Central Oregon Coast Weather

Out Like A Damp Lamb

By: NewportOr, 3:06 PM GMT on March 31, 2014

Monday, Mar. 31st – Lincoln County

Summary: Yesterday panned out quite nicely for visitors and locals enjoying the last day of Spring Break. After scattered showers in the morning, it was mostly sunny the rest of the day. Highs were in the low-50s, though it was a smidge breezy at times. Winds were southwest during midday at 15-20 mph with a peak gust of 29 at Yachats. The breeze fell to a light easterly at sunset. Clear skies and light winds prevailed overnight with the thermometer dipping close to 40F. Clouds from an approaching front arrived about 6:00am and by daybreak a few raindrops were falling.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 54F/46F/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 51F/42F/0.01”
Newport: 52F/41F/0.02”
Waldport: 54F/43F/0.00”
Yachats: 50F/41F/0.02”

Forecast: True to the adage, March roared in like a lion with very stormy weather. But it looks like it’ll go out like a lamb, though a wet one. Rain is forecast today, but unlike the beginning of the month, there isn’t much wind associated with this weather system. High today around 50F. More light rain tonight, low of 45F. For tomorrow, a chance of rain in the morning and then we start drying out; skies are expected to be mostly to partly cloudy with highs in the low-50s. Outlook is for a mix of sun and clouds on Wednesday and a little warmer with temps hitting 55F or better. There’s a 50-50 chance of rain Thursday, a shower or two on Friday, followed by another wet system for the weekend.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with dry pavement, about 40F and rain expected today. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is dry with no delays. Valley destinations have bare pavement and rain in the forecast. In the Cascades, highways are currently below freezing with spots of ice; carry chains or traction tires. The freezing level is 3,000 feet. There’s a chance of snow in the passes today and tonight.

TRAVEL NOTE: Remove your studded tires today; they’ll be illegal beginning tomorrow, April 1st. Given the current weather forecast, ODOT does not plan to extend the Oregon studded tire season.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 137”, a loss of 1” since yesterday, or 80% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo - Open Sat/Sun only
Willamette Pass - Closed
Mt Bachelor 3/127/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 2/135/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 4/41/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 4/114/Machine Groomed

Marine: It’s lumpy this morning with winds are out of the SSE at 20-25 knots and square seas, 8 feet at 8 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. SE winds are forecast to continue today at 15-20 knots with some higher gusts, wave heights 7-8 feet and 4 foot wind waves, rain. Tonight, a southerly breeze of 5-10 knots gusting 15 is expected with seas around 7 feet. Tomorrow, finally, a light day with S winds 5-10 knots, seas hovering around 7 feet. Outlook is for light westerlies on Wednesday with a 4 foot swell. Winds back to S again Thursday and Friday, 10-20 knots, and seas building to 8 feet. For the weekend, SW winds 15-20 knots with wave heights of 10-13 feet possible.

On the Beach... Rain, light breeze, surf 7-8 feet (moderate).
LIGHTHOUSE: The Bureau of Land Management at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area has closed the historic Yaquina Head Lighthouse to the public from today through Saturday, April 5th, for annual maintenance. The lighthouse will re-open on Sunday, April 6th.
WHALES: Whale Watch Week was a rousing success despite sloppy weather. A total of 11,507 people experienced 1,226 whale sightings over the seven days.
Tides
03/30 Sun 12:51 PM 8.38 H
03/30 Sun 06:48 PM 0.35 L
03/31 Mon 01:03 AM 9.10 H
03/31 Mon 07:23 AM -0.51 L

In Short: Rain, light wind, then showers and drying.

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Rumble in the Jumble

By: NewportOr, 3:08 PM GMT on March 30, 2014

Sunday, Mar. 30th – Lincoln County

Summary: A rumble of thunder started our daylight hours yesterday along with a few soaking showers. Rainfall amounts were between a quarter and half an inch, Lincoln City received the most. Southwest winds were persistent at 20-35 mph with a peak gust of 46 mph recorded at Depoe Bay. Most of the dirtiest weather was in the morning and by afternoon there was abundant sunshine; the mercury climbed to around 55F. Overnight, the wind died and there was another shower just after midnight. This morning, broken overcast and calm winds opened the day, with lows in the low-40s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust...
Lincoln City: 55F/48F/0.54”/31mph
Depoe Bay: 53F/45F/0.29”/46mph
Newport: 54F/43F/0.34”/38mph
Waldport: 55F/45F/0.20”/36mph
Yachats: 54F/47F/0.19”/43mph

