Monday, Feb. 15th – Lincoln County
Summary: Additional rainfall yesterday and overnight brought precipitation totals for the last two days up to over 2 inches; Yachats easily topped 3 inches for the most recorded locally. An odd sidelight to mull over is what happened (or didn’t) with the thermometer. There was very little movement; in fact Newport had the rare occurrence of its high and low temperature being exactly the same, 52F. Winds were a bit lighter yesterday and last night staying below 30 mph. Early this morning, the raindrops were getting lighter and smaller, and southwest winds had come down to about 15 mph gusting 20.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 200′
Visibility: 1.25 miles/Wind: SSW 15 mph/Pressure: 30.10”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/53F/0.61”
Depoe Bay: 53F/51F/0.43”
Forecast: We’re in a unique yo yo pattern as fronts from a weather system lift north and dip south repeatedly over the next several days. So, there’ll be short periods of drying between sessions of rain. The current bout of rain ends today with the thermometer headed for 60F. Tonight, mostly cloudy with rain returning before daybreak, lows around 45F. Rain is likely tomorrow, maybe a quarter inch or so, and a high of 55F. Outlook is for rain Wednesday, too, showers Thursday, rainy and windy Friday, a chance of rain Saturday, and then dry and mostly sunny on Sunday. Average temperatures are anticipated all week.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement on the highways, it’s raining, foggy in spots and 50F in the passes; rain diminishing and windy today, temperatures 55-60F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog, partly sunny skies, the thermometer rising to 60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a chance of rain, west winds gusting 25 mph, high of 60F. For the Cascades, highways have bare pavement this morning, temps are around 40F; a chance of rain, breezy today, the snow level is 8,000 feet. Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is bare pavement at all elevations tonight.
Marine: Seas are running 8-9 feet at 11 seconds this morning with SW winds 15-20 knots. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this afternoon. SW winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 today and seas holding at around 8 feet. Tonight and tomorrow, the wind eases to SW 10-15 knots with swells 9 feet at 11 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies 20-25 knots Wednesday and Thursday, swells building from 8 to 16 feet, then a gale on Friday packing SW winds 30-35 knots and combined seas 18 feet or higher. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain ending, breezy, 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.
02/15 Mon 12:09 PM 1.14 L
02/15 Mon 06:31 PM 6.34 H
02/15 Mon 11:49 PM 3.17 L
02/16 Tue 06:23 AM 8.70 H
In Short: Mostly cloudy, then wet and windy.