Central Oregon Coast Weather

A Short Recess

By: NewportOr, 4:05 PM GMT on January 31, 2014

Friday, Jan. 31st – Lincoln County

Summary: Not half-bad yesterday during the daylight hours as the showers took a recess and there were about equal portions of sunshine and clouds. Highs were near 50F and lows in the low-40s. Rainfall amounts came in under a quarter of an inch, and winds blew from the west-southwest 10-15 mph with a peak gust of 23 recorded at Depoe Bay. As forecast, the recess was over by evening, then showers, some rather heavy, rolled through overnight. This morning saw a brief break in precipitation before what is expected to be the final round of showers for a while.

Past 24 hours high/low/rain...
Lincoln City: 53F/43F/0.21”
Depoe Bay: 48F/41F/0.10”
Newport: 50F/37F/0.07”
Waldport: 52F/41F/0.13”
Yachats: 49F/40F/0.22”

Forecast: There are more showers on the radar, literally, early today and some of those will pass through our area. Highs in the upper-40s. A raincoat will probably still be necessary this evening on your way to the concert fundraiser for the Siletz Bay Music Festival at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. Patchy fog developing tonight along with waning chances of rain, and a low in the upper-30s. Tomorrow, mostly sunny after morning fog, high again 48F or so, lows near 35F, and light winds. Partly sunny Sunday; cool with highs in the mid-40s and lows near freezing. Outlook is for another minor weather disturbance carrying a slight chance of rain to come in the door Sunday night, but finding the exit by late Monday. The rest of the week, partly to mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Temperatures below normal, staying in the range of 32-45F, light winds.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open and around 35F this morning with wet pavement and icy spots. Highway 34 has standing water on the roadway again today near Alsea Mountain summit at Milepost 38. Highway 101 has no issues through the Central Coast region. Valley destinations are in the upper-30s with showers expected throughout the day. In the Cascades, heavy snow showers are making travel difficult. Highways have packed snow and continuing snow showers with the freezing level at 2,000 feet and falling. Chains or traction tires are currently required over the higher elevations. Outlook for weekend travelers: On the Central Coast to Valley highways expect cooler temperatures and icy nights and mornings, with the snow level dropping to near the passes by Sunday night. Corvallis, Portland and other Willamette Valley locations are expected to have frosty mornings with patchy fog. The Cascades will be dicey all weekend with more snow predicted and the freezing level dropping to near 1,000 feet.

Cascades Snow Pack... 58”, a gain of 5” since yesterday.

Marine: Seas have moderated to below 8 feet this morning, and the wind is out of the SW at 10 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 22 feet and less, with no restrictions for uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Nothing much to worry about the next few days as conditions are expected to remain fairly flat. NW wind easing to 5-10 knots this afternoon through tonight, and seas falling to 6 feet. Tomorrow, S wind 5-10 knots, seas 5 feet. Outlook is for variable winds 5-10 knots and seas staying around 5 feet. No large storms predicted for the week ahead, though there could be a slight bump-up in winds about mid-week.

On the Beach... Showers, light wind, surf 5 feet (low). The final King Tide of this Winter occurs at noon today. Use caution anywhere near the ocean during this period of extreme high water. To view pictures of the effect these unique tidal events produce, the Oregon King Tides Photo Initiative is holding a photo party at Rogue Brewery in Newport this evening.
Tides
01/31 Fri 12:01 PM 10.24 H
01/31 Fri 06:40 PM -1.41 L
02/01 Sat 01:13 AM 8.92 H
02/01 Sat 06:51 AM 1.71 L

In Short: Showers, light winds, then clearing and cooler.

Updated: 4:07 PM GMT on January 31, 2014

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Weather Appliances

By: NewportOr, 4:07 PM GMT on January 30, 2014

Thursday, Jan. 30th – Lincoln County

Summary: The blender was running on medium yesterday providing a mix of clouds, short sunbreaks, showers and variable winds. The southerly breeze in the morning was relatively stiff at 20-30 mph with a peak gust of 38 at Yachats, but it died down substantially by early afternoon. Highs around 50F, rebounding from lows in the 40s. Rainfall amounts were below a quarter inch. Most of the precipitation left us overnight and stars were visible in the broken overcast. This morning, clouds are re-thickening (if that’s a word) ahead of another round of moisture and unstable conditions.

Past 24 hours high/low/rain...
Lincoln City: 52F/48F/0.22”
Depoe Bay: 50F/44F/0.10”
Newport: 50F/39F/0.21”
Waldport: 51F/43F/0.21”
Yachats: 51F/44F/0.20”

Forecast: Continuing our home appliance analogy, the weather washing machine is out of the agitate cycle, a final rinse is on the way, and we should be going into the dryer by the weekend. More showers are anticipated to pass through the Central Coast over the next 24 to 36 hours; highest chances and heaviest rain should be later today through tonight. High temperature this afternoon near 50F; overnight low about 40F. Light west to northwest winds. Tomorrow expect a decreasing chance of showers through the day and cooler, high in the mid-40s. Outlook is for a drying trend and lots more sunshine Saturday through Monday. Highs in the upper 40s, lows in the mid-30s. No major storm systems on the horizon.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open and around 35F this morning with wet pavement and icy spots. Highway 34 has standing water on the roadway near Alsea Mountain summit at Milepost 38. Highway 101 has no issues through the Central Coast region. Valley destinations are in the 40s with showers expected through tomorrow. In the Cascades, it’s a different story with snow showers forecast until Saturday. Highways have slush and packed snow with the freezing level at 2,500 feet. Another 2-6 inches of snow is possible in the next 48 hours. Carry chains or traction tires.

Cascades Snow Pack... 53”, a gain of 6” since yesterday. Over the last week there has been a net gain of 3”.

Cascadia: A magnitude 4.7 earthquake was recorded about 130 miles west of Gold Beach at 4:00pm yesterday. It was felt in Lincoln City and other Oregon Coast locations.

Marine: The breeze has lightened and come around to the NW early today, under 10 knots; seas are holding at 10 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas 10-12 feet remains in effect through this afternoon, winds NW 10-15 knots gusting 20. This evening begins with northwesterly winds 15-20 knots, but dropping overnight to 10-15, seas subsiding to 8 feet. For Friday, W to NW winds 5-15 knots, wave heights holding about 8 feet. Outlook is for fairly benign conditions over the weekend and into early next week. Winds variable 5-10 knots gusting 15, and the swell relaxing to 4-5 feet.

On the Beach... Showers, light wind, surf 6-8 feet (moderate). The final round of this Winter’s King Tides continues today and tomorrow. Be extremely careful anywhere near the ocean during this period of extreme high water. If you’d like to help document these exceptional events (from a safe distance), go here: www.coastalatlas.net/kingtides/
Tides
01/30 Thu 11:09 AM 10.37 H
01/30 Thu 05:57 PM -1.55 L
01/31 Fri 12:31 AM 8.54 H
01/31 Fri 05:58 AM 2.08 L

In Short: Showers, light wind, then drying and mostly sunny.

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A Stern Reminder

By: NewportOr, 4:09 PM GMT on January 29, 2014

Wednesday, Jan. 29th – Lincoln County

Summary: Whether or not we needed it, yesterday was a stern reminder of exactly where we live. You’d never know that a week ago we were basking in sunshine with Summer-like temperatures. An inch or better of rain has fallen during the past day; almost an inch and a half in Yachats. Southwest winds accompanying this storm system were 20-25 mph with a peak gust of 32 at the Newport airport. High temperatures for period, in the low-50s, were actually recorded after sunset as a warm front came in. The rain turned light this morning, but southerly winds are still up around 20-25 mph.

Past 24 hours high/low/rain...
Lincoln City: 53F/45F/0.98”
Depoe Bay: 51F/43F/0.96”
Newport: 52F/43F/1.18”
Waldport: 53F/49F/1.28”
Yachats: 54F/48F/1.43”

Forecast: If you think you’re confused by our recent abnormal weather, think about the flowers. Tulips and other hardy early risers are already pushing up. Not unheard of, certainly, but it’s still pretty early in the year. On tap today, a change from the steady rain to a showery regime with thunderstorms possible late this afternoon. Southwest winds are forecast to continue at 20-30 mph, gusting to 45. High near 50F. Tonight, if you’re on your way to discuss the sport halibut fishing season with state officials at the Holiday Inn in Newport, you might want to wear foul weather gear. Showers and a chance of thunderstorms continue this evening and overnight, lows around 45F, and slowly abating winds. Tomorrow, look for a 50-50 chance of showers, high again of 50F, and light west wind. Outlook is for another blast of showers Thursday night and Friday before a drying trend sets in for the weekend with cooler temperatures, light winds and the return of the sun.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open and well above freezing with wet pavement and occasional windy conditions today. Highway 101 has no issues through the Central Coast region. Valley destinations are in the 40s with rain expected through the day. In the Cascades, a Winter Weather Advisory has been posted for this afternoon through tomorrow morning. Highways have a mix of wet pavement and icy spots this morning but the freezing level is dropping below pass level later today, down to 3,000 feet, and 4-8 inches of snow is predicted.

Cascades Snow Pack... 47”, a loss of 2” since yesterday.

Marine: Rough on the ocean this morning with combined seas near 12 feet, and winds out of the SSW 15-20 knots gusting 25. As of 8:00am, Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 26 feet and less. Depoe Bay bar is restricted for all recreational vessels and uninspected passenger vessels 30 feet and less. There is a Small Craft Advisory in effect for SW winds rising to 20-25 knots today gusting 30 with isolated gusts to 35 through this evening. And a Small Craft Advisory is up for hazardous seas 9-12 feet through tomorrow morning, with a few waves approaching 15 feet. The bulk of any gale-force wind gusts should be over by late this afternoon, but there is a chance of thunderstorms in the mix which could produce short bursts of high winds overnight. The weather is expected to lay down tomorrow, with the breeze going W 10 knots gusting 15 and seas of 8-10 feet. Outlook is for variable winds 5-10 knots Friday and through the weekend, with seas falling to 4-7 feet.

On the Beach... Showers, windy, surf 9-12 feet. The final round of this Winter’s King Tides begins today. Be extremely careful anywhere near the ocean this week. If you’d like to help document these exceptional events (from a safe distance) now through Friday, go here: www.coastalatlas.net/kingtides/
Tides
01/29 Wed 10:16 AM 10.23 H
01/29 Wed 05:12 PM -1.39 L
01/29 Wed 11:48 PM 8.06 H
01/30 Thu 05:04 AM 2.54 L

In Short: Showers, windy, then slow drying.

Updated: 4:13 PM GMT on January 29, 2014

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Paying the Piper

By: NewportOr, 4:01 PM GMT on January 28, 2014

Tuesday, Jan. 28th – Lincoln County

Summary: The first raindrops started spattering windshields during the noon hour yesterday, and became steady by mid-afternoon. Precipitation amounts haven’t been impressive, at a tenth of an inch so far. Winds were from the east at 10-15 mph, with a peak gust of 21 at Lincoln City. Highs topped out around 50F after morning lows in the low-40s. There was intermittent very light rain overnight and into this morning, and east winds have gone soft, generally under 10 mph.

Past 24 hours high/low/rain...
Lincoln City: 48F/43F/0.11”
Depoe Bay: 47F/41F/0.09”
Newport: 46F/39F/0.08”
Waldport: 51F/41F/0.10”
Yachats: 51F/43F/0.09”

Forecast: Time to pay the piper. His fee for the previous ten days of dry and sunny Summer-like weather is a stretch of rain and wind, both in copious amounts. Occasional rain today, light winds, high of 50F. But deteriorating conditions are expected by this evening. The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement for the arrival tonight of the strongest storm in at least two weeks. It’ll be a wet one with projections of 1-2 inches of rain between this evening and Thursday. Winds going southerly and rising to 15-25 mph gusting 40 by tonight; tomorrow, 25-30 mph gusting 45. Temperatures in the 40s. Outlook is for the higher wind and heavier rain to fade by Thursday, followed by several days of showers, variable clouds, sunny periods, light winds and cooler temperatures; highs in the mid-to-upper 40s, lows in the mid-30s. In a word, unsettled.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open but once again flirting with the freezing point so there are patches of ice. By late morning, Coast to Valley highways should be down to wet blacktop for the rest of today. Highway 101 has no issues through the Central Coast region. Valley destinations are about 40F with rain expected through the day. In the Cascades, highways have a mix of wet pavement and icy spots. The freezing level is at 5,500 feet, and there’s a chance for light snow today and tonight. Crossing the Cascade passes may become hazardous tomorrow; 3-6 inches of snow coupled with strong winds is forecast.

Cascades Snow Pack... 49”, no change since yesterday.

Marine: Seas have doubled since yesterday morning and are now near 10 feet; winds are out of the SSE at 10 knots. Depoe Bay bar is restricted for all recreational vessels, and for uninspected passenger vessels 24 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas, 11-12 feet, is up through tomorrow evening. A Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect this afternoon with the arrival of a warm front. The wind advisory will remain hoisted through late Wednesday. Southerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20 today, rising to SW 20-25 knots late tonight, and westerly gusts to 30 knots tomorrow, finally easing late tomorrow night. Seas slowly subsiding through the period to 6-8 feet. Outlook is for NW winds 10-15 knots Thursday and Friday, seas 5-6 feet. S wind 5-10 knots, seas 5 feet, over the weekend.

