Friday, Mar. 18th – Lincoln County
Summary: It may have been the luck of the Irish giving us Summer conditions yesterday with highs in the 60s and sunny skies. And, for much of our daylight hours, there wasn’t much wind, either. An absolutely stunning sunset capped the day; you could almost hear the Sun’s steam-hiss over the cacophony of clicking electronic camera shutters. The east wind picked up substantially overnight, gusting to near 30 mph and a few clouds from a minor weather front began weaseling their way in. By dawn, clouds were becoming more prevalent and the east wind was hinting at shifting to the south.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 18 G 26 mph/Pressure: 29.76”
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 61F/43F
Depoe Bay: 64F/36F
Forecast: And that’s that. We won’t be getting another one like yesterday today. Increasing clouds are expected, the breeze shifts to southwest 25-30 mph and the thermometer will have to work at attaining 60F. There’s a chance of rain tonight and tomorrow, moderate southerly winds, low of 50F, high 55F. Outlook is rainy and windy on Sunday for the first day of Spring, showers and thunderstorms Monday, with unsettled and showery weather through Thursday. The mercury is projected to remain seasonal.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s bare pavement and 35-40F in the passes; partly cloudy today, temperatures 55-60F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting mostly sunny skies and the thermometer rising to 60-65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunshine, east winds gusting 35-40 mph, high of 55F. For the Cascades, highways have spots of ice this morning, temps are 25-30F, carry chains or traction tires; sunny and breezy today, the free air freezing level is 7,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mixed wet and dry pavement, with snow showers possible in the Cascade passes Sunday.
Marine: Winds are SE 15-20 knots gusting 25 this morning but seas have mellowed to a paltry 3-4 feet at 11 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this afternoon. Winds veering to S by this afternoon 15-20 knots gusting 25 with windwaves around 5 feet developing. Tonight, Southerlies 15 knots gusting 25 and swells around 7 feet at 14 seconds. W winds 5-15 knots are expected tomorrow, swells building to 8 feet. Outlook is for a storm system to arrive Sunday with S winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 and choppy 7 foot seas, then a SW to W breeze 15-25 knots Monday and Tuesday, swells building to 10 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Increasing clouds, breezy, surf 3-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
03/18 Fri 09:20 AM 7.67 H
03/18 Fri 04:10 PM 0.58 L
03/18 Fri 10:54 PM 7.05 H
03/19 Sat 04:23 AM 3.03 L
In Short: Increasing clouds, then wet and windy.