Sunday, Jan. 24th – Lincoln County
Summary: Mostly cloudy skies and mainly dry conditions lasted through much of yesterday morning. But just as you thought it was safe to venture outdoors without a raincoat, here came a spate of showers. A couple of these were fairly intense, though overall precipitation totals for the day didn’t amount to much, a third of an inch at most. High temps climbed to the low-50s. Broken overcast allowed the Sun to poke through during the late afternoon, and in the evening hours there were some nice peeks at the Full Wolf Moon. The mercury dipped into the low-40s. This morning, it was partly cloudy and winds were light out of the southeast.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered clouds @ 5,500′, broken overcast @ 8,500′
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: SE 7 mph/Pressure: 30.11”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/44F/0.36”
Depoe Bay: 50F/42F/0.18”
Forecast: The rain switch will continue to flip on and flop off over the next few days. It gets flipped on today with a quarter to a half inch of rain projected, high about 50F and south winds gusting 20 mph or so. Rain is likely this evening, turning to showers overnight, low of 45F. The precip switch flops off tomorrow for what should be an essentially dry day, high of 55F. Outlook is for rain Tuesday through Thursday, and then we flip-flop-flip between showers and short dry breaks for the rest of the week. The thermometer is expected to remain seasonal.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s bare pavement, fog and 35-40F in the passes this morning; rainy and windy today, temperatures around 45F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain, the thermometer rising to 45-50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, light west wind, a high of 45F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow this morning with temps right at 30F, carry chains or traction tires; snow today, up to 2 inches snow accumulation in the passes, the snow level is 3,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is rain with wet roads; in the Cascades, expect snow and icy conditions in the passes tonight, another 2 inches accumulation, the snow level about 3,500 feet.
Cascadia: A moderate earthquake with a magnitude of 4.9 occurred at 10:05am yesterday morning 96 miles west of Bandon. It was felt ashore at Ashland, Forest Grove and Tualatin.
Marine: Conditions are relatively benign this morning with S winds 5-10 knots and seas 7-8 feet at 11 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect from 1:00pm this afternoon through tomorrow morning. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from this afternoon through late tonight. S winds rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30 today and this evening with seas 8 feet at 11 seconds. The breeze eases to SE 10-15 knots after midnight but swells build to around 10 feet. Tomorrow, SE winds 10-15 knots with seas subsiding to 6 feet. Outlook is for SE winds 10-15 knots and 9 foot swells on Tuesday, then S winds 20-25 knots Wednesday and Thursday with swells building from 11 to 18 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain developing, breezy, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
01/24 Sun 06:06 AM 3.06 L
01/24 Sun 12:07 PM 9.42 H
01/24 Sun 06:45 PM -0.70 L
01/25 Mon 01:24 AM 8.32 H
In Short: Rain, drying, then back to wet and windy.