Friday, Feb. 26th – Lincoln County
Summary: As expected, yesterday was the bonus day of the week with mainly sunny skies, hardly any wind and high temperatures reaching into the 60s (though Yachats didn’t quite hit the mark, just 58F there). The only fly in the ointment was some haze and fog that developed along the beaches and headlands. High clouds from a weather system coming our way marred the sunset, but Ol’ Sol was strong enough to remain visible right down to the horizon. Overnight, fog and low clouds blocked out the waning gibbous Moon at times, low temps were in the 40s. At dawn, the blue was losing to the gray and winds were southeast 5-10 mph. We reach 11 hours of daylight today and are gaining 3 minutes a day as we rush toward the Vernal Equinox’s 12 hours on March 20th.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 400′
Visibility: 4 miles/Wind: calm/Pressure: 29.86”
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 61F/49F
Depoe Bay: 60F/43F
Forecast: It’s also the eleventh hour for organizers of the Newport Seafood & Wine Festival as the bulk of participants begin arriving today. We’ll be back and forth between wet and dry over the next few days, and we don’t mean under the tents in South Beach. Rain is predicted to begin later this morning and dump about half an inch on the Central Coast, albeit winds should remain light to moderate. High today 55-60F. Showers tonight, low 45-50F. Mostly cloudy skies are expected tomorrow with an outside chance of showers, high 55F. Outlook is for rain and some substantial winds on Sunday, then a chance of rain all week, Monday through Thursday.
Seafood & Wine Festival… Rain today, showers possible and cloudy tomorrow, rainy and windy on Sunday, high 55F, low 40-45F. NOTE: Hazardous surf expected this weekend (see On the Beach below).
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s bare pavement and 40F in the passes; patchy fog, rain developing today, temperatures rising to 55F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain by this afternoon, the thermometer rising to 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain developing, east winds gusting 25-30 mph, high of 55F. For the Cascades, highways have spots of ice this morning, temps are 30-35F; a chance of rain today, the snow level is above the passes at 7,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mixed wet and dry roads at the lower elevations but a slight chance of snow in the Cascade passes tomorrow, then snow likely down to 4,000 feet Sunday and Sunday night, carry chains or traction tires.
Marine: Southerly winds are beginning to pick up this morning ahead of an approaching weather system with the breeze S 10-15 knots and seas 8 feet at 12 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect from this afternoon through Saturday afternoon. S winds 10-20 knots today with swells building to 10-12 feet at 19 seconds. Tonight, W winds 10-15 knots, swells 12-13 feet at 18 seconds. Seas hold at 12 feet early tomorrow, subsiding to 10 feet by afternoon, winds S 15-20 knots. Outlook is for a gale on Sunday as southerlies rise to 25-35 knots gusting 40 with combined seas 15-17 feet, then S winds 20-35 knots Monday and Tuesday, swells 15-17 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain, moderate breeze, surf 10-15 feet (high).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf, especially during the afternoon high tides. Sneaker waves are expected all weekend; these dangerous waves will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
02/26 Fri 08:23 AM 1.72 L
02/26 Fri 02:28 PM 7.44 H
02/26 Fri 08:25 PM 1.50 L
02/27 Sat 02:53 AM 8.10 H
In Short: Rain, cloudy, rainy and windy, then wet and unsettled.