Forecast: If you don’t like the weather, don’t worry, it’ll change. Today looks like another one of those that will be a jumble of conditions - scattered showers, some decent shots of sunshine, calm to breezy, and a high in the low-50s. So, if you’re headed to the Oregon Coast Sportsman’s Expo at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, bring your full quota of clothing. Tonight, a chance of showers morphs into a chance of steady rain, low about 45F. You start the workweek tomorrow with rain, light southeast winds and a high of 50F. Outlook is for a 50-50 chance of showers on Tuesday, Wednesday may be dry, and Thursday we’re back to rain likely. More rain on Friday and through the weekend.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with mostly wet pavement, possible spots of ice, showers and about 35F. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is wet with no delays. Valley destinations have bare pavement and scattered showers in the forecast today. In the Cascades, highways are currently near freezing with snow flurries and packed snow; carry chains or traction tires. The snow level is 3,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for alternating wet and dry pavement on the Central Coast, in the Coast Range and in the Valley. Cascade highway passes could receive up to two more inches of snow through tonight.

TRAVEL NOTE: Today would be a good time to remove your studded tires; they’ll be illegal after tomorrow, March 31st. Given the current weather forecasts, ODOT does not plan to extend the Oregon studded tire season.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 138”, a gain of 6” since yesterday, or 78% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 5/70/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 6/32/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 8/128/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 5/136/Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 2/39/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 6/110/Machine Groomed

Marine: The breeze has settled down considerably overnight. This morning it’s out of the W at 10-15 knots, but seas remain elevated, about 13 feet. So, don’t get your fishing gear out just yet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Small Craft Advisory for seas is in effect through tomorrow afternoon. For today, W winds of 10-15 knots will back to the S and come up to 15-20 knots gusting 25 by this afternoon, while wave heights subside to about 10 feet. Tonight, SSE winds 15-20 knots, seas dropping to 8 feet. Tomorrow, an E to SE breeze 10-15 knots with gusts to 20; seas remaining around 8 feet or so. Outlook is for relatively light conditions Tuesday through Thursday. S winds 10-20 knots with seas lowering to 5 feet. The next blow appears headed for local waters on Friday or Saturday.

On the Beach... Showers, sunbreaks, light wind, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
03/30 Sun 12:51 PM 8.38 H
03/30 Sun 06:48 PM 0.35 L
03/31 Mon 01:03 AM 9.10 H
03/31 Mon 07:23 AM -0.51 L

In Short: Scattered showers, light winds, then unsettled.

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The Webfoot State

By: NewportOr, 3:14 PM GMT on March 28, 2014

Friday, Mar. 28th – Lincoln County

Summary: Like a pair of fraternal twins, yesterday and Wednesday were quite similar, though not identical. Thursday’s winds were lighter, but rainfall was higher. Both days featured a mix of sun, clouds and showers, and a high about 55F. By noon yesterday, showers were at a minimum and the wind faded slightly. That situation lasted into early evening. Heavier rain began about 10:00pm last night and continued overnight. There was steady rain at daybreak, and the southwest breeze was up to 25-30 mph with higher gusts. Low temperatures were around 50F.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust...
Lincoln City: 55F/50F/0.97”/42mph
Depoe Bay: 51F/47F/0.74”/31mph
Newport: 54F/46F/0.72”/35mph
Waldport: 54F/48F/0.47”/34mph
Yachats: 53F/48F/0.56”/46mph

Forecast: Until 1909, Oregon was called The Webfoot State. We may want to revive that moniker for the next few days as ducks, beavers, pluviophiles and everyone else will need webbed feet to get around.

The National Weather Service this morning updated its Special Weather Statement. Heavy rains already underway are bringing rapid river rises and increased landslide potential. Low pressure centered off Vancouver Island will funnel moderate amounts of subtropical moisture across the Central Coast today.

Expect periods of moderate to heavy rain. Best estimates of total rainfall through this evening are for 2 to 5 inches along the Central Coast and in the Coast Range. Expect moderate to sharp rises for small streams and rivers today through tomorrow. General flooding is not expected at this time. Some minor landslides are already being reported around the region under saturated soil conditions. Additional landslides are certainly not out of the question, especially for the Central Coast and Coast Range.

South winds will peak this morning at 15-30 mph with gusts of 40-50 mph. The strongest winds will be on exposed headlands and open beaches. Thunderstorm potential today and tomorrow could also result in bursts of wind reaching 30-50 mph. The soggy ground coupled with leafing trees could result in tree damage or toppling, even with wind gusts of 30-35 mph.

