Saturday, Jan. 23rd – Lincoln County
Summary: As predicted, yesterday was mostly a rerun of Thursday’s weather with dry daylight hours and a few sunbreaks. One difference was the occasional haze and fog dropping visibility to below 2 miles at times. It was warm, and felt more so because the wind was light; high temperatures were in the mid-50s. The partial clearing lasted through sunset and into the early evening. The jig was up, though, around 9:00pm last night when the next storm system arrived with rain and southerly winds 10-15 mph gusting 20-25. It rained on and off all night and lows dipped to 45F or so. This morning, skies were mixed and the showers continued. Yes, it has rained a lot this month, 9.07”, but that’s not unusual. With a week left on the calendar, we’re on track to receive average January precipitation, which is 10.24”.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered clouds @ 900′ & 2,100′, broken overcast @ 3,800′
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 6 mph/Pressure: 29.73”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/48F/0.16”
Depoe Bay: 56F/45F/0.12”
Forecast: The progressive weather pattern with mainly wet conditions is expected to last throughout the week ahead. Showers today, a chance of thunderstorms developing, cooler as the mercury stops at about 50F. Tonight, if it’s visible, the Full Wolf Moon occurs at 7:46pm. The January full moon is named for the time of year when snow gathers deep in the woods and the howling of wolves can be heard echoing in the cold still air. Unfortunately, mostly cloudy skies are predicted so chances of lunar viewing are marginal, showers remain likely and lows dip to 45F. Rain again tomorrow, up to a quarter inch, and a high of 50F. Outlook is for a slight chance of rain Monday, then rain likely Tuesday through Friday. Seasonal thermometer readings are projected as highs reach 50-55F and lows come in around 45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement, rain and 45F in the passes this morning; showers and possible thunderstorms today, temperatures 45-50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting a chance of thunderstorms, showers, the thermometer rising to 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, variable winds gusting 20-25 mph, a high of 45F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow, slush and spots of ice this morning, light snow and temps around 30F, carry chains or traction tires; snow showers today, up to 3 inches snow accumulation in the passes, the snow level is 4,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is rain/showers with wet roads; in the Cascades, expect snow showers and icy conditions in the passes through Sunday night, and the snow level about 3,500 feet.
Marine: Breeze and seas are down this morning with S winds 10-15 knots and swells 9 feet at 13 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect through this afternoon. Winds back to NW 10-15 knots gusting 20 today and swells subside to 6 feet at 12 seconds. Tonight, the breeze returns to SW 10-15 knots gusting 20, swells 7 feet at 11 seconds. The next storm system comes in tomorrow with southerlies rising to 20-25 knots and seas 8 feet at 11 seconds. Outlook is for S winds 15-25 knots gusting 30 Monday through Wednesday, swells building to 12-15 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, possible thunderstorms, surf 6-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
01/23 Sat 11:23 AM 9.59 H
01/23 Sat 06:07 PM -0.81 L
01/24 Sun 12:48 AM 8.20 H
01/24 Sun 06:06 AM 3.06 L
In Short: Showers, chance of thunderstorms, then continued wet and unsettled.