Friday, Jan. 22nd – Lincoln County
Summary: The forecast and actual conditions were fairly well aligned yesterday as we enjoyed a dry morning and a wet afternoon. Tropical air fueled the thermometer which climbed into the low-60s. Light rain returned with the leading edge of a cold front around 3:00pm and temps plummeted ten degrees in the space of an hour or so. The brunt of the latest storm system came barreling in about 7:30pm producing an inch of rain and a strong blast of southerly winds gusting to 50 mph. It continued rainy and windy for much of the night until the trailing edge of the storm passed off to the east about 4:00am. This morning, skies were clearing, the nearly-full Moon was smiling bright and south winds had faded to a paltry 5-10 mph.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered clouds @ 700′ & 1,300′, broken overcast @ 1,800′
Visibility: 4 miles/Wind: S 15 G 18 mph/Pressure: 29.83”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 64F/53F/48mph/1.23”
Depoe Bay: 63F/50F/43mph/0.85”
Forecast: Today will be something we’ve seen before, like yesterday. In the déjà vu category, we’ll begin with mixed skies and a slight chance of showers followed by rain developing late this afternoon. High temps around 55F and southwest winds 10-20 mph. Tonight, rain, low near 45F. Showers are likely tomorrow, the mercury stops at 50F and light east winds blow. Outlook is for a slight chance of showers and partly sunny Sunday and Monday, rain likely Tuesday, showers Wednesday, then a return to rainy and windy Thursday. There’s still no end in sight for the overall wet and unsettled ‘progressive’ weather pattern.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement, light rain and 45F in the passes this morning; rain turning to showers today, temperatures 50-55F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting a chance of showers early, rain later, the thermometer rising to 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a chance of showers, light southwest wind, a high of 40F. For the Cascades, highways have wet pavement this morning, a few spots of ice, it’s raining with temps 35-40F, carry chains or traction tires; partly sunny with snow showers today, up to 2 inches snow accumulation in the passes, the snow level lowering to 4,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is showers with mixed wet and dry roads; in the Cascades, snow showers and icy conditions in the passes, the snow level about 3,000 feet through Sunday night.
Marine: Seas are running 15 feet at 17 seconds this morning with the SW breeze down to 15-20 knots. A Small Craft Advisory for winds remains in effect until 10:00am this morning. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through tomorrow afternoon. S winds early today 15-20 knots gusting 25 but backing to E 5-10 knots this afternoon, seas subsiding to 13 feet at 16 seconds. Tonight, easterlies 10-15 knots gusting 20 with swells 11 feet at 14 seconds. SE wind 5-10 knots tomorrow morning veering to W 15 knots gusting 20 in the afternoon, swells down to 9 feet. Outlook is for southerlies 10-15 knots Sunday through Tuesday with seas 7-10 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Clouds, sun, chance of rain, 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.
01/22 Fri 10:36 AM 9.63 H
01/22 Fri 05:26 PM -0.73 L
01/23 Sat 12:08 AM 7.97 H
01/23 Sat 05:19 AM 3.27 L
In Short: Mixed sky, then mainly wet and unsettled.