Monday, Dec. 14th – Lincoln County
Summary: As a reward for hunkering down during the past week as storm after storm battered the Central Coast, short sunbreaks and awe-inspiring rainbows graced the sky yesterday. Of course, those delights were sprinkled in among the heavy rain showers, hail and northwest winds gusting occasionally into the 40s. The mercury stopped around 50F, and precipitation totals were about a quarter inch. The showers continued overnight while the wind faded to light easterly. At daybreak, there were still plenty of showers in the area with temps in the low-40s and a smidge of east wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 51F/44F/43mph/0.29”
Depoe Bay: 51F/41F/43mph/0.17”
Forecast: We’re headed into a slow albeit short-lived drying trend. Showers will continue today, northwest winds 10-15 mph gusting 25, and a high of 45-50F. Only scattered showers are in the cards for tonight, low of 40F. Tomorrow is scheduled to be our Dry Day this week; mostly cloudy skies, sunbreaks, light winds but cool as the thermometer struggles to reach 50F. Outlook is for the next wet and windy period to begin sometime on Wednesday and last through the weekend; highs of 45-50F and lows of 40-45F are projected.
Christmas… The long-range forecast shows mostly cloudy skies for Christmas Eve and Day, cooler with a high of 48F, low near 35F, and the Full Yule Moon occurring at 3:11am Christmas morning.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are about 35F in the passes; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for 2-4 inches of snow above 1,500 feet, which is higher than most of the Coast Range passes, otherwise, scattered rain showers, temps 35-40F. Valley destinations are expecting rain turning to showers, the thermometer rising to 45F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers but becoming sunny by afternoon, light west winds, highs of 40-45F. For the Cascades, it is snowing lightly on the highways this morning with temperatures near 25F, carry chains or traction tires; snow showers early decreasing this afternoon, 2 inches additional accumulation possible, the snow level is 1,500 feet.
Marine: Seas are 18 feet at 13 seconds this morning and the breeze is out of the NW at 15-20 knots. Small Craft Advisories for winds and hazardous seas are still in effect. Today, NW winds 15-20 knots gusting 25-30 knots this morning with swells 18 feet subsiding to 15 feet this afternoon. Northerlies are expected tonight, 15-20 knots early then falling to 10 knots by midnight, square seas 12 feet at 12 seconds. The lightest weather in two weeks is expected tomorrow as the breeze should be down to westerly 10 knots gusting 15 and swells dip to just 9 feet. Outlook is for southerlies returning at 20-25 knots or higher and swells rebuilding to 11-13 feet Wednesday through Friday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 15-18 feet (high).
* Stay off of jetties, offshore rocks, rocky shores and sandy beaches today. These areas will be periodically inundated by surf, especially for a couple of hours before and after this afternoon’s high tide. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
12/14 Mon 07:42 AM 3.50 L
12/14 Mon 01:37 PM 8.91 H
12/14 Mon 08:20 PM -0.63 L
12/15 Tue 03:11 AM 7.99 H
In Short: Showers, windy, brief drying, then another round of storms.