Wednesday, Feb. 24th – Lincoln County
Summary: The big story yesterday, if we had one, was the blustery east wind during the morning. Gusts over 30 mph were recorded along parts of the Central Coast. This breeze ushered-in some warm air from the east and the mercury climbed above 60F. Filtered sunshine carried the daylight hours but clouds began filling the sky shortly after dark and were solidly in place by midnight. Overnight lows dipped into the 40s, and winds went light. No precipitation was recorded; in fact we are currently about 3 inches below normal for February. At daybreak, it was cloudy with a light east wind.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 2,100′, overcast @ 2,500′
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 6 mph/Pressure: 30.01”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 62F/46F/17mph
Depoe Bay: 61F/40F/23mph
Forecast: It looks like this dry stretch will last through the next couple of days. Cloudy with some sunbreaks today, light winds from the southwest and a high near 60F. Tonight, overcast, low around 40F. The bonus day this week will be tomorrow, just in time for the kickoff of the Seafood & Wine Festival, with mostly sunny skies and the thermometer reaching 60-65F. Outlook is for a weather system to arrive on Friday afternoon bringing some rain but not much wind, lingering showers run into Saturday, another system comes in on Sunday with rain and moderate winds, then a chance of rain/showers Monday and Tuesday. Average temps are projected during the extended period.
Seafood & Wine Festival… A mixed cellar will be uncorked with sunshine Thursday, rain Friday, chance of showers Saturday, rain Sunday, highs of 50-60F, lows 40-45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s bare pavement and 40F in the passes; mostly cloudy today, temperatures rising to 55-60F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog early, partly sunny later, the thermometer rising to 60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for partly sunny skies, east winds gusting 20-25 mph, high of 55F. For the Cascades, highways have spots of ice this morning, temps are 25-30F; partly sunny today, the free air freezing level is at 8,000 feet.
Marine: Winds are SSE 10-15 knots with seas 6 feet at 19 seconds this morning. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through tonight. A train of large swells is headed toward local waters and seas are expected to build to 12-15 feet at 17 seconds this afternoon, winds SW 5-10 knots. Tonight, SW winds 10 knots or less and swells subsiding to 13 feet at 15 seconds. A light SE breeze 10 knots or less is predicted for tomorrow with swells around 9 feet. Outlook is for S winds 10-15 knots, swells 8 feet on Friday, SW winds 15-20 knots Saturday, swells 13 feet, and then sou’westers 20-25 knots possibly gusting to gale force on Sunday with seas 14 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Cloudy, sunbreaks, surf 10-15 feet (moderate).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches today as sneaker waves are expected. These waves will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
02/24 Wed 07:08 AM 1.88 L
02/24 Wed 01:12 PM 8.28 H
02/24 Wed 07:24 PM 0.48 L
02/25 Thu 01:52 AM 8.27 H
In Short: Mostly cloudy, light wind, clearing, then wet.