Monday, Feb. 8th – Lincoln County
Summary: It’s feast or famine ’round these parts. In the wake of cool and wet weather for weeks on end, the Sun broke out yesterday and the mercury went on a rocket ride. Record high temps were set locally yesterday — Lincoln City, Waldport and Yachats either broke or tied previous records for February 7th. Newport and Depoe Bay were close, but no cigar. Regionally, Portland’s 62F and McMinnville’s 63F were new record highs. Only a handful of wispy clouds, and east winds gusting into the 20s, accompanied the mainly clear skies right on through the evening and overnight. This morning, solid high pressure was keeping the clouds away and east winds blew 15-30 mph.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 22 G 28 mph/Pressure: 30.15”
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 63F*/49F/*previous record, 62F in 1963
Depoe Bay: 65F/49F
Waldport: 69F*/50F/*previous record, 68F in 1954
Yachats: 68F*/52F/*ties record, 68F in 1954
Forecast: Today may be even warmer than yesterday with highs in the upper-60s, and 70F not out of the question in some locations along the Central Coast. Expect the sunshine feast and localized gusty east winds to continue. Tonight, clear skies and a low about 45F. A little cooler tomorrow but still sunny, highs 60-65F. Outlook is for mostly cloudy and sprinkles Wednesday, overcast Thursday, rain on Friday, then a chance of rain/showers for the weekend. The thermometer is projected to drop to slightly below seasonal by week’s end with highs of 50F and lows of 40-45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s dry pavement on the highways and it’s 40F in the passes; areas of fog early becoming mostly sunny today, temperatures 60-65F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting areas of fog early, then gradual clearing, the thermometer rising to 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunshine, east winds gusting 30-60 mph, highs of 50-55F. For the Cascades, highways have mainly bare pavement with a few spots of ice this morning, temps are 35-40F; sunny today, the free air freezing level is 13,000 feet.
Marine: Winds E 10-20 knots this morning, highest close to shore, with seas 6-7 feet at 17 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this evening. Cross swells 6-10 feet are expected to churn things up today, winds should stay easterly below 20 knots. Tonight, swells 9 feet at 14 seconds and SE winds 10-15 knots. The pattern is roughly the same tomorrow with SE winds 10-15 knots gusting 20, swells 8 feet at 13 seconds. Outlook is for S winds rising to 20-25 knots on Wednesday, swells 7 feet, and then southerlies 10-15 knots and swells 10-13 feet Thursday and Friday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Sunshine, breezy, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
02/08 Mon 11:48 AM 9.63 H
02/08 Mon 06:22 PM -1.04 L
02/09 Tue 12:58 AM 8.54 H
02/09 Tue 06:29 AM 2.18 L
In Short: Mainly clear, warm, east windy, then back to wet.