Thursday, Mar. 17th – Lincoln County
Summary: It was almost as if the seasons changed right before our eyes yesterday. After a typically wet and cloudy Winter morning with southwest winds, the clouds quickly dissipated and a Summer-like northwest breeze sprang up in the afternoon. The mercury climbed to the mid-50s in the sunshine, marred only by a handful of wispy high clouds. Throngs of sunsetters found ideal locations to watch the orange ball drop into the ocean. The Sun then handed rule off to a brilliant waxing gibbous Moon for the night. Low temps were chilly, dipping to around 40F with Depoe Bay the coldest at 35F. At daybreak, mostly clear skies accompanied a rising east wind.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 14 mph/Pressure: 30.34”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/43F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 54F/35F/0.01”
Forecast: For this St. Patrick’s Day, we’ll have the Irish colors as an orange Sun, a few white clouds and green lawns provide a backdrop for local celebrations. Our Irish tempers will flare up a little, too, as the thermometer heads for 65F this afternoon. The only shenanigan being pulled is an east wind expected to rise into the 20s. Tonight, clear, low 40F, east winds gusting 25 mph. Increasing clouds are expected tomorrow, a little cooler as highs top out at 60F, and east winds continuing at 10-15 mph gusting 25. Outlook is for changing back to what has been the norm all Winter, a chance of rain Saturday, rain likely Sunday (the first day of Spring), then a chance of showers and unsettled conditions Monday through Wednesday. Look for seasonal temps with highs of 50-55F and lows around 45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s mainly bare pavement but spots of ice are possible and 30-35F in the passes; mostly sunny today, temperatures near 60F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting patchy morning fog, then sunny, breezy and the thermometer rising to 60-65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunshine, east winds gusting 30-35 mph, high of 55F. For the Cascades, highways have spots of ice this morning, temps are 25-30F, carry chains or traction tires; sunny today, the free air freezing level is 6,000 feet.
Marine: Seas are running 6 feet at 11 seconds this morning with a NE breeze 10-15 knots. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from 2:00pm this afternoon through tomorrow morning. E to NE winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 today and tonight, swells 5-6 feet at 10-11 seconds. Tomorrow, E to SE winds 15-20 knots gusting 25-30 knots with seas around 4 feet. Outlook is for NE winds 5 knots and swells 9 feet on Saturday, then southerlies 20-30 knots Sunday and Monday, swells building from 9 to 14 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Sunshine, breezy, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
03/17 Thu 08:08 AM 7.74 H
03/17 Thu 03:09 PM 0.70 L
03/17 Thu 09:59 PM 6.68 H
03/18 Fri 03:17 AM 3.48 L
In Short: Mainly clear, warm, east windy, then wet and unsettled.