Sunday, Jan. 10th – Lincoln County
Summary: For a student of meteorology, yesterday would have made a good lab class. While there wasn’t anything highly unusual, we saw most kinds of weather conditions through the day. It rained a few times, the Sun made several appearances, clouds varied from high to low level and from white to almost black, rainbows brushed brilliant colors from the palette, and the wind blew from various quadrants. The mercury moved around, too, from lows around 40F to highs in the low-50s. Then the sky cleared after sunset and an east wind ramped-up overnight to 15-25 mph before fading again before sunrise. At dawn, it was mostly clear with a light easterly breeze.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 54F/43F/0.04”
Depoe Bay: 52F/40F/0.06”
Forecast: The Sun makes a brief sojourn to the Central Coast today but it’ll be a little chilly. Look for the mercury to just reach 50F and southeast winds to blow 10-15 mph gusting 25. The short-lived clearing ends tonight with increasing clouds and a chance of rain, low about 40F. Tomorrow we’re back to stormy conditions as rain becomes likely, maybe a quarter inch of the wet stuff, and southerly winds build to 20-25 mph gusting 30-35. Outlook is for rain Tuesday and Wednesday, showers and sunbreaks Thursday, partial clearing but dry on Friday, and then back to a chance of rain Saturday. Seasonal temperatures are expected all week with highs about 50F and lows near 40F.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s damp pavement this morning, patchy fog and temperatures are 35-40F in the passes; becoming sunny today, warming to 45-50F. Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog, gradual clearing, the thermometer rising to 45-50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for decreasing clouds, east winds gusting 25 mph, a high of 40F. For the Cascades, there is packed snow and/or spots of ice on the highways this morning with temps 25-30F, carry chains or traction tires; sunny today, the free air freezing level rising from 4,000 to 5,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mainly dry roads tonight, with a chance for icy patches in the Cascade passes.
Marine: The breeze is SE 15 knots this morning with swells 11 feet at 14 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from this evening through tomorrow afternoon. SE winds today 10-15 knots gusting 20 and swells subsiding to 10 feet at 14 seconds. Tonight, SE winds rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25, seas 7 feet. The breeze veers to S 20-25 knots gusting 35 tomorrow and swells rebuild to 14 feet at 17 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies 15-25 knots Tuesday and Wednesday with seas 15-17 feet, and then winds easing to S 5-10 Thursday, swells subsiding to 9 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Sunny, breezy, surf 6-10 feet (moderate).
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01/10 Sun 05:59 AM 3.42 L
01/10 Sun 12:01 PM 9.64 H
01/10 Sun 06:44 PM -1.04 L
01/11 Mon 01:27 AM 8.22 H
In Short: Clearing, moderate winds, stormy, then unsettled.