On the Beach... Rainy, moderate winds, surf 9-12 feet.
Tides
01/28 Tue 09:20 AM 9.91 H
01/28 Tue 04:25 PM -0.97 L
01/28 Tue 11:04 PM 7.5 H
01/29 Wed 04:08 AM 3.0 L

In Short: Rain and wind increasing, then showery.

Updated: 4:05 PM GMT on January 28, 2014

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First Day of Fall

By: NewportOr, 3:55 PM GMT on January 27, 2014

Monday, Jan. 27th – Lincoln County

Summary: Close, but no cigar, as Central Coast communities failed to reach record highs in yesterday’s sunshine. Most were just a degree or two shy of historical high temperatures. A lingering east wind in the morning, 10-15 mph, gave way to nearly calm conditions the remainder of the day so it felt warmer that the mercury indicated. A few streaks of upper level clouds began appearing late in the day and by this morning it was totally overcast with a little patchy fog and a low around 40F.

Past 24 hours high/low...
Lincoln City: 58F/44F
Depoe Bay: 58F/39F
Newport: 59F/37F
Waldport: 56F/40F
Yachats: 54F/40F

Forecast: It’s the first day of Autumn, or so it appears. In the space of less than two months we’ve experienced weather typical of all four seasons. The snow and frigid Winter in early December, a Spring-like and mild holiday season, the Summer of the past week, and today marks the transformation to Fall conditions. Clouds are thickening and rain is already visible to the west on radar this morning. The wet stuff is expected to arrive later today, high about 55F and east winds to 10 mph. Rain tonight, up to a quarter inch, and a low in the mid-40s. Tomorrow through Wednesday could be the heaviest rainfall from this system with totals approaching an inch or higher, along with stronger southerly winds gusting to 25 mph or so. Outlook is for a general mix of clouds, showers, sunbreaks and occasional dry periods thrown in for good measure. Cooler, too. Highs struggling to hit 50F and lows in the upper 30s.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open but right at freezing this morning with spots of ice; warming to 50F later today. Patchy fog and periods of rain all week. Highway 101 temperatures are well above freezing through the Central Coast region. Valley destinations are frosty this morning, but will be warming up with rain by tonight. In the Cascades, highways have mostly bare pavement with icy spots. The freezing level is at 8,000 feet, but dropping to 5,000 feet tonight. Snow is possible in the Cascade passes the rest of the week.

Cascades Snow Pack... 49”, no change since yesterday.

Marine: Winds have come around to the S 10 knots this morning ahead of a cold front on its way in; seas are running 5 feet. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. For today, S to SE winds 10-15 knots with wind-waves to 3 feet and a 6 foot swell. Patchy fog and a chance of rain by this afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for seas building to 10-12 feet goes into effect from this evening through Wednesday afternoon. The wind is expected to remain 10-15 knots gusting 20 or a little higher tonight through Wednesday. Outlook is for decreasing breeze and seas Thursday and Friday, with NW winds 10-15 knots and wave heights dropping to 6-7 feet.

On the Beach... Cloudy, chance of rain, light wind, surf 7-8 feet.
Tides
01/27 Mon 08:22 AM 9.49 H
01/27 Mon 03:35 PM -0.35 L
01/27 Mon 10:15 PM 6.9 H
01/28 Tue 03:08 AM 3.39 L

In Short: Overcast, chance of rain, then rainy and breezy.

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June in January

By: NewportOr, 4:05 PM GMT on January 26, 2014

Sunday, Jan. 26th – Lincoln County

Summary: Yesterday was indeed a summer-like, top-down, Beach Boys on the car stereo sort of day. Record highs were set in Lincoln City, Depoe Bay and Newport. The southern end of our area was cooler, but not by much. East winds held at predictions of 10-15 mph, with a peak gust of 18 at Depoe Bay. Skies remained clear overnight and winds were relatively light, with lows in the low-40s. This morning, a few high clouds were visible but also, off to the southeast, the planet Venus and a waning crescent Moon just before sunrise. It was an elegant beginning for a ‘summer’ Sunday.

Past 24 hours high/low - Historic record high...
Lincoln City: 62F*/47F - 58F (2003)
Depoe Bay: 64F*/41F - 61F (1988)
Newport: 64F*/43F - 61F (1988)
Waldport: 58F/43F - 62F (1986)
Yachats: 59F/45F - 62F (1986)
* New record high on Saturday

Forecast: One more time. Another June in January day is expected. We could see near record highs again and lighter east winds, possibly very light by this afternoon. Ironically, it’ll be mostly sunny and quite warm, highs around 60F, for people attending the Newport Warming Shelter volunteer training today at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. Another round of east winds, 10-15 mph gusting 25, is a probability by this evening and into tomorrow. These will be produced not by the recently-entrenched California-based thermal low, but by the approach of our first weather system in a while. Tomorrow should begin mostly sunny but clouds are forecast to increase throughout the day with a chance for rain by evening; high 55F, low 45F. Outlook is for an extended period of unstable weather with a mix of sun, clouds and rain. There are elevated chances of rain Monday night through Wednesday. Highs during the week ahead in the 50s, lows in the 40s, winds light to moderate.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open and below freezing this morning with spots of ice, but warming to 55F later today. Highway 101 temperatures are well above freezing through the Central Coast region. Valley destinations are frosty this morning, but will be sunny this afternoon with patchy fog tonight. In the Cascades, highways have mostly bare pavement with icy spots. The freezing level is at 9,000 feet, but plummeting by tomorrow night to 3,000 feet with snow possible in the passes.

Cascades Snow Pack... 49”, no change since yesterday.

Cascadia: A magnitude 2.6 earthquake occurred at 9:00pm last night, 20 miles south of Morton, Washington. It was felt by some in the Portland/Vancouver area.

Marine: Not much action on local waters this morning with the E wind down to 5-10 knots and seas at 5-6 feet. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Those conditions should hold through tonight, but tomorrow the approach of the first in a series of weather fronts will bring the breeze around to the SE 10-15 knots gusting 20, and seas building to 9 feet by Monday night. Outlook is for southerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20 on Tuesday with seas rising to 12 feet. Winds veering to the N on Wednesday, 5-15 knots, switching back to S Thursday, 10-20 knots, and seas subsiding to 7-9 feet.

On the Beach... Sunny, light east wind, surf 6-8 feet.
Tides
01/26 Sun 02:40 PM 0.39 L
01/26 Sun 09:18 PM 6.32 H
01/27 Mon 02:01 AM 3.59 L
01/27 Mon 08:22 AM 9.49 H

In Short: Mostly sunny, variable east wind, then cloudy with rain.

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Red Flag is Lowered

By: NewportOr, 4:01 PM GMT on January 25, 2014

Saturday, Jan. 25th – Lincoln County

Summary: Record, or near record, high temperatures and the east wind blowin’ like a bandit prompted the issuance of a Red Flag Warning for the Central Coast (and all coastal zones) at 9:30am yesterday morning. The unusual weather along the coast helped spark two wildfires near Arch Cape south of Cannon Beach, three outside of Coos Bay, and a small one at Tidewater off the Alsea Highway. It was an extremely abnormal combination of factors. High temperatures, exceptionally low relative humidity, strong east winds and tinder dry vegetation came together to create a potentially explosive fire situation. There are no comparable events in recent memory on the coast, especially in Winter. Due to a California-based thermal low extending up the coast, highs easily topped 60F, with Lincoln City, Waldport and Yachats setting new records for the date. East winds were 15-25 mph; the peak gust was 39 at Yachats. The breeze finally started dropping off around 10:00pm last night and the Red Flag Warning expired. However, you should still be extremely careful with any outdoor burning over the weekend. Skies were clear overnight with lows this morning in the 40s and the east wind is down to 10-15 mph.

Past 24 hours high/low - Historic record high...
Lincoln City: 62F*/47F - 57F (1959)
Depoe Bay: 65F/42F - 69F (2006)
Newport: 66F/43F - 69F (2006)
Waldport: 69F*/43F - 65F (1995)
Yachats: 67F*/45F - 65F (1995)
* New record high on Friday

Forecast: Both temperature and wind are forecast to ratchet down today. For Surfrider’s “Sifting Saturday” cleanup of marine plastics on the beach at Otter Rock this morning, expect sunshine and east winds 10-15 mph. High this afternoon 55-60F, and east winds fading further. Tonight on your way to the Robert Burns Supper at the Shilo in Newport, mostly clear skies and patchy fog. Overnight lows in the low-40s. Tomorrow, continued mostly sunny, high 55F or so, and light winds going calm by afternoon. Outlook is for ‘summer’ to end late Monday when the first in a string of weather disturbances moves in. For the week, the evidence is growing for mostly cloudy skies and varying chances of rain. Highs should be in the 50s and lows in the 40s, with southerly winds possibly strengthening by Thursday.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open but below freezing this morning with icy/frosty patches and areas of fog or freezing fog. Highway 101 temperatures are well above freezing through the Central Coast region. Valley destinations are frosty with patchy fog this morning. In the Cascades, highways have mostly bare pavement with icy spots. The freezing level is at 10,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is icy/frosty spots with areas of fog on the Coast Range highways, frosty mornings and foggy in the Valley, and icy spots in the Cascade passes.

Cascades Snow Pack... 49”, no change since yesterday.

Cascadia: A magnitude 3.8 earthquake occurred shortly before 6:00am yesterday morning, 25 miles northeast of Gold Beach. It was felt in Grants Pass and Myrtle Point.

Marine: Winds and seas have moderated this morning with an ESE breeze of 10 knots and seas about 7 feet. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Not much change is expected through today. Winds going NE tonight, 5-10 knots, seas 6 feet. Tomorrow and tomorrow night, light easterlies with an 8 foot swell. Outlook is for changes beginning Monday when the first in a series of weather systems arrives bringing SE winds 10-15 knots gusting 20, seas 9 feet. Monday night through Thursday, continued southerly breeze 15-20 knots gusting 25, seas building to 11-12 feet. NOTE: Oregon Sea Grant is hosting several meetings to discuss the recent significant changes to commercial fishing vessel safety requirements. Two of these free sessions will be held in our area, at Englund Marine in Newport, March 5th and April 10th, 10:00am to Noon both days.

On the Beach... Sunny, lighter winds, surf 7-8 feet.
Tides
01/25 Sat 01:39 PM 1.14 L
01/25 Sat 08:07 PM 5.87 H
01/26 Sun 12:48 AM 3.53 L
01/26 Sun 07:22 AM 9.07 H

In Short: Mostly sunny, fading east wind, then cloudy with rain.

Updated: 4:09 PM GMT on January 25, 2014

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Winter Wildfire

By: NewportOr, 3:45 PM GMT on January 24, 2014

Friday, Jan. 24th – Lincoln County

Summary: It blew like the dickens yesterday and produced a tale of two stories. (Sorry, Charlie.) If you were in a wind-sheltered area, the day began with frost, but by early afternoon a tee-shirt was sufficient clothing. If you were in the brunt of the east wind, morning windshield scraping wasn’t necessary, but a jacket was required garb throughout the day. The breeze made a big difference in how yesterday felt. Highs were mostly in the upper-50s, after morning lows around 40F. East winds were a steady 15-25 mph with a peak gust of 39 recorded at Yachats. It remained breezy and clear through the night. The wind was in a brief lull early this morning, cloudless skies prevailed with a Last Quarter Moon shining, and temperatures stayed relatively warm in the 40s.

Past 24 hours high/low...
Lincoln City: 56F/47F
Depoe Bay: 59F/39F
Newport: 55F/43F
Waldport: 63F/39F
Yachats: 61F/38F

Forecast: Windy, warm and dry. And it seems we all need to be cautious with fire during these current conditions. The Red Flag Warning is still up for the South Central Coast below Florence, but other coastal areas are exceptionally dry and windy, too. Dozens of firefighters are on the scene of a wildfire that broke out last night near Arch Cape, about four miles south of Cannon Beach. It’ll be sunny and warm along the Central Coast again today (see Weather Factoid below), and more of those east winds are predicted, 15-25 mph, with gusts over 30. High near 60F. Tonight’s low about 40F with an easing breeze. Tomorrow, we should see much lighter winds, mostly sunny skies and a high in the upper-50s. The last of the dominant sunshine for a while is forecast for Sunday with light winds and little temperature change. Outlook is for the sunny weather pattern to break down beginning Monday with mostly cloudy skies and increasing chances of rain in the forecast through mid-week at least. Highs in the 50s, lows in the 40s.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open but near freezing again this morning with icy/frosty patches. Highway 101 temperatures are well above freezing through the Central Coast region. Valley destinations are frosty and clear this morning. In the Cascades, highways have mostly bare pavement with icy spots. The freezing level is at 11,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is icy/frosty spots on the Coast Range highways nights and mornings, frosty and foggy in the Valley, and icy spots in the Cascade passes.

