Tuesday, Feb. 16th – Lincoln County
Summary: If you want to write a letter home, wait for later in the week because yesterday’s weather news was just plain blah. It was cloudy most of the day, albeit Ol’ Sol made a couple of brief appearances. The hands of the atmosphere attempted to wring some rain out of the overcast with only marginal success at best, a few hundredths of an inch. Thermometer readings were totally normal as highs reached the low-50s. And, the breath of south wind barely reached gusts of 20 mph. The cloud cover thickened overnight and a light drizzle fell during the early morning hours. On the bright side, we’re up to 10 hours and 30 minutes of daylight today and gaining almost 3 minutes a day.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 1,100′, overcast @ 2,000′
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: calm/Pressure: 29.94”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/51F/0.18”
Depoe Bay: 54F/49F/0.04”
Forecast: There should indeed be something to write home about before this week is over. In the wake of the brief lull we’re in today with mostly cloudy skies, light winds and a high of 55F, look for the approach of storm systems daily through the weekend. Tomorrow, the first one arrives by afternoon bringing rain and a bit of breeze. Outlook is for wind and rain to increase substantially tomorrow night, showers and breezy Thursday, rainy and windy Friday, a good chance of rain Saturday, another storm is possible Sunday, and then showers and sunbreaks on Monday. The mercury is expected to hover near normal as highs reach 55F and lows dip to 45F throughout the extended period.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement on the highways and 45F in the passes; mostly cloudy today, temperatures 40-45F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting mainly overcast skies, possible sunbreaks, the thermometer rising to 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a chance of rain, light southwest wind, high of 55F. For the Cascades, highways have mostly bare pavement with a few spots of ice this morning, temps are 30-35F; a 50-50 chance of rain today, the snow level is above the passes at 6,500 feet.
Marine: Winds are S 5-15 knots with seas 8 feet at 11 seconds this morning. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through late tonight. A Gale Watch is in effect from tomorrow evening through Thursday afternoon. S winds 10-15 knots easing to 5-10 knots this afternoon, seas 8 feet at 11 seconds. Tonight, a SE breeze rising to 10-15 knots gusting 20 after midnight with swells building to 12 feet at 15 seconds. S winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 tomorrow, swells around 10 feet. Outlook is for a gale on Thursday with southerlies 30-35 knots gusting 40 and combined rough seas building to 20 feet, then SW winds 30-35 knots Friday, seas 15 feet, followed by light S wind 10-15 knots and swells 14 feet on Saturday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Drizzle ending, overcast, light breeze, 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.
02/16 Tue 06:23 AM 8.70 H
02/16 Tue 01:25 PM 0.95 L
02/16 Tue 08:00 PM 6.31 H
02/17 Wed 01:03 AM 3.66 L
In Short: Mostly cloudy, light wind, then stormy.