Monday, Mar. 14th – Lincoln County
Summary: In a storm reminiscent of several others this Winter, rain, wind and heavy surf highlighted yesterday’s conditions. Precipitation totals were between a half and three-quarters of an inch, southerly winds gusted to near 50 mph (over 60 mph on the headlands) and huge waves were breaking as far as a mile offshore before running up the beaches and crashing into rocky shores. It was cooler, too, with the mercury just managing to reach the low-50s. The steady rain turned to showers by mid-morning and the breeze relaxed somewhat after lunch. Scattered clouds, some rather heavy rain showers and occasionally gusty winds closed out the day, lasted through the night and continued this morning.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 2,700′ & 3,200′, broken @ 6,000′
Visibility: 5 miles/Wind: SW 10 mph/Pressure: 29.77”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 51F/46F/45mph/0.48”
Depoe Bay: 51F/42F/49mph/0.51”
Forecast: You may take a shine to the extended predictions as we start drying out after a couple more wet days. Showers and possible thunderstorms are still in the cards today and tonight, southwest winds 15-20 mph gusting 25-30, high 50F and a low of 40-45F. Tomorrow, showers likely, high 50F and light winds. Outlook is for partly sunny Wednesday, sunshine Thursday and Friday, then back to cloudy and a chance of showers over the weekend. Temps warming to highs of 55-60F, lows 45-50F.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement and 40F in the passes; showers and possible thunderstorms today, temperatures 45-50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting showers, a chance of thunderstorms, the thermometer rising to 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, west winds gusting 20-25 mph, highs of 45-50F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow and it’s snowing hard this morning, temps are 20-25F, chains or traction tires are required on all passes; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect today for 5-10 inches of snow accumulation down to 2,500 feet.
Marine: Seas have subsided to 15-16 feet at 15 seconds this morning and winds are down to 15-20 knots gusting 25. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through late tonight. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect through tomorrow evening. W winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 today and tonight with steep swells 13-14 feet at 14 seconds. Tomorrow, W winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 becoming SW 5-10 knots in the afternoon, seas 12 feet at 14 seconds. Outlook is for E winds 5-10 knots gusting 15 with seas 8 feet on Wednesday, then NE winds 20-25 knots and swells 4-5 feet Thursday and Friday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
03/14 Mon 11:34 AM 0.24 L
03/14 Mon 06:04 PM 6.80 H
03/14 Mon 11:28 PM 2.80 L
03/15 Tue 05:51 AM 8.47 H
In Short: Showers, windy, then slow drying and warming.