Cascades Snow Pack... 49”, a loss of 1” since yesterday.

Cascadia: A magnitude 3.8 earthquake occurred shortly before 6:00am this morning, 25 miles northeast of Gold Beach. It was lightly felt in that area.

Marine: The east winds are down a little this morning to 10-15 knots, and seas are at 9 feet. Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 24 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 26 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for seas remains in effect through this evening for wave heights up to 11 feet. Easterly winds are expected to stay in the 10-15 knot range until tomorrow when they turn SE and drop to 5-10 knots gusting 15; seas down to 7-8 feet. Light NE wind, 5-10 knots, by Sunday, seas 8 feet. Outlook is for a series of fronts to pass through local waters starting Monday and lasting most of the week. Not much wind associated with these systems, but seas building back to 10-12 feet.

On the Beach... Sunny, breezy, surf 10-11 feet.
Tides
01/24 Fri 12:31 PM 1.79 L
01/24 Fri 06:40 PM 5.69 H
01/24 Fri 11:38 PM 3.2 L
01/25 Sat 06:23 AM 8.73 H

In Short: Clear, breezy, then clouds/rain next week.

Weather Factoid: What occasionally causes the Oregon Coast to be much warmer than the rest of the state? Blame California. When temperatures heat up down there, they create what’s called a ‘thermal low pressure zone.’ This bulge of warmer air is often able to sneak north along the west side of the Coast Range and give our area a taste of California weather, even in Winter. Thermal lows are also responsible for the strong east winds, and those rare 80-90F days in Summer.

Updated: 7:20 PM GMT on January 24, 2014

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A Red Flag Day

By: NewportOr, 4:05 PM GMT on January 23, 2014

Thursday, Jan. 23rd – Lincoln County

Summary: Here’s something you rarely see in January. The South Central Coast (from Florence south) is under a Red Flag Warning for critical fire weather conditions. That simply reinforces the unique nature of our unseasonably dry and windy Winter. Yesterday was a ‘tweener with the last of the weak weather front clearing the area and a mix of sun and clouds filling the sky; highs were around 50F. It cleared off overnight, lows mostly in the upper-30s, but the east wind started ramping up shortly after midnight and we’ve already seen gusts to 25 mph this morning. Clear skies, an easterly breeze, and frosty windshields in wind-sheltered areas greeted Central Coast residents this morning.

Past 24 hours high/low...
Lincoln City: 52F/43F
Depoe Bay: 51F/36F
Newport: 50F/36F
Waldport: 51F/39F
Yachats: 50F/34F

Forecast: The marquee on a Newport oceanfront motel says, “Summer Weather, Winter Stormwatch Rates.” And there’s more sunny ‘summer’ weather on the way for the next two or three days. Highs should be in the mid-50s, and lows near 40F. But robust east winds, 15-20 mph gusting 30, will put a damper on the warmth. Jackets required tonight on your way to try-outs for roles in the play “Harvey” at Yachats Commons. The easterly breeze stays up overnight and well into Friday. Outlook is for a few clouds, patchy fog and less wind over the weekend, highs of 55F and lows of 40F. The signs of change are still somewhat blurred, but it does appear that early next week we’ll begin seeing a more normal January pattern with mostly cloudy skies and fluctuating chances of rain.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open but near freezing with icy/frosty areas and patchy fog. Highway 34 has a bad spot this morning near Alsea Mountain summit (Milepost 38) with water and ice on the roadway. Highway 101 temperatures remain mostly above freezing through the Central Coast region, but could be frosty over the headlands. Valley destinations are frosty this morning, but not foggy for a change, and they’ll be sunny, warmer and breezy today. In the Cascades, highways have mostly bare pavement with icy spots. The freezing level is at 9,000 feet rising to 11,000 feet by tonight.

Cascades Snow Pack... 50”, no change since yesterday. Over the past week there was a net loss of 2”.

Marine: Choppy on the ocean this morning with NE winds 15-20 knots, wind waves 3 feet riding on a 7 foot swell. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory has been posted for E to NE winds gusting to 25 knots through late tonight. And, a Small Craft Advisory for seas 11-12 feet goes into effect from late this afternoon through tomorrow evening. At least mariners will have sunny days and mostly clear nights into the weekend. But winds and seas aren’t expected to lay down much until Saturday when the breeze goes SE and lightens to 5-15 knots, and seas fall below 10 feet. Outlook is for easterlies 5-15 knots, seas 7-9 feet through Monday. A weakening weather system is predicted for Tuesday.

On the Beach... Sunny, breezy, surf 7-8 feet.
Tides
01/23 Thu 11:22 AM 2.27 L
01/23 Thu 05:13 PM 5.9 H
01/23 Thu 10:40 PM 2.69 L
01/24 Fri 05:29 AM 8.47 H

In Short: Clear and breezy, then a few clouds.

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Not Much Oomph

By: NewportOr, 4:07 PM GMT on January 22, 2014

Wednesday, Jan. 22nd – Lincoln County

Summary: There was enough oomph from the weak weather front that passed through to wet the ground, but just barely. The only measureable rainfall on the Central Coast was 0.01” at Lincoln City’s Roads End station. Highest rainfall along the Oregon Coast was 0.06" up at Astoria. Winds were 10-15 mph with a peak gust of 19 at Depoe Bay. High temperatures were near 50F. There were a few holes in the overcast allowing the sun to occasionally peek through the windows. It was cloudy overnight, lows in the mid-40s. This morning, the clouds have thinned with a hazy Moon visible at times.

Past 24 hours high/low/rain...
Lincoln City: 52F/42F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 49F/39F/No measurable
Newport: 50F/37F/No measurable
Waldport: 50F/38F/No measurable
Yachats: 48F/40F/No measurable

Forecast: After our brief pit stop, we should be back on the track by later today. Clouds and any lingering drizzle should dissipate through the day, becoming mostly sunny by this afternoon, high in the low-50s, light northeast wind. Tonight, for those attending the Buy Local Lincoln County meeting at Oregon Coast Community College in Newport, look for partly cloudy skies and northeast wind about 10 mph. Overnight low of 40F. Tomorrow, a familiar pattern returns with sunny skies and the east wind ramping up to 15 mph gusting 25, high temperatures in the mid-50s, low around 40F. Ditto Friday. Outlook is for continued clear, except for patchy fog, through the weekend with highs of 55F and lows of 40F. Next week, the chances are increasing for a major transformation to cloudy with rain at times.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open, with wet pavement and around 35F this morning so there may be icy/frosty patches; temperatures rising to 50F later today. There is patchy fog mainly east of the Coast Range passes. Highway 101 temperatures are above freezing through the Central Coast region. Valley destinations are in the mid-30s early today with areas of fog. In the Cascades, highways have wet pavement with icy and slushy spots. The freezing level is at 6,500 feet but rising to 8,000 feet by tonight.

Cascades Snow Pack... 50”, no loss or gain since yesterday.

Marine: The weather front is almost past us now and winds have backed from SW to E, under 10 knots, and seas are at 11 feet. Depoe Bay bar is restricted for all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 20 feet and less. The breeze is expected to go N today and rise to 15-20 knots gusting 25 by late afternoon with seas around 11-12 feet. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this evening. A Small Craft Advisory for winds begins this evening and runs through Thursday evening. Northeasters 15-20 knots gusting to 25 are forecast during this period, with seas 8-12 feet. Outlook is for E wind on Friday, down to 10-15 knots gusting 20; seas 10-12 feet but subsiding to 7-9 feet. A change begins over the weekend with light winds and lowering seas before a switch Monday to onshore flow and the possibility of several fronts pushing in during the week.

On the Beach... Becoming mostly sunny, light breeze, surf 10-11 feet.
Tides
01/22 Wed 10:19 AM 2.59 L
01/22 Wed 04:02 PM 6.37 H
01/22 Wed 09:55 PM 2.1 L
01/23 Thu 04:41 AM 8.27 H

In Short: Cloudy, becoming sunny, then clear with gusty east winds.

Updated: 4:14 PM GMT on January 22, 2014

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The Next Contender

By: NewportOr, 4:08 PM GMT on January 21, 2014

Tuesday, Jan. 21st – Lincoln County

Summary: For January, it just doesn’t get much better than yesterday. Sunshine prevailed and highs were near 60F; south county was the warmest. East winds were mostly light, around 10 mph, allowing maximum comfort. There were a few stronger puffs of wind recorded with a peak of 24 mph at Lincoln City. Lots of folks were on the beaches enjoying the holiday. Overnight the east wind faded and lows dropped under clear skies to about 40F. However, varying amounts of clouds from an approaching front arrived by daylight.

Past 24 hours high/low...
Lincoln City: 58F/44F
Depoe Bay: 58F/41F
Newport: 59F/37F
Waldport: 62F/38F
Yachats: 61F/41F

Forecast: Put up your dukes, our next challenger has arrived. Another weak contender for the title of Central Coast Weather Spoiler is expected to pass through later today into midday tomorrow. Odds aren’t great for this guy, though. Mostly cloudy with only a slight chance of light rain or drizzle tonight and Wednesday morning. Patchy fog is possible. High today, cooler, about 50F. Tonight’s low in the low-40s. Tomorrow, maybe a tad warmer in the low-50s. We should be back to normal (mostly clear) by Wednesday night. Outlook is for mainly sunny days and clear nights through the weekend with highs in the mid-50s and lows in the neighborhood of 40F. Current long term projections are hinting at an end to the run of atypical Spring-like weather early next week with cloudy conditions and occasional rain.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open but below freezing this morning with icy/frosty spots and areas of fog; temperatures rising to 50F later today. Some light rain or drizzle may wet the pavement tonight and tomorrow. There is dense fog mainly east of the Coast Range passes. Highway 101 temperatures are above freezing through the Central Coast region. Corvallis and most other Valley destinations have frost this morning and areas of fog, dense at times. Portland has patchy fog. In the Cascades, highways generally have bare pavement with icy spots. The freezing level is around 10,000 feet but dropping to near pass level tonight and tomorrow with a chance for light snow.

Cascades Snow Pack... 50”, a loss of 1” since yesterday.

Marine: Indicative of a minor frontal system’s approach this morning, winds have come around to the S, 10-15 knots; seas are about 11 feet. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect through tomorrow afternoon, with wave heights staying elevated at 9-11 feet. Depoe Bay bar is restricted for all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 26 feet and less. S wind 10-15 knots today, gusting 20 and then veering W tonight, 5-10 knots after midnight. Local waters should be back in a N to NE wind pattern tomorrow, rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25 by nightfall with seas dropping briefly to 6 feet. Outlook is for NE to E winds 15-20 knots gusting 25, and seas rebuilding to 10-12 feet by Thursday morning into Friday.

On the Beach... Increasing clouds, chance of drizzle, surf 9-10 feet.
Tides
01/21 Tue 09:23 AM 2.8 L
01/21 Tue 03:05 PM 6.94 H
01/21 Tue 09:17 PM 1.51 L
01/22 Wed 04:01 AM 8.12 H

In Short: Mostly cloudy, chance of drizzle, then clear again.

Updated: 4:19 PM GMT on January 21, 2014

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A Positive Split

By: NewportOr, 4:08 PM GMT on January 20, 2014

Monday, Jan. 20th – Lincoln County

Summary: About a 60/40 split yesterday as far as the sun to clouds ratio went (and the Seahawks versus the Niners). But with mostly calm conditions, highs of only about 50F didn’t feel so bad, especially since we were rebounding from a frosty morning. Some fog started developing late in the afternoon, and even thickened a little before the east wind returned late in the evening and whisked it away. Those winds built overnight to 10-15 mph with a peak gust of 31 at Newport. This morning it’s clear as a bell with a bright, waning gibbous Moon, it’s not frosty and east winds are down a pinch.

Past 24 hours high/low...
Lincoln City: 51F/40F
Depoe Bay: 50F/35F
Newport: 50F/34F
Waldport: 50F/36F
Yachats: 50F/35F

Forecast: Holiday visitors returning east to the Valley today will have a great story to tell. It’s about that magical land to the west where the sun always shines and you can see farther than a quarter mile. The Central Coast is in for another gorgeous day with sunny skies and a high of 60F or so. East winds are forecast to be around 10 mph, but you should expect higher gusts if you’re planning outdoor activities like hunting for glass objets d'art on the beach at Lincoln City today. Mostly clear tonight with a low of 40F. Outlook is for a brief break Tuesday and Wednesday as another weak weather disturbance takes a shot at us. Not too much predicted other than increasing clouds tomorrow and a slight chance of rain tomorrow night and Wednesday. Then it’s back to the same old, same old, with mostly clear skies the rest of the week. Highs in the 50s, lows around 40F, light to moderate east winds.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open but below freezing this morning with icy/frosty spots and areas of fog; temperatures rising to 50F later today. Highway 34 has been the worst for icy patches recently, so heads-up if you’re using that route. There is dense fog mainly east of the Coast Range passes. Highway 101 should be fine with coastal areas in the 40s. Valley destinations have frost this morning and areas of fog, dense at times, through tonight. In the Cascades, highways have mostly bare pavement with icy spots; the freezing level is around 9,000 feet. There’s a chance for snow showers in the Cascade passes from Tuesday night through Wednesday night.

