Tuesday, Feb. 2nd – Lincoln County
Summary: Scattered showers produced widely-varying precipitation totals yesterday – everything from a few hundredths to almost half an inch depending on location. Skies were mixed, vacillating between clear and cloudy, and the thermometer couldn’t find 50F with both hands. The breeze switched from northeast to south during our mid-morning hours, but never got much above 10 mph with a few gusts to 15. The overcast thickened through the evening and there was intermittent rain between midnight and about 3:00am. At daybreak, the blue and the white were in a tug of war overhead and the wind blew east-southeast at 5-10 mph.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered clouds @ 3,500′, broken @ 4,100′, overcast @ 5,000′
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: ESE 8 mph/Pressure: 30.06”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 48F/40F/0.46”
Depoe Bay: 48F/36F/0.04”
Forecast: “There is no shadow to be cast! An early Spring is my forecast!” That quote comes from the Groundhog Club at Gobbler’s Knob in Pennsylvania early this morning where Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow and did not see his shadow. So, we can expect Spring to be right around the corner if you accept Phil the Groundhog’s prognostication. He may indeed be correct as we move toward drier and warmer weather next week. In the meantime, however, it’s business as usual here on the Central Coast. A chance of showers today, high 50F, an increasing chance of rain tonight, low 45F, then rain likely and windy tomorrow with a high around 50F, maybe a little above. Outlook is for showers Thursday, partial clearing Friday, a chance of showers Saturday, then mostly sunny, dry and the mercury warming to 60F or better Sunday and Monday. The dry spell is predicted (by meteorologists, not a groundhog) to last through next Wednesday.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there are possible icy spots and it’s 33-35F in the passes; a slight chance of showers today, temperatures near 45F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting a chance of showers, patchy fog, the thermometer rising to 45-50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a chance of showers, patchy fog, light south wind, highs of 40-45F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow and spots of ice this morning, temps are around 20F, carry chains or traction tires; a chance of snow showers today, the snow level is well below the passes.
Marine: Seas are choppy this morning, 8 feet at 7 seconds, with SSE winds 20-25 knots. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect from this afternoon through tomorrow afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from late tonight through tomorrow evening. Out past 10 miles, a Gale Warning is in effect from late tonight through tomorrow evening. S winds falling to 10-15 knots this afternoon with swells building to 8-10 feet. Tonight, southerlies rise to 20-30 knots gusting 35 and combined seas 10 feet or so. The brunt of the storm comes through tomorrow with S winds 20-30 knots gusting 30-40 knots, combined seas 8-10 feet nearshore and 10-14 feet out past 10 miles. Outlook is for mainly southerlies Thursday and Friday, 15-25 knots, swells 13-18 feet, then NE winds 15-20 knots on Saturday, swells around 16 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Chance of showers, patchy fog, sunbreaks, surf 6-9 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
02/02 Tue 06:37 AM 7.88 H
02/02 Tue 01:46 PM 2.08 L
02/02 Tue 08:10 PM 5.69 H
02/03 Wed 01:04 AM 4.11 L
In Short: Mixed sky, possible showers, light breeze, then wet and breezy.