Thursday, Apr. 23rd – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday was fairly typical of the last week or so with a few clouds around in the morning followed by clearing skies and breezy conditions from noon to sunset. North-northwest winds blew 10-20 mph with gusts into the mid-20s. High temperatures were in the mid-50s but it felt much cooler in the wind, especially on the beaches and headlands where the nor’westers gusted to over 30 mph. Daylight closed out mostly clear and nearly calm with starshine prevailing until scattered clouds arrived around 2:00am. At daybreak, thickening overcast and a light southerly breeze foreshadowed a transformation in our weather.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 58F/44F
Depoe Bay: 53F/40F
Forecast: On the heels of a couple weeks’ worth of fairly robust northerly winds, expect a southerly breeze for the next few days as the dominant weather pattern changes. There’s a good chance of some rain today along with south-southwest winds 10-15 mph gusting 20 or so. The mercury will probably stop around 55F. Showers and southerlies are on tap for tonight and tomorrow; look for near normal lows around 45F and highs of 55F. Outlook is for a chance of showers all weekend, dry and clearing Monday and Tuesday, then possibly becoming mostly cloudy and showery again by mid-week.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, rain by afternoon with 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting rain likely and highs of 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, west winds gusting 15 mph, temps near 60F. For the Cascades, there are icy spots on the highway passes this morning, temperatures are 30-35F; rain and snow showers with an inch of slushy snow possible on the pavement, the snow level is 3,500 feet rising to 4,500 feet this afternoon. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 39”; a loss of 2” since yesterday; an overall loss of 15” in the past seven days; 85” less than this date last year; 89% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
With most ski areas closed for the season, our daily report goes into hibernation until next Fall when, hopefully, we’ll see the beginning of a better snow year.
Marine: Winds are light WSW this morning, 5-10 knots, with seas 6 feet at 11 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas goes into effect late tonight and runs through tomorrow evening. For today, expect rising SW winds 15 knots gusting 20 nearshore and 20-25 knots out past 10 miles offshore; swells around 6 feet and 4-5 foot windwaves. The swell is projected to rise to 8-9 feet at 10 seconds tonight with W winds 10-15 knots. Tomorrow, look for sou’westers 10-15 knots and lumpy square seas of 12 feet at 12 seconds. Outlook is for subsiding seas and breeze on Saturday; winds NW 8-10 knots and swells down to 8 feet at 11 seconds. Southerlies 5-10 knots Sunday, veering to northerlies 5-10 knots on Monday with a 6 foot swell. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain, 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.
04/23 Thu 10:40 AM -0.57 L
04/23 Thu 05:29 PM 6.65 H
04/23 Thu 10:45 PM 2.98 L
04/24 Fri 04:37 AM 7.43 H
In Short: Rain developing, southerly winds, then cloudy and damp.