Cascades Snow Pack... 51”, no change from yesterday. NOTE: This new feature will give you the daily snow pack at the main Mt. Hood SNOTEL site at 5,370 feet of elevation. We’ll also provide monthly reports and yearly comparisons.

Marine: It’s a trade-off this morning with falling seas and rising wind. The E wind is up to 15-20 knots offshore but seas are down to 8 feet. Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. The shorter seas will be short-lived as they’re expected to rise again later today. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas goes into effect this afternoon and runs through tomorrow afternoon; wave heights building to 12 feet tonight, subsiding to 9 feet tomorrow. Winds today out of the E 5-10 knots gusting 15 with higher gusts near shore, veering to SE tonight and tomorrow, 10-15 knots with gusts to 20. Outlook is for a weak front to pass through local waters Tuesday night causing the wind to go south, so to speak, for a while, but return to NE by Wednesday, 10-15 knots gusting 20. Seas through the extended period more Winter-like at 9-12 feet.

On the Beach... Mostly sunny, breezy at times, surf 8-12 feet.
Tides
01/20 Mon 08:35 AM 2.94 L
01/20 Mon 02:18 PM 7.5 H
01/20 Mon 08:43 PM 0.97 L
01/21 Tue 03:25 AM 8.0 H

In Short: Clear, occasionally breezy, then increasing clouds.

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The Sunshine Coast

By: NewportOr, 4:04 PM GMT on January 19, 2014

Sunday, Jan. 19th – Lincoln County

Summary: The Central Coast, or maybe we should start calling it The Sunshine Coast, apparently couldn’t stand an entire day without abundant blue sky. Despite the best it had to offer, a decaying weather front’s cloud cover lasted barely ten hours, from midnight through about 10:00am yesterday morning. It was cooler, however, with the mercury struggling to reach 50F, but light winds made it feel warmer in comparison to the recent 60F days with breezy conditions. There are a few clouds around this morning, some patchy fog and even frosty areas with temperatures around 35F.

Past 24 hours high/low...
Lincoln City: 51F/39F
Depoe Bay: 47F/36F
Newport: 48F/34F
Waldport: 48F/36F
Yachats: 47F/38F

Forecast: It seems we can’t do anything wrong. More sunshine, mixed with some clouds on and off, will dominate today’s weather. High around 50F this afternoon for the Lincoln County Historical Society’s fund-raising Crab Krack at the Best Western in Agate Beach. Light winds, the downside of which is an increase in patchy fog tonight. Low near 40F, maybe a touch colder. Sunny again tomorrow, high 55F. Outlook is for mostly clear skies, patchy fog, highs in the low-50s, lows in the low-40s, light winds. There is another weak weather disturbance arriving mid-week, but details at this point are sketchy.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open but below freezing this morning with icy/frosty spots and areas of fog; temperatures rising to 55F later today. Highway 34 has been the worst for icy patches recently, so be careful if you’re using that route. There are areas of dense fog mainly east of the Coast Range passes. Highway 101 has a few frosty places as temperatures are a little colder this morning. Valley destinations will have areas of fog, dense from Salem south including Corvallis, today and through the week ahead. In the Cascades, highways have mostly bare pavement but with icy spots; the freezing level is around 10,000 feet. Outlook for motorists on this Martin Luther King holiday weekend is occasional icy spots in the higher terrain and limited visibility in the foothills and valleys.

Marine: Seas have built overnight to nearly 11 feet this morning, and the wind is from the N at 10-15 knots. Depoe Bay bar is restricted for all recreational vessels, and for uninspected passenger vessels 36 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for seas is in effect through late tonight. Wave heights are expected to remain 10-12 feet through Monday night before falling briefly Tuesday to 9 feet. Not much breeze in the near term with NE winds 5-10 knots gusting 15. Outlook is for the wind to switch to southerly Monday night through Wednesday, 10-15 knots with gusts to 20, and seas staying 9-11 feet.

On the Beach.... Mostly sunny, light wind, surf 12 feet. Looks like plenty of ocean swell to generate 30 footers over the reef for today’s Winter 2014 Nelscott Reef Unvitational Open surfing competition at Lincoln City.
Tides
01/19 Sun 01:38 PM 7.99 H
01/19 Sun 08:11 PM 0.51 L
01/20 Mon 02:52 AM 7.9 H
01/20 Mon 08:35 AM 2.94 L

In Short: Mostly sunny, light wind, continued dry.

Updated: 4:07 PM GMT on January 19, 2014

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Oregon's Warmest Place

By: NewportOr, 4:02 PM GMT on January 18, 2014

Saturday, Jan. 18th – Lincoln County

Summary: The clinkin’ and flappin’ abruptly ceased mid-afternoon yesterday as the east wind died out and clouds were visible off to the west, heralding the arrival of a small weather disturbance. The early part of yesterday was status quo - sunny and fairly breezy. Highs were flat along the Central Coast with all of the reporting stations showing 63F. Lows, in the low-40s, didn’t vary much, either; everywhere was within a couple of degrees. East winds were 10-20 mph with a peak gust of 35 at Lincoln City. The ideal measure of clouds moved in for gorgeous sunset photos last evening, before the overcast became complete overnight and into this morning.

Past 24 hours high/low...
Lincoln City: 63F/41F
Depoe Bay: 63F/40F
Newport: 63F/41F
Waldport: 63F/42F
Yachats: 63F/42F

Forecast: An ad in Valley newspapers should read, “Tired of the fog and frost? Come to the warmest place in Oregon, The Central Coast!” Even with mostly cloudy skies today, we’re still expecting a high in the mid-50s. For those joining Surfrider Foundation’s Styrofoam Cleanup on South Beach this morning, light winds will make the job easier. Mostly cloudy skies continue tonight, low in the low-40s, calm wind. More sunbreaks are on tap for tomorrow; at least partly sunny skies are forecast, with a high of 55F. Outlook for Monday is mostly sunny and highs returning to 60F or better. In fact, the rest of the week should be mostly sunny, though a smidge cooler from Tuesday onward, highs mid-50s, lows around 40F.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open but below freezing this morning with icy spots and areas of fog; temperatures about 50F later today and near freezing again tonight. An ODOT Ice Warning is in effect today for Highway 34 west of Alsea. There are areas of dense fog mainly east of the Coast Range passes. Valley destinations will have areas of fog, sometimes dense, today and through the weekend. In the Cascades, highways have mostly bare pavement but with icy spots; the freezing level is around 10,000 feet. Outlook for motorists on this Martin Luther King holiday weekend is occasional icy spots in the higher terrain and limited visibility in the valleys.

Marine: The breeze has shifted to the S this morning, though light at 4-6 knots, and seas are at 6 feet. The change in wind direction is associated with the arrival of a decaying front. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Though winds are expected to remain light today, S 5-10 knots gusting 15, the big story is rising seas which should be up to 8 feet later today, 10 feet tonight, and peak at 11-12 feet tomorrow. A Small Craft Advisory has been issued for hazardous seas from this evening through late Sunday night. With the passage of the front, winds will return N to NE tonight and tomorrow, 5-10 knots. Outlook is for seas of 8-9 feet through mid-week and building again Thursday and Friday. Winds light, 5-10 knots and variable in direction, during the extended period.

On the Beach.... Mostly cloudy, light wind, surf 8-9 feet. Bigger surf, up to 12 feet, is expected tomorrow for the Winter 2014 Nelscott Reef Unvitational Open surfing competition at Lincoln City.
Tides
01/18 Sat 01:00 PM 8.39 H
01/18 Sat 07:41 PM 0.15 L
01/19 Sun 02:21 AM 7.8 H
01/19 Sun 07:52 AM 3.05 L

In Short: Mostly cloudy, light wind, then more sunshine.

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The Garden Spot

By: NewportOr, 4:06 PM GMT on January 17, 2014

Friday, Jan. 17th – Lincoln County

Summary: The southern end of the Central Coast was the garden spot yesterday. Waldport had the highest temperature (63F) and Yachats the least wind (10 mph). The area’s peak wind gust was recorded at the Newport airport, 35 mph, with Lincoln City not far behind at 33. A chilly morning blossomed into another pleasant, relatively warm, day with nary a cloud to be seen. But varying amounts of gusty east winds kept local residents bundled-up in sweatshirts and light jackets. Another stunning moonrise was the lead-in to a clear night and temperatures dropping to the upper-30s and low-40s this morning.

Past 24 hours high/low...
Lincoln City: 60F/41F
Depoe Bay: 57F/36F
Newport: 61F/41F
Waldport: 63F/39F
Yachats: 61F/41F

Forecast: Wind chimes will be a-clinkin’ and flags a-flappin’ as the east winds are forecast to continue today, 15-20 mph with gusts to 30 or more. The high temperature should once again be near 60F. Tonight, on your way to “Things My Mother Taught Me” at Theatre West in Lincoln City, you’ll need a jacket as temps drop after sunset into the 40s. Tomorrow, a slight change as we see a few clouds move in and the winds lighten as they turn southeast, high about 55F, and a low in the low-40s. Outlook is for mostly cloudy tomorrow night, partly sunny on Sunday, light winds. Back to mostly sunny for the week ahead with highs in the mid-50s and lows in the low-40s. It now looks like the small weather disturbance arriving this weekend is not strong enough to break down the high pressure which is responsible for our dry weather, though we’ll probably see more cloudiness.

Travel: In light of many recent traffic crashes on our mountain highways, it is worth repeating that even with low temperature forecasts of 35-40F and the freezing level at 10,000 feet or higher, Coast Range and Cascade highways can have icy/frosty spots just about any time during the Winter months. Nights and mornings are usually the worst, but shaded areas can hold frost and ice for much of the day.

That said, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open but below freezing this morning with icy spots and ground fog; temperatures rising to the mid-50s later today. There are areas of dense fog mainly east of the Coast Range passes. Valley destinations will have areas of fog, sometimes dense, today and tonight. In the Cascades, highways have mostly bare pavement but with a few icy spots; the freezing level is at 12,000 feet. Outlook for travelers on this Martin Luther King holiday weekend is basically the same as above for all areas of Western Oregon with no serious travel issues. But, as pointed out, always be prepared for slick spots.

Marine: Seas are at 5 feet this morning, E winds at 15 knots with higher gusts near shore. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Not much to worry about in the near term with winds staying 10-15 knots though slowly veering to SE, then S and to SW by tomorrow afternoon. Seas are on a slow rise; 6 feet later today, 7 feet tonight and 9 feet tomorrow. Outlook is for seas to top out at about 12 feet on Sunday and then slowly subside early in the week. Light winds, 10 knots or less, going to the N on Sunday and back to E during the first part of next week.

On the Beach.... Mostly sunny, breezy, surf 5-6 feet. Bigger surf, up to 12 feet, is expected by Sunday for the Winter 2014 Nelscott Reef Unvitational Open surfing competition at Lincoln City.
Tides
01/17 Fri 12:24 PM 8.69 H
01/17 Fri 07:10 PM -0.09 L
01/18 Sat 01:50 AM 7.68 H
01/18 Sat 07:12 AM 3.16 L

In Short: Mostly sunny, breezy, then a few clouds.

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The Other Direction

By: NewportOr, 4:06 PM GMT on January 16, 2014

Thursday, Jan. 16th – Lincoln County

Summary: The Full Wolf Moon was nearly bright enough to read by through the night, but your book pages would have been flapping in the gusty east wind. During yesterday’s sunshine and highs around 60F, those east winds were blowing about 15 mph, with a peak gust of 28 mph at Lincoln City, which also recorded the lowest high temperature along the Central Coast on Wednesday. This morning, skies remained clear with temps hovering around the 40F mark but the breeze made it feel much cooler.

Past 24 hours high/low...
Lincoln City: 54F/42F
Depoe Bay: 55F/38F
Newport: 58F/38F
Waldport: 59F/39F
Yachats: 58F/43F

Forecast: A visitor asked recently, “Does the wind blow like this all the time?” The answer was simple. “No. In the summer it comes from the other direction.” We rarely get a break. In Summer when it’s clear, the northwest wind blows most of the day. On cloudless Winter days, we have to deal with east wind. But, who’s complaining? As most Central Coast residents would agree, “At least it’s not raining.” (And, unlike the Willamette Valley, we're not currently fogged-in most of the day.) So the forecast is for sunny and breezy today, easterlies 10-15 mph gusting 20 or higher, though we could also see dips in wind speed from time to time. High should be up around 60F. Clear tonight, low of 40F. More sun tomorrow and possibly a bit warmer, high in the low 60s, but still breezy. Outlook is for a minor change on Saturday to partly cloudy and cooler, high in the low-50s, low about 43F. Additional cloud-cover on Sunday and a very slight chance of light rain Sunday night before we’re back to mostly sunny for the Martin Luther King Day holiday.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open and just above freezing this morning with temperatures rising to the mid-50s today. Expect patchy fog and areas of dense fog, mainly east of the Coast Range passes. Valley destinations will have areas of fog, sometimes dense, all week. In the Cascades, mostly bare pavement through the passes; the freezing level is at 12,000 feet.

