Friday, Apr. 24th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday’s Spring storm packed a pretty good wallop as sou’westers gusted over 30 mph, rainfall totals came in around a quarter of an inch and the thermometer barely found 50F. Lincoln City picked up the trifecta with the highest temperature, strongest gust and most precipitation. Waldport and Yachats were spared the highest winds and heaviest rain. The steady rain was over by mid-afternoon but the breeze and cloud cover continued well into the evening. Showers persisted overnight, the breeze eased and lows dipped into the mid-40s. At dawn, there was broken overcast with some decent-sized sucker holes and south winds blew lightly.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 55F/46F/34mph/0.28”
Depoe Bay: 51F/43F/33mph/0.17”
Forecast: If we didn’t know any better, it would seem Mother Nature has pulled a fast one, flip-flopping the last two seasons. While most of the Winter was sunny and abnormally warm, we’ve had more than our fair share of cool, wet and windy weather since the beginning of this alleged ‘Spring’. That’ll be the case again today with showers, sunbreaks, southwest winds 10-15 mph gusting 25 and the mercury laboring to reach highs much above 50F. Showers and light sou’westers continue tonight, lows about 45F. Tomorrow, any residual wet stuff should be ending by noon and then partly sunny skies with a high of 55-60F. Outlook is for another shot of showers on Sunday, sunny and warm Monday with a high of 65F (back at ya, Mother), followed by a few seasonal days of bona fide Spring with partly to mostly clear skies, a slight chance of April showers, highs of 55-60F and lows around 45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, showers with 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting showers and highs of 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, light west wind, temps near 60F. For the Cascades, there are icy spots at Willamette Pass, slush/snowpack on Santiam Pass and at Government Camp this morning, temperatures are 25-30F; a Special Weather Statement is in effect for the Cascades for snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches today, the snow level is at 3,000 feet, well below the passes. Carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is a mix of wet and dry pavement; rain and snow showers for the Cascades with occasional accumulating snow on the highway passes through Sunday night, the snow level hovering around 4,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 42”; a gain of 3” since yesterday; an overall loss of 8” in the past seven days; 88” (7.3 feet) less than this date last year; 88% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
Cascadia: The earth’s crust was really rumbling yesterday with several fair-sized earthquakes reported around the globe, the largest a magnitude 6.3 in New Zealand. In our region, there was a magnitude 5.5 along the southern edge of the Juan de Fuca Plate west of Ferndale, California; a magnitude 4.1 at Sandpoint, Idaho; and closest to us, a magnitude 3.7 was recorded off the Oregon Coast, around 300 miles west of McMinnville, at 11:32pm last night.
Marine: Winds are southerly 5-10 knots nearshore this morning but blowing W 10-15 knots offshore; seas are almost square, 10-11 feet at 11 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this evening. SW winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 today with lumpy seas 11 feet at 12 seconds. Tonight, expect an easing breeze, down to SW 5 knots after midnight and seas subsiding to 9 feet. Look for NW winds 5-10 knots tomorrow with 8 foot swells. Outlook is for southerlies Sunday and Monday, 5-10 knots, veering to W 5-10 knots on Monday; swells remaining in the 8-10 foot range into midweek. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, sunbreaks, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (high).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches today. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf, especially during high tides. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
04/24 Fri 11:36 AM -0.04 L
04/24 Fri 06:33 PM 6.42 H
04/24 Fri 11:53 PM 3.20 L
04/25 Sat 05:38 AM 6.77 H
In Short: Showers, windy, partial clearing, then drying and warming.