures of 55F highs and 45F lows are predicted.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, chance of drizzle and light rain with 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting partly to mostly cloudy, a chance of rain and a high of 65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for increasing clouds, light west wind, temps near 70F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the highway passes this morning, temperatures are near 40F; becoming mostly cloudy with rain developing, the snow level is 8,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 42”; a loss of 2” since yesterday; an overall loss of 5” in the past seven days; 74” 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”/39”/spring or soft, Summit lift running
Mt. Hood Meadows closed for the season
Timberline 0”/63”/no snow report
Marine: NNW winds are 10-15 knots with a few higher gusts this morning and seas are 7 feet at 12 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from 1:00pm this afternoon through tomorrow morning. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas goes into effect this afternoon and runs through tomorrow afternoon. NW winds becoming 15-20 knots gusting 25 and swells 6 feet building to 8 feet today. Tonight, NW winds 20-25 knots and seas 9 feet at 13 seconds. Rough seas are projected for tomorrow, 10 feet at 11 seconds, along with nor’westers 15-20 knots gusting 25. Outlook is for light westerlies Thursday and Friday, 5-10 knots, swells briefly dropping to 7 feet but rebuilding to 11 feet. A storm system is expected on Saturday with S winds 20-25 knots and lumpy 10 foot seas. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, possible showers, breezy, surf 5-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/21 Tue 08:59 AM -1.40 L
04/21 Tue 03:34 PM 7.38 H
04/21 Tue 08:57 PM 2.12 L
04/22 Wed 02:59 AM 8.74 H
In Short: Mainly overcast, windy, slight chance of rain, then cool and damp.