Marine: Fairly benign conditions on the ocean this morning with seas down to 6 feet and ENE winds 5-10 knots, with a few stronger gusts near shore. Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 16 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. For today, tonight and tomorrow, E wind 5-10 knots gusting 20 occasionally, seas 5 feet. Outlook is for a switch to S winds 10-15 knots Friday night and Saturday, with seas 7 feet building to 9-10 feet. Sunday and Monday, winds from the SE 10 knots, seas 11-12 feet with a few 14 footers in the series.

On the Beach... Sunny, breezy, surf 5 feet.
Tides
01/16 Thu 11:49 AM 8.88 H
01/16 Thu 06:40 PM -0.22 L
01/17 Fri 01:20 AM 7.56 H
01/17 Fri 06:34 AM 3.29 L

In Short: Mostly clear, relatively warm and breezy.

Updated: 4:24 PM GMT on January 16, 2014

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Copy and Paste

By: NewportOr, 4:04 PM GMT on January 15, 2014

Wednesday, Jan. 15th – Lincoln County

Summary: If the mostly blue sky and relatively warm air didn’t tip you off, maybe the sound of a lawnmower in your neighborhood or a motorcycle rumbling by brought home the unseasonably pleasant weather yesterday. Following a chilly but not cold morning in the low-40s, the sun was shining and only a few gusts of east wind, peak of 24 mph at Newport, ruffled our feathers. For the most part it was indeed a spring-like day. Temperatures were near 60F; Waldport actually topped out there to claim the warmest spot on the Central Coast. Partly cloudy skies prevailed overnight and into this morning with a little stronger east wind.

Past 24 hours high/low...
Lincoln City: 58F/42F
Depoe Bay: 58F/40F
Newport: 59F/37F
Waldport: 60F/39F
Yachats: 58F/42F

Forecast: Outside of a tad more east wind today, the forecast is a copy and paste from yesterday; mostly sunny, high near 60F. Tonight, right-click and drop in mostly clear with a low about 40F for the Full Wolf Moon (see Weather Factoid below). Sunny skies and a little warmer for tomorrow, maybe 62F or so but east winds gusting to 20 mph. Outlook is for continued mostly clear and even warmer by Friday when we may hit 65F. Nighttime lows in the low-40s. Moderate gusty east winds all week. We’re still eyeing a minor weather disturbance over the coming weekend with increasing clouds and a slight chance of rain.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open and at 35F or so this morning with temperatures rising to the mid-50s today. Expect areas of fog (mainly east of the Coast Range passes) and frosty spots nights and mornings through Friday. Valley destinations will have areas of fog, sometimes dense, with frosty streets overnight and into the morning hours all week. In the Cascades, mostly bare pavement, a few icy spots at night, the freezing level is at 10,000 feet.

Cascadia: A magnitude 2.5 earthquake occurred on the sea floor 114 miles west of Cannon Beach around 7:30pm last night. It was apparently not felt on shore.

Marine: The NNE breeze is up a notch this morning, 15 knots gusting 20, but seas are down to 9 feet. Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 30 feet and less, and for uninspected passenger vessels 24 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Today through Friday, mostly clear skies, easterly winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 with slowly subsiding seas, 7 feet tonight, and down to 5 feet by tomorrow. Outlook is for winds veering to the S over the weekend, 10-15 knots, and seas building to 10-12 feet. Seas may reach into the low teens by early next week as a larger swell train arrives from the west.

On the Beach... Mostly sunny, light but gusty wind, surf 7-8 feet.
Tides
01/15 Wed 11:13 AM 8.97 H
01/15 Wed 06:08 PM -0.25 L
01/16 Thu 12:49 AM 7.4 H
01/16 Thu 05:56 AM 3.43 L

In Short: Mostly clear, moderate east wind, warmer.

Weather Factoid: Tonight, the ‘Mini-Moon of 2014’ –- the smallest the moon will appear when full for the entire year –- occurs at 8:53pm. It’s called the Full Wolf Moon because January is the time of year with the harshest weather and least food availability, making hungry wolves howl.

Updated: 4:20 PM GMT on January 15, 2014

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Field of Dreams

By: NewportOr, 4:05 PM GMT on January 14, 2014

Tuesday, Jan. 14th – Lincoln County

Summary: With everyone coming out of their storm lairs yesterday, emergency responders were busy with domestic disturbances, traffic violations, fires and half-naked people yelling in the street. It apparently doesn’t take much sunshine to amplify dubious activity. By lunchtime, morning clouds, lows around 40F and minor drizzle gave way to filtered sun, the first honest to goodness shadows we’ve seen for a while, light winds and a high in the low-50s. About 2:00pm, the wispy clouds had dissipated substantially and mostly sunny skies prevailed until just before dark when a smattering of low and thin clouds developed in time to prevent a solar overdose. Most of the clouds evaporated overnight and this morning before sunrise, a bright, nearly-full moon lit up the ocean off to the west.

Past 24 hours high/low/rain...
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 54F/44F/0.01”
Newport: 52F/38F/0/01”
Yachats/Waldport: 52F/42F/0.00”

Forecast: Patchy fog early, then lotsa sunshine, highs in the upper 50s and light to moderate east winds today. And, though it might be jumping the gun to be thinking about baseball already, the weather will remain nice enough to dream about it anyway, with Kevin Costner at the Newport Library’s literary flicks presentation this evening of “Field of Dreams.” Overnight, light wind, patchy fog, partly cloudy skies and a low in the low-40s. For tomorrow, sunny after morning patchy fog with a high close to 60F. Outlook is for sunny and warmer through Friday. Highs 60F or better, lows in the 40s, and light east winds. A small weather disturbance is on the radar for the weekend with a chance of rain.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open, but near freezing this morning. Temperatures are rising to the mid-50s today. Patchy fog and frosty spots overnight all week. Once you reach the east side of the Coast Range passes, expect dense fog; also frost overnight and into the morning hours. In the Valley, morning frosty streets and dense fog with visibilities reduced to less than a quarter mile (Corvallis is currently totally socked-in). Cascade highway passes may have spots of ice at night, but otherwise clear. The freezing level is at 10,000 feet.

Marine: A Small Craft Advisory is in effect for Central Coast waters through this afternoon for seas 10-12 feet. This morning they are right at 12 feet, and winds are out of the NE about 10 knots. Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 26 feet and less. Seas should be down to 9 feet later today and to 8 feet tomorrow. Northerly winds 10-15 knots. Outlook is for E to NE wind 10-15 knots, seas 7-8 feet. A minor system is predicted for Saturday and Sunday with winds coming around to the S 10-15 knots and seas building back to 12 feet.

On the Beach... Mostly sunny, light wind, surf 10 feet.
Tides
01/14 Tue 10:35 AM 8.99 H
01/14 Tue 05:35 PM -0.18 L
01/15 Wed 12:18 AM 7.22 H
01/15 Wed 05:18 AM 3.57 L

In Short: Mostly clear, patchy fog, unseasonably warm.

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Settling Down

By: NewportOr, 4:13 PM GMT on January 13, 2014

Monday, Jan. 13th – Lincoln County

Summary: Though it was overcast all day with showers, mainly in the morning hours, a settling-down pattern was definitely in the air yesterday. Following the week of intense storm systems, we got most of Sunday off. Before noon, winds were still southwest 15-25 mph, with a peak gust of 36 at Lincoln City. By afternoon, the trees were barely rustling. Temperatures stayed in the upper-40s to low-50s, and rainfall was less than half an inch, the bulk of which fell early in the day. There was some drizzle from evening through the overnight period into this morning, but no wind to speak of.

Past 24 hours high/low/rain...
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 53F/48F/0.45”
Newport: 50F/46F/0.40”
Yachats/Waldport: 50F/47F/0.32”

Forecast: The first half of today we’ll be clearing out the leftovers, and should have a fresh weather meal on the table by this afternoon. The sun is working in the kitchen and will be serving it up by this afternoon. On the menu, a high in the mid-50s and mostly sunny skies. Tonight, patchy fog developing, low about 40F, light winds. Tomorrow, mostly sunny and a high close to 60F with east winds under 10 mph. Outlook is for dry, partly cloudy days, highs near 60F, nights with patchy fog, lows in the low-40s, and light winds through Friday. There’s a chance of rain returning over the weekend, but it is not associated with any serious weather systems.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open and well above freezing today with wet pavement and foggy spots. Corvallis, Portland and other locations in the Willamette Valley are expected to clear today, but will have areas of fog and nighttime temps around freezing through Friday. In the Cascades, the freezing level has risen above the highway passes and is forecast to stay that way all week.

Marine: Significant improvement today on local waters with winds from the W at 5-8 knots and seas down to about 10 feet. However, a Small Craft Advisory remains in effect through late tonight for seas up to 12 feet. Depoe Bay bar remains closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 20 feet and less. Winds should be fairly light today, 5-10 knots, slowly veering to N and then NE by Tuesday, and seas falling below 10 feet by tomorrow night. Outlook is for easterlies 10-15 knots gusting 20, seas 6-8 feet. A chance for a little stronger wind and slightly elevated seas exists for Friday night through Sunday.

On the Beach... Fog, partly sunny, light winds, surf 10-12 feet. A few larger ‘sneaker’ waves are still in the mix today, so be careful if you’re near the surf especially during this morning’s high tide.
Tides
01/13 Mon 09:55 AM 8.96 H
01/13 Mon 05:00 PM -0.03 L
01/13 Mon 11:43 PM 7.01 H
01/14 Tue 04:37 AM 3.7 L

In Short: Clearing, patchy fog, warmer, light winds.

Weather Factoid: Wind speed versus the power it generates is exponential. If you double the wind speed, you increase the energy it generates by a factor of eight. So, a 50 mph wind is actually eight times more powerful, and considerably more damaging, than a 25 mph wind.

Updated: 4:28 PM GMT on January 13, 2014

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The Final Round

By: NewportOr, 4:07 PM GMT on January 12, 2014

Sunday, Jan. 12th – Lincoln County

Summary: Surf’s up, and we’re riding the last wave of weather related troubles today with a High Surf Warning continuing through this morning at 10:00am. Storm seas offshore reached 30 feet last night and the inshore surf is still quite high, around 23 feet early today. For the most part, not a lot of rain on Saturday, below half an inch, but the wind was right up there again gusting to 50 mph or higher. Temperatures stayed in the upper-40s to low-50s. The wind is down to a measly 20-25 mph this morning, but the rain has increased and become steady.

Peak Wind Gusts Yesterday (in miles per hour):
Lincoln City - 55
Depoe Bay - 59
Newport - 51
Waldport – 46
Yachats - 39

Past 24 hours high/low/rain...
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 51F/48F/0.27”
Newport: 50F/46F/0.19”
Yachats/Waldport: 51F/46F/0.29”

Forecast: It is the final round of a week-long fight and it doesn’t look like a knockout. Rain is expected to taper off to showers by this afternoon, maybe a few holes in the clouds, and winds subsiding to 15-20 mph gusting 30. Showers should be ending overnight into tomorrow morning, but still a little breezy with gusts to 25 mph. Monday is forecast to be at least partly sunny with a high of 50F. Outlook is for dry and warmer weather through Friday with ample sunshine, high temperatures flirting with 60F and light east winds. Nighttime lows in the mid-30s with patchy fog. Next chance of rain is Friday night into Saturday.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open and well above freezing today with wet pavement. Breezy and rainy, but no serious problems are foreseen for travel to and from the Central Oregon Coast. Some wind gusts may hit 40-45 mph in the higher terrain early today. There is water on Highway 34 at Alsea Mountain Summit again today, but it is passable. A tree was down on Highway 229 this morning about 6 miles from its intersection with Highway 101. One tree fell last night on Highway 20 about 5 miles west of Philomath, but it didn’t block the travel lanes completely and was quickly cleared. Valley destinations will be rainy and breezy today. In the Cascades, a Winter Storm Warning remains in effect through 4:00pm this afternoon for another 6-12 inches of snow and west winds 20-30 mph gusting to 50. Snow and blowing snow with visibilities near zero will make mountain travel very difficult through the day.

Marine: The commercial crab fleet, and others, may be able to get back on the ocean safely as early as tomorrow afternoon. After peaking around 30 feet last night, seas are down in the low-20s this morning and the SW winds have subsided from gusts of 40 knots to 20-25 knots. Depoe Bay bar is under a Captain of the Port closure for all vessels, and Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. There is a Small Craft Advisory for SW winds through this afternoon, 20-25 knots gusting 30. A Small Craft Advisory for seas remains up until tomorrow afternoon when they subside to about 12 feet. By tomorrow night, winds should be around 5-10 knots, still southerly, seas 11 feet. Outlook is for high pressure to build, the wind veering to NE 10-15 knots and seas below 10 feet for the remainder of the week. Next chance of a blow is Friday night or Saturday.

