Monday, Feb. 29th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday’s blustery southerly breeze held on until sunset as a slow-moving weather system continued to affect our area. The wind was steady at 25-30 mph with gusts in the upper-30s to low-40s for much of the day. There generally wasn’t much precipitation albeit a couple of the short-lived showers were quite intense. Some cheery sunbreaks appeared from time to time and all of our reporting stations had exactly the same high temperature, 54F. We were in between fronts for most of the night, but some rain fell again just before daybreak. Low temps dipped slightly to the upper-40s. At dawn, it was mostly cloudy with a light southeast wind.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered clouds @ 1,100′ and 1,900′, broken @ 2,900′
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SSE 8 mph/Pressure: 30.07”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 54F/50F/40mph/0.12”
Depoe Bay: 54F/46F/42mph/0.01”
A High Wind Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, in effect from 8:00am Tuesday morning through 2:00pm Tuesday afternoon. South winds 20-30 mph with gusts to 60 mph, strongest near beaches and headlands. A High Wind Watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph, or gusts of 58 mph or stronger may occur.
Forecast: 2016’s Leap Day (see Factoid below) isn’t going to be much different that any other day during this wet Winter. Expect rain to develop again by this afternoon, moderate winds and a high of 55F. Tonight, rainy and breezy, low 50F. It looks like we’re going to get a big blast of wind tomorrow with gusts 50-60 mph, and a bucket of rain, maybe three-quarters of an inch, and the mercury rises to 55F. Outlook is for a chance of rain Wednesday, rain likely Thursday, then rainy and occasionally windy Friday through Sunday. A Pineapple Express (atmospheric river) event with heavy rain is possible Friday and Saturday. Average temps prevail all week.
Travel: Highway 101 will be closed at Milepost 178 until sometime today following a landslide just north of Sea Lion Caves and south of the Cape Creek Tunnel, 11 miles north of Florence. ODOT crews are clearing the roadway, but cannot safely open it to traffic until debris remaining on the hillside is cleared in daylight today to ensure slope stability and safety for travelers. The highway may be closed throughout the day; check Tripcheck.com before attempting to travel through the area. Travelers are advised to take alternate routes.
In the Coast Range this morning, there’s bare pavement and 35-40F in the passes; rain by this afternoon, temperatures 50-55F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting a chance of rain, the thermometer rising to 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain developing, light east wind, highs of 50-55F. For the Cascades, highways have spots of ice this morning, temps are 20-30F; partly cloudy with a chance of snow showers today, the snow level is at 3,000 feet, carry chains or traction tires.
Marine: Sou’westers are blowing 10-20 knots this morning with rough seas 13 feet at 13 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this evening. A Gale Warning is then in effect from this evening through Tuesday evening. SW winds today 10-15 knots gusting 20 and square seas 13 feet at 13 seconds. Tonight, S winds rising to 25-30 knots gusting 35-40 and combined seas 14 feet at 14 seconds. Even stronger southerlies are expected tomorrow, 30-35 knots gusting 40-45 with combined rough seas building to 18 feet at 13 seconds. Outlook is for mainly S winds 20-30 knots gusting 35 and seas 15-20 feet through Friday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain developing, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
* 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 this afternoon’s high tide.
02/29 Mon 10:40 AM 1.96 L
02/29 Mon 04:55 PM 5.96 H
02/29 Mon 10:16 PM 3.34 L
03/01 Tue 04:45 AM 7.63 H
In Short: Mostly rainy and windy all week.
Leap Day Factoid: Why do we add a day to the calendar every 4 years? In reality, the Earth’s orbit around the Sun (one solar year) takes approximately 365 days and 6 hours (exactly 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, 45 seconds). So, about 24 extra hours accumulates every 4 years, requiring that an additional day be added to align the calendar with the Sun’s apparent position. Without this ‘Leap Day,’ the seasons in future years would occur later in the calendar, eventually leading to confusion about when to undertake activities dependent on weather, ecology, or hours of daylight. There’s a little problem with Leap Days, however. By adding a full calendar day every four years you end up with an excess of around 44 minutes each time, or about 3 days every 400 years. To compensate for this, 3 days are then removed from the calendar every 400 years. The Gregorian calendar we use implements this adjustment by making an exception to the general rule that there is a Leap Year every four years. Instead, a year divisible by 100 is not a leap year unless that year is also exactly divisible by 400. This means that the years 1600, 2000, and 2400 are leap years, while the years 1700, 1800, 1900, 2100, 2200, 2300, and 2500 are not leap years.