Thursday, Feb. 11th – Lincoln County
Summary: After a brief flirtation with Spring-like conditions early in the week, we’re back in the flow of weather systems tracking into our area off the North Pacific. Yesterday also proved that if it drizzles long enough and hard enough, measurable precipitation is certainly feasible; over a tenth of an inch was recorded. Southwest winds were also back in control with a few gusts near 30 mph, and the thermometer rose to the upper-50s. The drizzle finally ceased in the early evening and there were scattered clouds and some clearing overnight. Temps dipped only slightly to the lower-50s. At dawn, showers dotted the radar and the breeze was light out of the southeast.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 7,500′
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 8 mph/Pressure: 29.96”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/54F/23mph/0.19”
Depoe Bay: 57F/52F/33mph/0.22”
Forecast: The southerly flow is projected to endure for the next week or so conveying lots of moisture and occasionally blustery winds. Rain is likely today, high about 60F, and south winds 10-15 mph. Increasing wind and heavier rain (maybe a half inch) tonight, low of 50F. Tomorrow, the rain turns to showers by lunchtime and the mercury stops at 50-55F. Outlook is for rain Saturday and Sunday, a chance of rain on President’s Day, then rain likely Tuesday and Wednesday. Seasonal temps are expected with highs of 50-55F and lows around 45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s damp pavement on the highways and it’s 45-50F in the passes; patchy fog, cloudy, a chance of rain today, temperatures 55-60F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog, a chance of rain, the thermometer rising to 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain likely, east winds gusting 20-25 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; a 50-50 chance of rain today, breezy, the snow level is above the passes at 8,000 feet.
Marine: Winds are variable, mostly under 10 knots this morning, with seas 7-8 feet at 11 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through late tomorrow night. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from late this afternoon through late tonight. S winds rising to 10-20 knots gusting 25 today and seas building to 10 feet at 19 seconds. Tonight, southerlies 15-20 knots gusting 25-30 with swells 13 feet at 17 seconds. SW winds tomorrow, 10-15 knots, swells 12 feet at 16 seconds. Outlook is for mainly southerlies Saturday through Monday, 10-15 knots occasionally gusting 20, with seas 10-13 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
02/11 Thu 08:04 AM 1.42 L
02/11 Thu 02:11 PM 8.90 H
02/11 Thu 08:22 PM -0.16 L
02/12 Fri 02:57 AM 9.20 H
In Short: Rain, moderate wind, then continued wet and unsettled.