On the Beach... Rain, breezy, surf subsiding to 20 feet. The beaches will remain hazardous through most of today. Dangerous surf may move large debris items like logs up onto beaches. Avoid walking on jetties, rocks, coastal cliffs, driftwood logs and anywhere along the water’s edge. Waves may rise unexpectedly and sweep you into the turbulent and frigid water.
Tides
01/12 Sun 09:12 AM 8.91 H
01/12 Sun 04:21 PM 0.2 L
01/12 Sun 11:04 PM 6.75 H
01/13 Mon 03:52 AM 3.77 L

In Short: Rain, breezy, showers, clearing and warmer.

Updated: 4:17 PM GMT on January 12, 2014

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Dark and Stormy Night

By: NewportOr, 3:56 PM GMT on January 11, 2014

Saturday, Jan. 11th – Lincoln County

Summary: Maybe this sounds like the opening line of a bad novel, but, it was a dark and stormy night. After yesterday’s calm and cloudy morning, the predicted storm rolled in by late afternoon, though it didn’t arrive with a big bang. The wind rose slowly into the evening and peaked in the early morning hours today. Wind speeds were very near forecast levels building to near 60 mph overnight. Rain wasn’t terribly impressive with generally about half an inch recorded. This morning, the wind is down to southwest 25 mph gusting 35; it is overcast and a few raindrops are falling. Temperatures ranged from the upper-40s to low-50s.

Peak Wind Gusts Overnight (in miles per hour):
Lincoln City - 53
Depoe Bay - 54
Newport - 58
Waldport – 56
Yachats 50*
* One unmanned weather station at Yachats recorded a gust of 70 mph, but not sure of the accuracy because it is such an outlier. Elsewhere along the coast, Astoria airport reported a few gusts in excess of 60 mph, with the highest being 64. The NOAA weather station at Garibaldi reported 73 mph and an ODOT wind sensor on the Astoria-Megler Bridge had a peak gust of 79 mph. The big winner is the BPA site on Naselle Ridge in Pacific County, Washington, with a gust of 93 mph. But this site is highly elevated at 2,000 feet and exposed.

Past 24 hours high/low/rain...
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 53F/48F/0.61”
Newport: 52F/46F/0.58”
Yachats/Waldport: 52F/47F/0.61”

Forecast: We’re not out of the woods yet. Another blast of wind and rain is scheduled for today following a brief lull this morning. And, we can add possible thunderstorms into the mix. Last night’s storm was produced by a warm front coming through; today it’s the same system’s cold front which will create slightly cooler temperatures and unstable air. The heaviest rain of this current stretch may come today, especially in any thunderstorms. We could see an inch or better, along with west-southwest winds rebuilding to 35-40 mph gusting 60. Tonight, showers and a continuing chance of thunderstorms, but west winds down to 20-25 mph gusting 40. Tomorrow, the actual low pressure system associated with the current storm comes ashore to produce steady rain turning to showers with southwest winds 15-20 mph gusting 30.

The High Wind Warning remains in effect through 10:00pm tonight for west to southwest winds 25-40mph gusting to 60. The strongest today are expected between 1:00pm and 7:00pm.

A High Surf Warning goes into effect at 4:00pm this afternoon and remains in place through tomorrow morning at 10:00am. Storm seas offshore could reach 30 feet and the inshore surf will be immense, causing wave run-up clear to the sea cliffs. The beaches will be exceptionally dangerous all weekend. Other possible impacts include minor flooding and beach/cliff erosion as the highest surf arrives during tonight’s high tide.

Outlook is for a drying trend beginning Monday with a few showers and sunbreaks, and then partly to mostly cloudy skies, but no rain, the rest of the week. Temperatures staying in the 40s and 50s.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 to and from the Central Coast are open and will be well above freezing through the weekend with wet pavement. However, high winds, gusting up to 60 mph, will continue through tonight. Limbs and/or trees in the roadway are certainly not out of the question. Heavier rainfall today may cause ponding on the pavement. ODOT says there is already standing water on Highway 34 near Alsea Mountain Summit. On Highway 101, coastal flooding could bring water over low-lying roadways tonight (like the usual spots in Seaside and Tillamook). And, because of the high winds, those in high profile vehicles such as RVs should avoid travel along the coast today through tomorrow morning. In the Cascades, a Winter Storm Warning is up for heavy snow and blizzard conditions today through tomorrow morning. Up to 2 feet of snow is possible on highway passes with winds 20-30 mph gusting to 70 in exposed locations.

Marine: A real commotion on the ocean... SSW winds are 25-30 knots this morning and seas around 17 feet. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. The Storm Warning for local waters has been downgraded to a Gale Warning. SW wind 35 knots gusting 40 this morning, then veering to W 30 knots this afternoon. Seas building to 24 feet today, and up to 30 feet by tonight. Winds easing to 15-20 knots gusting 25 after midnight, seas holding at 30 feet. Tomorrow, SW wind 20-25 knots, seas subsiding to 18 feet by afternoon. Outlook is for SW winds down to 10-15 knots by Monday, and coming around to the NE 5-10 knots by Tuesday with seas about 10 feet.

On the Beach... Rain, thunderstorms, high winds, surf building to 30 feet. (See High Surf Warning in the Forecast section above.) Storm watchers can anticipate high winds and huge surf this weekend. But plan on viewing this storm from a safe distance; the beaches themselves will be extremely hazardous. Dangerous surf may move large debris items like logs up onto beaches. Avoid walking on jetties, rocks, coastal cliffs, driftwood logs and anywhere along the water’s edge. Waves may rise unexpectedly and sweep you into the turbulent and frigid water.
Tides
01/11 Sat 08:24 AM 8.87 H
01/11 Sat 03:35 PM 0.52 L
01/11 Sat 10:16 PM 6.44 H
01/12 Sun 03:00 AM 3.75 L

In Short: Stormy, showers, then slow drying.

Updated: 4:05 PM GMT on January 11, 2014

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The Big One

By: NewportOr, 4:03 PM GMT on January 10, 2014

Friday, Jan. 10th – Lincoln County

Summary: Thursday’s dress rehearsal went pretty well, as Central Coast residents prepared for the really big weather event ahead. The third storm in as many days to batter the coast yesterday arrived as advertised. It was indeed more powerful than the two previous systems this week. Southwest winds were generally around 30 knots with a peak gust of 44 recorded on the Yaquina Bay Bridge. Rainfall amounts were near predictions at a half inch or less. Temperature variations were slight, remaining in the upper-40s to low-50s. This morning, it’s the classic case of the calm before the storm with very little wind, overcast, some fog and temps in the 40s.

Past 24 hours high/low/rain...
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 52F/48F/0.48”
Newport: 49F/46F/0.33”
Yachats/Waldport: 49F/45F/0.46”

Forecast: Let’s lay it on the line. The approaching storm is a really big one, the most powerful so far this Winter. The National Weather Service has upgraded to a High Wind Warning, which is in effect from 4:00pm this afternoon through 10:00pm tomorrow night. The strongest winds are expected between midnight tonight and 6:00am Saturday. Projections show steady southwest winds of 30-40 knots gusting 65 knots or higher along beaches and headlands, and up to 50 knots or higher in our Central Coast communities. A direction change to west wind, and a slight easing of speeds, is shown for tomorrow morning, but the breeze is forecast to rebuild and peak again Saturday afternoon and evening. Possible impacts include significant tree damage and power outages. In addition, rainfall of up to 2 inches or so with this storm may cause some minor flooding, and landslides are always a possibility with the soaked ground.

A High Surf Warning has also been posted for the period from 4:00pm Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning at 10:00am. Storm seas offshore could reach 30 feet and the inshore surf will be immense, causing wave run-up clear to the sea cliffs. The beaches will be exceptionally dangerous all weekend. Other possible impacts include minor flooding and beach/cliff erosion as the highest surf arrives during Saturday night’s high tide.

Outlook is for rain turning to showers and much lighter winds by late Sunday. There’s even a good chance for some sunshine Monday through mid-week. Temperatures in the 40s to low-50s are expected throughout the extended period, and no significant wind events after Sunday.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 will be above 40F today with wet pavement. But the situation changes rapidly this evening with very high winds, up to 50 knots, in the forecast. There’s always a good chance of limbs or entire trees being blown into the roadway. And, rainfall may cause ponding on the pavement. In fact, that’s already the case this morning on Highway 34 at Alsea Mountain Summit. On Highway 101, coastal flooding may also cause water to move over low lying roadways. And, because of the high winds, those in high profile vehicles such as RVs should avoid travel along the coast tonight through Saturday afternoon. In the Cascades, highway passes are passable this morning, but by tonight a Winter Storm Watch kicks in for heavy snow and blizzard conditions. That’s predicted to last through Saturday night, maybe into Sunday morning. It will not be a good time to try crossing the Cascades.

Marine: Batten down the hatches and head for port. While this morning is rough enough, SSW wind 10-15 knots and seas at 14 feet, rapidly deteriorating conditions are predicted for later today. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels today. A Storm Warning is in effect from this afternoon through tomorrow morning. SW winds increasing to 25-30 knots gusting 45, seas 15 feet. By tonight S winds rise to 35-40 knots gusting 50, seas build to 17 feet. Tomorrow and tomorrow night, SW winds remaining 30-35 knots gusting 45-50, seas to 30 feet. Outlook is for abating southerlies, down to 20-25 knots on Sunday, seas falling to 19 feet, and down to 16 feet Sunday night. Monday the SW breeze should be dropping below advisory levels, seas 16 feet. And by Tuesday, light E wind, seas 11 feet.

On the Beach... Rain, high winds, surf building to 20-30 feet. (See High Surf Warning in the Forecast section above.) Storm watchers can anticipate high winds and huge surf this weekend. But plan on viewing this storm from a safe distance; the beaches themselves will be extremely hazardous. Dangerous surf may move large debris items like logs up onto beaches. Avoid walking on jetties, rocks, coastal cliffs, driftwood logs and anywhere along the water’s edge. Waves may rise unexpectedly and sweep you into the turbulent and frigid water.
Tides
01/10 Fri 02:42 PM 0.91 L
01/10 Fri 09:14 PM 6.14 H
01/11 Sat 02:00 AM 3.56 L
01/11 Sat 08:24 AM 8.87 H

In Short: Stormy.

Updated: 4:14 PM GMT on January 10, 2014

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A Rerun

By: NewportOr, 4:06 PM GMT on January 09, 2014

Thursday, Jan. 9th – Lincoln County

Summary: And yesterday’s storm was probably not even the biggest we’ll see this week, just the latest in a series of increasingly stronger fronts to wallop the Central Coast. Wednesday’s weather system packed southwest winds of 25-35 knots with a peak of 42 at the Yaquina Bay Bridge. Rainfall amounts of about half an inch were recorded. Temps ranged generally from 45-50F. The steady rain and wind backed off overnight with some showers this morning and south winds around 10 knots.

Past 24 hours high/low/rain...
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 53F/48F/0.51”
Newport: 50F/43F/0.45”
Yachats/Waldport: 50F/44F/0.47”

Forecast: It’s a rerun. Today’s forecast is almost identical to yesterday’s. Showers turning to occasional rain and winds back up from the southwest 10-15 knots gusting 30 or better. More rain tonight with southwest winds a little higher. Rainfall the next 24 hours about half an inch. Tomorrow, the chances of rain are down to 50-50, but it’ll still be breezy. Outlook is for the most powerful of this series of storms to blast in tomorrow night. The southerly wind is expected to build to 40 knots gusting 60 in the evening. Heavy rain, too, with an inch or more predicted. With the passage of the cold front Saturday morning, showers and possible thunderstorms are on tap. Winds easing by afternoon. Showers remain likely Sunday before we head into a drier period early next week.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are above 40F today with wet pavement. Standing water is reported at Alsea Mountain Summit on Highway 34 this morning. Corvallis, Portland and other Valley destinations are all relatively warm and wet. Travel over the Cascades is going to be tough the next few days. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect. Cascade highway passes have packed snow; chains or traction tires are required over Santiam Pass on Highway 20. Outlook is for 2-4 inches of snow today and again tomorrow, then up to 2 feet of snow and very windy with whiteout conditions Saturday night through Sunday.

Marine: As anticipated, seas are rising and are currently just over 10 feet; the SW wind has abated from yesterday’s blow and is down to 12-15 knots. Depoe Bay bar is restricted for all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels; Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 21 feet and less. As the next front approaches today, Small Craft Advisories have been hoisted for hazardous seas through tomorrow afternoon and for winds from this morning through late tonight. SW winds are expected to ramp-up to 20-25 knots gusting 30-35 this afternoon, seas 10-12 feet. SW winds easing after midnight to 10-15 knots. Outlook is for a major storm to shoulder its way into local waters beginning tomorrow afternoon bringing southerlies 20-25 knots gusting 35, seas up to 15 feet. Friday night and Saturday is the big stuff with winds approaching storm force, 35-45 knots gusting 55, seas building to 20 feet. By Saturday night, mariners could face seas of 30 feet or higher with slowly diminishing winds. Seas and winds are forecast to finally start abating by Sunday into Monday.

