Tuesday, Jan. 19th – Lincoln County
Summary: The early part of yesterday was dry with the rain spigot turned off. But, around 2:00pm the south wind ramped-up and the spigot was turned back on; high temps climbed to the mid-50s. It dried out again a couple hours after sunset and scattered clouds carried much of the night. The spigot opened again early this morning and the deluge resumed; lows dropped to the mid-40s. It was still raining this morning at daybreak with a light southeast wind. (Local pilots have asked if we could include airport conditions each morning, so here ya go… it’ll now be a regular feature of our daily report.)
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: mostly cloudy @ 1,200′, overcast @ 1,900′
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: ESE 4 mph/Pressure: 29.82”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 55F/47F/28mph/0.88”
Depoe Bay: 53F/45F/32mph/0.86”
Forecast: El Niño can have two highly different effects on the Northwest. Albeit temperatures are almost always warmer than usual during an El Niño event like this Winter’s, precipitation can either be heavier or lighter than normal. Guess which side of that coin we got this time around. Rain with a chance of thunderstorms today and moderate southerlies, high temp around 50F. Expect some showers tonight, southwest winds rising to 25-30 mph gusting 40 and the mercury dropping to 45F. We’ll be down to a one in three chance of showers tomorrow, some patchy fog and highs near 50F. Outlook is for rain, possibly heavy at times, interspersed with showers, and occasionally windy Thursday through Monday. Slightly above average temperatures are projected through the long-term.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement, rain and 40-45F in the passes this morning; rainy and windy today, temperatures 45-50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain, a chance of thunderstorms, the thermometer rising to 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, east winds gusting 35 mph, a high of 45F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow, slush and spots of ice this morning with temps about 30F, carry chains or traction tires; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for 4-6 inches of snow in the passes today and another 5-10 inches tonight, the snow level is 4,000 feet.
Marine: The breeze is down to SE 10-15 knots this morning but seas are still rough 14-15 footers at 15 seconds. Small Craft Advisories for winds and seas are in effect through tomorrow afternoon. Winds rising to S 20-25 knots gusting 30-35 today and tonight with swells 12-15 feet at 14-15 seconds. Tomorrow, SW winds 10-15 knots gusting 25, backing to S in the afternoon, and seas subsiding from 13 feet to 11 feet at 11 seconds. Outlook is for mainly southerlies 10-20 knots gusting 25 and swells 13-16 feet, falling to 11 feet on Saturday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 10-15 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
01/19 Tue 07:54 AM 9.21 H
01/19 Tue 02:55 PM 0.54 L
01/19 Tue 09:27 PM 6.71 H
01/20 Wed 02:28 AM 3.54 L
In Short: Rainy, windy, then continued wet and at times breezy.