Sunday, Feb. 7th – Lincoln County
Summary: Now, that’s more like it. No measurable precipitation was recorded along the Central Coast yesterday, the first time that has happened in many weeks. To top off the day, east winds, which never got above 20 mph, kept the mercury moderate and highs climbed to 55F. The beaches and parks were thronged with locals and visitors alike as people came out of their lairs to stare at that strange orange ball in the sky and enjoy a Spring-like day. After sunset, some low clouds rolled back in but they weren’t dripping, so the night stayed dry with temps dipping into the mid-40s. By daybreak, it appeared the overcast was already losing ground and the east wind blew at about 10 mph.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered clouds @ 2,200′
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 12 mph/Pressure: 30.30”
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 54F/45F
Depoe Bay: 55F/41F
Forecast: You may have a difficult judgment call on your hands this afternoon, deciding whether to stay indoors glued to the widescreen or play your own game outdoors in the sunshine. The clouds are expected to evaporate by noon or so and the thermometer heads for 60F. Mostly clear tonight, light east winds and a low of 45-50F. Tomorrow, look for wall-to-wall sunshine and warm temperatures of 60-65F, possibly a little above that. Outlook is for the Springy weather to last into Wednesday before the next weather system bullies its way in with a chance of rain on Thursday, rain likely Friday and a chance of showers Saturday. Temperatures return to seasonal highs of 50-55F and lows of 45-50F by midweek.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s dry pavement on the highways and 40-45F in the passes; becoming partly sunny today, temperatures 55-60F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog early, then mostly sunny, the thermometer rising to 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for gradual clearing, light east winds, highs of 50-55F. For the Cascades, highways have mainly bare pavement with a few spots of ice this morning, temps are 30-35F, carry chains or traction tires; becoming partly cloudy today, the free air freezing level is 10,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is dry roads tonight at the lower elevations; gusty east winds developing in the Gorge; in the Cascades, the free air freezing level rises to 12,000 feet by tonight.
Marine: Winds are SE 5-15 knots this morning with seas 7-8 feet at 11 seconds. The breeze should be down to E 5-10 knots by this afternoon and swells subside to 6 feet at 12 seconds. Tonight, NE winds 5-10 knots, swells 7 feet. It looks like the swell will rebuild to about 10 feet tomorrow with E winds 5-10 knots gusting 15. Outlook is for mainly SE wind 10-15 knots and swells 8-10 feet Tuesday through Thursday, with the exception of a front producing southerlies to 20 knots for a brief period late Wednesday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Becoming mostly sunny, light breeze, surf 5-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
02/07 Sun 11:01 AM 9.44 H
02/07 Sun 05:43 PM -0.81 L
02/08 Mon 12:20 AM 8.12 H
02/08 Mon 05:42 AM 2.69 L
In Short: Decreasing clouds, light wind, clear & warm, then back to wet.