On the Beach... Rainy, windy, surf 10-12 feet. Storm watchers can anticipate high winds and huge surf – possibly 30 feet – this weekend. Plan on viewing this storm from a safe elevation; the beaches themselves will be quite dangerous.
Tides
01/09 Thu 01:40 PM 1.34 L
01/09 Thu 07:55 PM 5.97 H
01/10 Fri 12:56 AM 3.14 L
01/10 Fri 07:32 AM 8.85 H

In Short: Rain, windy, then heavy rain and high winds.

Updated: 4:10 PM GMT on January 09, 2014

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The Conveyer Belt

By: NewportOr, 4:02 PM GMT on January 08, 2014

Wednesday, Jan. 8th – Lincoln County

Summary: Who turned the knob from color to black-and-white? The thick gray overcast has certainly put a serious damper on our bright Winter colors. It stayed gray all day yesterday with about an equal amount of rainy and dry periods, but no sunshine. Highs in the low-50s and lows in the mid-40s were the rule. Winds came from the southwest at 20 knots; peak gusts at Depoe Bay and Newport hit 25. Moderate breeze, foggy and light rain this morning.

Past 24 hours high/low/rain...
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 53F/48F/0.72”
Newport: 50F/45F/0.54”
Yachats/Waldport: 51F/46F/0.38”

Forecast: We’ve gone zonal. It’s called a ‘zonal flow,’ but you might think of it as the storm track, or maybe even a conveyer belt. Whatever the nomenclature, it simply means that the North Pacific Ocean’s winter storms are in queue, aimed right at us and bearing down. You'll need a rain jacket on your way to the Safe Routes to School meeting tonight in Newport as the next system comes ashore this morning and more rain is expected through this evening, maybe another half inch or so. Southerly winds pick up this afternoon to 15-20 knots gusting 30. Basically that same forecast -- wind and rain -- holds through Friday. Temperatures are expected to remain in the 40s to low-50s throughout the extended period. There could be short pauses between the fronts, but they won’t last long. Outlook includes a Special Weather Statement for this weekend. Very strong southwest winds, possibly 50-60 knots, and as much as 3-5 inches of rain are now being predicted for Friday night and Saturday. Sunday into Monday, showers, sunbreaks and much lighter winds.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are near 40F today with wet pavement; the same for Corvallis, Portland and other Valley destinations. The big story is developing in the Cascades. Trips to Eastern Oregon may be extremely hazardous over the next few days. Outlook for the Cascade highway passes is for 6-10 inches of snow tonight, another 2-4 inches tomorrow and Friday, then up to 2 feet of snow and very windy with whiteout conditions Saturday night through Sunday.

Marine: In local waters early today it is foggy, S wind 10-15 knots, seas 6 feet. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are currently unrestricted. But this morning’s fairly light conditions are going to be short-lived. Small Craft Advisories are now up for winds rising to SW 20-25 knots gusting 30 or higher by this afternoon along with hazardous seas, actually steep wind waves, to 9 feet. The SW wind stays up tonight, 20-25 knots gusting 30, seas building to 12 feet. For tomorrow and Friday, expect a slight easing of the SW breeze to 10-15 knots gusting 20, seas 12-13 feet. Outlook is for a real barnburner Friday night into Saturday, with storm force wind gusts out of the SW 40-50 knots and seas over 20 feet, possibly rising to 30. By Sunday, the SW wind should fall to about 15-20 knots, but lingering storm seas will still be up around 20 feet.

On the Beach... Rain, windy, surf 4-5 feet. Storm watchers can anticipate high winds and huge surf this weekend. Plan viewing this storm from a safe elevation; the beaches themselves may be quite dangerous.
Tides
01/08 Wed 12:29 PM 1.72 L
01/08 Wed 06:28 PM 6.14 H
01/08 Wed 11:54 PM 2.5 L
01/09 Thu 06:38 AM 8.87 H

In Short: Rain, windy, then heavy rain and high winds.

Updated: 4:21 PM GMT on January 08, 2014

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Got Galoshes?

By: NewportOr, 3:59 PM GMT on January 07, 2014

Tuesday, Jan. 7th – Lincoln County

Summary: Welcome to the new normal. The last of the mostly clear skies and visible sunrises for a while kicked-off yesterday’s weather. But it didn’t take long before the cloud cover filled in and the first raindrops hit the ground by mid-afternoon. Temps topped out in the mid-50s after a low-40s morning. There wasn’t much rain with this first weather front of the series and winds weren’t especially strong, just 10-15 knots with a peak gust of 19 at Yachats.

Past 24 hours high/low/rain...
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 54F/43F/0.13”
Newport: 54F/42F/0.04”
Yachats/Waldport: 53F/43F/0.07”

Forecast: Dust off your raincoat and galoshes, ‘cause you’re gonna need ‘em. Progressively stronger storm systems are headed this way for the next several days. Today, a weather front just offshore should be moving over the Central Coast by midday bringing additional rainfall, maybe a quarter inch, and blustery southwest winds, 20 knots gusting 30. Rain is likely tonight, with slightly diminished winds. Tomorrow, an even more belligerent storm arrives packing southerly winds that could reach 35-40 knots and rainfall around half an inch. Outlook is for one front after another to blast through our area; Wednesday night may be the most powerful of the lot. More rain but less wind on Thursday, followed by another potent storm Friday into Saturday. Sunday and early next week we should be down to showers and occasional sunbreaks. Temperatures through the entire extended period are expected to remain in the 40s, and rainfall totals may be the highest since last September.

Travel: The coast is clear. Highways 18, 20 and 34 are well above freezing over the Coast Range today with wet pavement. Valley locations have warmed up as well and are expecting rain. Cascade highways are a different story. Snow flurries and spots of ice are being reported this morning, and the snow level will be near pass level through at least Thursday night. Several inches of snow are possible tomorrow night.

Marine: Nothing serious on the ocean this morning, S winds 10-15 knots and seas at 4 feet. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are currently unrestricted. But the breeze is expected to build as the day goes on, and a Small Craft Advisory is in effect through this evening for S winds 20-25 knots, seas 5 feet or so. A short break tonight, SW winds 10-15 knots gusting 20, seas 5 feet. Another, more powerful storm system is predicted for tomorrow, winds rising to SW 25-30 knots gusting 35, seas building to 7 feet. Outlook is for diminishing winds, 10-15 knots gusting 20, on Thursday but seas growing to 14 feet. Over the weekend, southerlies back up to 20-25 knots gusting 30, and seas generally 10-14 feet but may reach the high teens or low 20s on Saturday.

On the Beach... Rain, breezy, surf 3-4 feet.
Tides
01/07 Tue 11:15 AM 2.0 L
01/07 Tue 05:04 PM 6.71 H
01/07 Tue 10:57 PM 1.67 L
01/08 Wed 05:45 AM 8.9 H

In Short: Cloudy, rain, then more rain and very windy.

Updated: 4:02 PM GMT on January 07, 2014

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Big Changes

By: NewportOr, 3:56 PM GMT on January 06, 2014

Monday, Jan. 6th – Lincoln County

Summary: Is your co-workers’ hair pointing west this morning? Blame it on the strong east winds yesterday, fairly consistent and up near 15 knots all day with a peak gust of 29 knots recorded at the Yaquina Bay Bridge. Abundant sunshine and high temperatures around 60F, quite unusual for this time of year, followed frostless morning lows in the low-40s. Mostly clear skies prevailed throughout the entire day, and a gorgeous sunset last evening attracted more than a few camera lenses.

Past 24 hours high/low...
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 61F/42F
Newport: 57F/42F
Yachats/Waldport: 59F/42F

Forecast: Pluviophiles (rain lovers) are grinnin’ ear-to-ear this morning as they anticipate a week, at least, of overcast skies and lots of precipitation. The east wind is slowly subsiding and a vanguard of clouds from the first weather system to arrive this week is already moving in. Expect the overcast to thicken through the day, high about 50F, and the first light rain or sprinkles to develop by late afternoon or early evening. Low tonight, 40F. Occasional rain tomorrow and tomorrow night, with amounts up to half an inch. Southwest winds 8-10 knots gusting 15. Outlook is for rain and wind to increase Wednesday and Thursday. The rain may be heavy at times, and the southwest wind gusting to near 25 knots. There could be a brief break on Friday followed by more storms over the weekend. High and low temperatures in the 40s throughout the period.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 passes are currently right at freezing and may have icy/foggy patches until mid-morning when it warms up. Corvallis, Portland and other Valley locations are just below freezing this morning with icy spots, but are expected to warm through today with rain by tonight. Cascade highway passes are clear now, but occasional snow showers beginning later today will remain possible through the entire week.

Marine: Near shore this morning, winds are still from the E at 10-15 knots, but offshore at Stonewall Bank, the breeze has already switched to the S 10-15 knots, seas are 3 feet. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. The change in wind direction is the leading edge of a weak front on its way in. Not a lot of oomph with this system, winds staying southerly 10-15 knots and seas about 3 feet through tonight. Tomorrow, S winds 10-15 knots gusting 20, seas up to 4 feet. Basically the same for Tuesday night. Outlook is for a steady SW flow with storm systems arriving every 24 hours or so. The strongest are expected on Wednesday night and Thursday when gale force winds are possible. Seas building through the week to the teens by Friday and into the weekend.

On the Beach... Cloudy, a little wind, light rain late, surf 3-5 feet.
Tides
01/06 Mon 10:05 AM 2.18 L
01/06 Mon 03:52 PM 7.57 H
01/06 Mon 10:06 PM 0.76 L
01/07 Tue 04:52 AM 8.93 H

In Short: Cloudy, sprinkles, rain and wind.

Updated: 4:12 PM GMT on January 06, 2014

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An Iffy Day

By: NewportOr, 4:00 PM GMT on January 05, 2014

Sunday, Jan. 5th – Lincoln County

Summary: It was an iffy day... if you were outside after noon; if you were directly in the sun; and if you were out of the wind, Saturday was pretty nice. Lots of sunshine and a high about 50F rebounding from a frosty morning, but it felt plenty chilly in the breeze. East winds were around 15 knots with a peak of 26 knots at the Yaquina Bay Bridge. It’s still windy this morning, clear and well above freezing.

Past 24 hours high/low...
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 53F/34F
Newport: 50F/32F
Yachats/Waldport: 52F/32F

Forecast: Rewind the tape of yesterday’s weather, and you have the forecast for today. Except it might be a smidge warmer, high near 55F, and somewhat windier, with more cool easterly gusts approaching 20-plus knots. So, the indoor Lincoln City Farmers Market might be a nice place to duck in for a while today. Mostly clear tonight with a low of 35F. All bets are off tomorrow as we head into a changing weather regime and increasing clouds with chances of rain building through the day, high in the upper-40s, low about 40F. Rain is likely by tomorrow night, say, a tenth of an inch or so. Outlook is for wet all week with weather systems moving in about every 24 hours, growing in intensity each day. Wednesday and Thursday we could see a more powerful storm arrive bringing fairly strong southwest winds and lots of rain. The pattern of cloudy and wet looks like it’ll continue through next weekend.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 passes have patches of ice this morning but will be warming as the day progresses. There’s a slight chance of snow flurries tomorrow afternoon and night. On Valley highways, icy areas, fog and freezing fog, especially in the mornings, with a chance for snow flurries tomorrow night. Portland will also be quite windy through tomorrow. Cascade highway passes will be clear today but the freezing level is expected to be down to 3,000 feet by tomorrow. Some light snow is forecast at pass elevations tomorrow afternoon through Tuesday morning.

Marine: E winds 15 to 20 knots with higher gusts near shore this morning, but with the breeze opposing the seas, they’re only about 4 feet. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for wind has been issued for steady easterlies 15-20 with gusts to 25 through this evening, seas 3-4 feet. The wind is forecast to ease and come around to the SE overnight into tomorrow, down to 5-15 knots, seas holding about 4 feet. Outlook is for a weak front to approach local waters late tomorrow, and by Tuesday winds will be from the S 10-15 knots gusting 20, seas 4-5 feet. Crabbers will probably want to drop and pull their pots early in the week. Increasing SW winds of 15-25 knots are expected Wednesday, maybe even hitting gale force by Thursday, with seas growing to as high as 20 feet by late in the week.

On the Beach... Sunny, windy, cool, surf 3 feet.
Tides
01/05 Sun 08:59 AM 2.3 L
01/05 Sun 02:50 PM 8.52 H
01/05 Sun 09:18 PM -0.15 L
01/06 Mon 04:02 AM 8.93 H

In Short: Sunny, windy, increasing clouds, then rain.

Updated: 4:04 PM GMT on January 05, 2014

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The Return of Jack

By: NewportOr, 4:03 PM GMT on January 04, 2014

Saturday, Jan. 4th – Lincoln County

Summary: Jack is back, busy with his paintbrush laying down a coating of frosty white over the Central Coast this morning capping the past 24 hours of mostly clear skies. Overnight lows right at freezing followed a sunny day with highs about 50F yesterday. East winds picked up bit, steady at times 12-15 knots, with peak gusts near 20. It went calm early today, which, along with the dropping temperature, allowed a return to an honest to goodness January morning.

Past 24 hours high/low...
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 50F/33F
Newport: 49F/32F
Yachats/Waldport: 49F/31F

Forecast: The automatic defroster kicks in with mostly sunny skies today as temperatures rise quickly above freezing and toward 50F. But increasing northeast wind will make the Resolution Run & Polar Bear Plunge at Rogue Brewery in Newport a chilly event today. Clear again tonight, low near freezing. Tomorrow is forecast to be the nicest we’ll probably see for quite a while; the high could hit 55F. The low, 35F. Outlook is for a major change beginning on Monday with increasing clouds and a chance of rain by nightfall. Through the entire week ahead, mostly cloudy with weather systems moving in almost daily, and more rain. The most intense storm currently predicted is for Thursday when we could see lots of rain and strong winds. Temperatures in the 40s during the period.

Travel: Local roads and streets will have frosty patches through mid-morning, especially in shaded areas. A Special Weather Statement is in effect for Highways 18, 20 and 34 passes and the communities of Grand Ronde, Burnt Woods and Tidewater today for slick pavement with freezing fog, ice and frost. The situation should improve through the day with rising temperatures. Portland, Corvallis and other Willamette Valley destinations are expected to have freezing fog in the mornings through early Monday. Cascade highway passes have areas of icy spots this morning, but the freezing level rises to 7,500 feet by tonight and 10,000 feet tomorrow.

Marine: Offshore winds out of the ENE are 10-15 knots this morning and seas are running about 7 feet. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. The easterly breeze is forecast to increase today with gusts to 20 knots, seas remaining around 7 feet. A Small Craft Advisory has been issued for E winds 20 knots or above from this evening through tomorrow afternoon, seas, though, subsiding to 3-5 feet. Outlook is for the wind to switch to southerly by Monday and stay in that quadrant through mid-week at 5-15 knots gusting 20; seas remaining 5 feet or less. There’s a chance for SW gales with a storm system about Thursday, and some projections now show seas growing to 20 feet or higher with late-week storms.

On the Beach... Sunny, brisk east wind, surf 3-5 feet. Skimpy beaches this afternoon with the high tide.
Tides
01/04 Sat 07:59 AM 2.41 L
01/04 Sat 01:53 PM 9.4 H
01/04 Sat 08:32 PM -0.94 L
01/05 Sun 03:14 AM 8.88 H

In Short: Clear, windy, increasing clouds, then rain.

Updated: 4:12 PM GMT on January 04, 2014

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Drop in the Bucket

By: NewportOr, 4:04 PM GMT on January 03, 2014

Friday, Jan. 3rd – Lincoln County

Summary: Just enough rain to keep the dust down, as if that’s ever a serious problem on the Central Coast. The weather front arrived about on schedule last evening and produced rainfall amounts near predictions. Lincoln City got the most, Yachats the least. But it’s just a drop in the bucket for our normal January precipitation of 10.24”. Yesterday was indeed relatively warm with highs in the mid-50s and lows in the 40s. Peak winds were from the south at around 20 knots. A few showers tailed off behind the cold front overnight and by this morning, skies were clear as a bell. Winds have returned to easterly.

Past 24 hours high/low/rain...
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 56F/45F/0.23”
Newport: 54F/41F/0.19”
Yachats/Waldport: 55F/42F/0.10”

Forecast: We’re back in the saddle again after a brief stop along the Sunshine Trail. Mostly sunny is the forecast for today with a high about 50F. Clear and colder tonight if you’re headed to the opening of “Joseph” at the Newport Performing Arts Center; low near freezing. East winds may be picking up over the next couple of days making it feel chillier than the mercury indicates. Tomorrow, more sunshine, a high in the low-50s, and a low in the mid-30s. Ditto Sunday. Outlook is for a change beginning Monday with increasing clouds and the possibility of light rain. It now looks like this pattern will grab hold for the remainder of the week with mostly cloudy skies, varying chances of rain, fairly light winds and temperatures in the 40s.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 passes are just above freezing early today and warming to 45F by this afternoon. Icy spots are possible tonight with a low of 30F, and then warming through the weekend, possibly to 60F by Sunday. Valley destinations will have some sunshine, but be foggy at times with frosty nights through Sunday. In the Cascades, the freezing level is at 3,000 feet with a chance for more snow showers in the passes through midday. Santiam Pass and Government Camp both have a light covering of snow and ice this morning. Outlook is for cold with icy spots tonight and then slowly warming through the weekend.

Marine: Yesterday’s southerly winds quickly switched to northerly after the passage of the cold front last night around midnight. This morning the breeze is from the N at 15-20 knots, seas 9 feet. There’s a Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas north of Cascade Head. Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 30 feet and less, and for uninspected passenger vessels 22 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. For the next 36 hours, expect NNE winds to be up around 20 knots, gusting 25, seas 7-9 feet. By Saturday night, the situation lightens with the wind down to 10-15 knots and seas subsiding to 4-5 feet. Outlook is for the weather to begin returning from the south on Sunday and for much of the week ahead with a series of fronts passing through. But no barnburners -- winds generally 10-15 knots, seas 5-7 feet, though possibly building to 10 feet late in the week.

On the Beach... Mostly sunny, light wind, surf 6-7 feet. Almost a 12-foot King Tide swing today, so be aware of rapidly changing water levels.
Tides
01/03 Fri 01:00 PM 10.08 H
01/03 Fri 07:46 PM -1.53 L
01/04 Sat 02:27 AM 8.75 H
01/04 Sat 07:59 AM 2.41 L

In Short: Sunny days, chilly clear nights, then rain.

Updated: 4:36 PM GMT on January 03, 2014

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A Bump in the Road

By: NewportOr, 4:07 PM GMT on January 02, 2014

Thursday, Jan. 2nd – Lincoln County

Summary: A new moon and clearing skies provided a three-planet morning for those observers up before sunrise today. Jupiter in the west, Mars in the south and Saturn in the east, along with a few streaks from the Quadrantid Meteor Shower, turned a pitch-black sky into a light show. That came on the heels of a mostly cloudy first day of the New Year with highs in the mid-50s and lows in the low 40s. East winds generally about 10 knots, though higher gusts were recorded at mid-morning; the strongest was 20 knots at the Yaquina Bay Bridge. The early morning light show was rudely interrupted at daybreak by the first wave of clouds from an approaching weather front.

Past 24 hours high/low...
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 53F/44F
Newport: 54F/41F
Yachats/Waldport: 54F/40F

Forecast: A little bump in the road for Central Coast residents who’ve been enjoying dry and warm weather this holiday season. If this is your day to take down the outside Christmas lights, you can expect to get the job done without getting wet until late this afternoon. Increasing clouds with sunbreaks, becoming overcast and rain is likely by dark; high in the low-50s today, southwest wind about 10 knots. It’s already raining north of the Columbia River and the precipitation is headed this way. Rain tonight with up to a quarter inch expected, low of 42F, southwest winds increasing to 10-15 knots gusting to 20. By tomorrow we’re down to a chance of showers early and a mix of sun and clouds the rest of the day. High in the upper-40s. Outlook is for cooler nights with lows down to freezing but mostly sunny days through the weekend, highs in the 50s. Light winds. Beginning Monday it looks like we’ll begin settling into a more typical Winter pattern with chances of rain and considerable cloudiness through the week.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 passes are just above freezing this morning and should be fine for travel today and tonight with temperatures rising into the 50s, low about 40F. Icy spots and lows around 30F are forecast tomorrow night and Saturday night. Valley locations have areas of fog this morning and rain forecast for tonight. Cascade highway passes have a chance of rain later today with the freezing level at 7,000 feet, but that starts dropping tonight into tomorrow down to 3,000 feet or lower. Expect icy spots and a chance for snow showers on the pavement tomorrow afternoon through Saturday night in the Cascades.

Marine: Almost flat on the ocean this morning with ESE winds less than 10 knots and seas a paltry 3-4 feet. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. The current scenario will be changing later today into tonight as we see a front come in bringing stronger winds and higher seas. Winds veer to SW this afternoon and rise to 10-15 knots gusting 20, and seas build to 7 feet by tonight. There’s a Small Craft Advisory for winds in effect from Cascade Head north. Tomorrow, a quick change to northerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20, seas up to 8 feet. Outlook is for NE winds 20-25 knots on Saturday, seas 6 feet. Weather returns from the south Sunday and Monday with the slow approach of another system bringing winds of 10-15 knots, seas 5 feet. Then, on and off fronts moving through our local waters the rest of next week.

On the Beach... Mostly cloudy, light breeze, surf 3-4 feet. Use extreme caution around today’s King Tide, both high and low, where water levels will be changing rapidly. Do not venture out onto jetties, offshore rocks, pocket beaches, rocky outcrops or sandspits where you can easily be swept away. This can be a very dangerous situation. If you’d like to help photographically record the King Tide, go here http://www.coastalatlas.net/kingtides/ for more information.
Tides
01/02 Thu 12:08 PM 10.48 H
01/02 Thu 07:01 PM -1.86 L
01/03 Fri 01:41 AM 8.55 H
01/03 Fri 07:02 AM 2.57 L

In Short: Increasing clouds, a little wind, rain, back to sunny.

Updated: 4:13 PM GMT on January 02, 2014

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Happy New Year!

By: NewportOr, 4:08 PM GMT on January 01, 2014

Wednesday, Jan. 1st – Lincoln County

Summary: Happy New Year! First, a look at the dry December we had on the Central Coast. Normal precipitation for the month here is 11.36”; this year, only 3.05” during December. There were considerably fewer cloudy days as well. But who can forget the 4 inches of snow and deep freeze weather in the first week of the month! Yesterday was more in line with our recent pattern with the sun eventually burning through the clouds, and clearing skies overnight. There were a few light showers; however they were produced by fireworks and streamers, and there was a dusting of confetti on the ground. Tuesday’s highs topped out about 50F with lows near 40F. The Yachats weather station recorded 0.01” of precipitation in the early morning hours, elsewhere the Central Coast was dry. Light winds from the east peaked at 10 knots. It was mostly clear at daybreak today with a few foggy spots in the area.

Past 24 hours high/low...
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 52F/43F
Newport: 49F/41F
Yachats/Waldport: 48F/40F

Forecast: Although it should be a good omen that we’re starting off the brand new year dry, the situation is about to change. Today’s forecast includes a mix of sun and clouds with a high in the low 50s, east winds 10-15 knots early becoming calm, patchy fog. Tonight the clouds are predicted to thicken, low about 40F, and calm. Tomorrow an approaching weather front, stronger that we’ve seen for a while, will begin working its way in bringing increasing clouds and a chance of rain by afternoon, high of 50F or so. It now looks like the bulk of the precipitation with this system will fall tomorrow night; up to a quarter of an inch of rain is predicted. Doesn’t look like much wind with this system, maybe 10-15 knots from the southwest. Outlook is for rain turning to showers on Friday, mostly sunny, cooler and dry again for the weekend with patchy fog, and rain possible by Tuesday.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 passes are just at freezing this morning with patchy fog, but should be ice-free shortly with a high of 45-50F today. Portland and Corvallis are foggy today, but above freezing and should remain that way until colder temperatures return Friday night. Cascade passes are clear today with the freezing level at 9,000 feet. Holiday travelers, however, face Cascade highway pass snow showers Thursday night through Friday night, with the freezing level plummeting to 3,000 feet.

Marine: Fairly quiet on the ocean this morning with winds from the ENE at 10 knots, seas down to 6 feet, and those conditions are expected to continue through this New Years Day. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A change begins tonight when the wind veers to southerly, but light, seas 4-5 feet. Tomorrow W wind begins increasing to 10-15 knots, seas building to 9 feet, with a chance of rain by evening. Outlook is for stronger winds out of the N Friday and Friday night, 10-15 knots gusting 20, possibly 25 knots, seas 8 feet. A diminishing NE breeze is forecast for the weekend with seas subsiding slowly to 5 feet by Sunday. NOTE: A temporary yellow research lighted buoy has been deployed in local waters at position 44-38-14.640N, 124-18-12.660W. The buoy is yellow, marked with a flashing yellow four-second light (FL Y 4) and a radar reflector.

On the Beach... Partly to mostly cloudy, light wind, surf 5-6 feet. Use extreme caution around this week’s King Tides, both highs and lows, where water levels will be changing rapidly. Do not venture out onto jetties, offshore rocks, pocket beaches, rocky outcrops or sandspits where you can easily be swept away. This can be a very dangerous situation. If you’d like to help photographically record the King Tides through tomorrow, go here http://www.coastalatlas.net/kingtides/ for more information.
Tides
01/01 Wed 11:18 AM 10.59 H
01/01 Wed 06:15 PM -1.9 L
01/02 Thu 12:56 AM 8.26 H
01/02 Thu 06:08 AM 2.77 L

In Short: Partly to mostly cloudy, rain, back to sunny.

Updated: 4:19 PM GMT on January 01, 2014

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