Outlook is for showers and possible thunderstorms all weekend with rainfall totals of another inch or more. Rain is likely again Monday with showers on Tuesday (though one computer model shows some brief drying and sunshine on Tuesday). Highs during the period 50-55F, lows about 45F. On the horizon, another storm is predicted to arrive by next Wednesday.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open with some delays through the Coast Range, wet pavement, spots of standing water and about 45F. A landslide has occurred on Highway 34, 12 miles east of Tidewater. It’s blocking the westbound lane and delays up to 20 minutes are expected. There’s a crash on Highway 18 at Sheridan causing a 20 minute delay. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is wet with no delays. Valley destinations have wet pavement with possible areas of standing water and rain in the forecast today, heavy in Corvallis. In the Cascades, highways are currently near freezing with snow flurries and spots of ice; carry chains or traction tires. The snow level is 5,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for wet pavement on the Central Coast, in the Coast Range and in the Valley. Cascades highway passes could receive up to a foot of snow through the weekend making mountain travel hazardous at times.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 128”, a gain of 8” since yesterday, or 76% of normal. Weekly snow total, +12”; difference from last year, -1”; deviation from 30 year average, -4”.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 9/62/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 4/121/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 11/126/Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 8/34/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 12/89/Powder

Marine: Still no joy for sport fishermen aching to get out for the early ocean salmon season. It’s Rough with a capital ‘R’ this morning. S winds are blowing 25-35 knots and combined seas are 13 feet. As of 8:00am, 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 restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 26 feet and less. A Gale Warning is in effect until 1:00pm this afternoon. By this evening, SW winds should be down to 15-20 knots briefly, but rising again to 20-25 knots with gusts to 30 overnight and through tomorrow. Combined seas are expected to build to 15 feet tomorrow. Sunday, a SW breeze 15-20 knots with wave heights of 12-14 feet. Outlook is for another front to arrive Sunday night packing gale force southerly winds and combined seas 12 feet or higher. Monday and Tuesday, S winds 15-25 knots, seas 10-12 feet. NOTE: A new edition of Chart 18580 Cape Blanco to Yaquina Head was published on March 1st, 2014, due to various general changes. This NOAA chart is now available in both the Print-on Demand and digital raster formats. Go here to download. The corresponding traditional paper chart will be available in two to eight weeks.

On the Beach... Rainy, windy, surf 9-10 feet (moderate).
California gray whales are migrating north and Whale Watch Week, on now through tomorrow, is a great time to see them when weather allows. Central Coast locations staffed by volunteers to help you spot the whales include Spanish Head, Boiler Bay, Depoe Bay, Rocky Creek, Cape Foulweather, Devils Punchbowl, Yaquina Head and Don Davis Park.
Tides
03/28 Fri 11:03 AM 8.32 H
03/28 Fri 05:22 PM -0.16 L
03/28 Fri 11:46 PM 8.42 H
03/29 Sat 05:49 AM 0.53 L

In Short: Heavy rain, wind, thunderstorms, then showers and breezy.

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Strong Spring Storm

By: NewportOr, 3:10 PM GMT on March 27, 2014

Thursday, Mar. 27th – Lincoln County

Summary: Yesterday was another one of those when you needed a complete wardrobe arsenal. Though it was mostly cloudy with showers, there were a few sunbreaks and the southwest winds held off until around noon when they kicked up again. Highs were in the low 50s. Rainfall totals and wind gusts varied with the location of the heaviest showers; Yachats had the highest numbers for both. The breezy and showery pattern continued overnight with occasional glimpses of the stars. At daybreak, southerly winds were about 15-20 mph, the mercury was in the low-40s and a few holes punctured the overcast.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust...
Lincoln City: 53F/47F/0.39”/35mph
Depoe Bay: 51F/46F/0.25”/38mph
Newport: 52F/46F/0.26”/36mph
Waldport: 52F/47F/0.44”/35mph
Yachats: 52F/47F/0.75”/45mph

Forecast: The National Weather Service this morning issued a Special Weather Statement covering the next 72 hours. A very wet and strong Spring storm is expected to impact the Northwest this evening through much of the weekend. This storm will be active tonight and tomorrow, and produce increasing rain and wind across our area. The warm front with this system will bring the first surge of rain to the Central Coast tonight. The associated cold front will then remain over us tomorrow generating moderate to heavy rain at times through the day.

The latest projections for total rainfall from tonight through tomorrow evening are very substantial at 2 to 5 inches along the Central Coast and in the Coast Range. Plan on moderate to sharp rises for small streams and rivers Friday and Friday night, but general flooding is not expected at this time.

Landslides are already being reported around the region under saturated soil conditions. Additional landslides are certainly not out of the question, especially around the Coast Range.

Additionally, south winds will increase early tomorrow on the Central Coast to 15-30 mph with gusts of 40-50 mph. The strongest winds will be on exposed headlands and open beaches. The waterlogged ground may combine with leafing trees and could result in tree damage or toppling, even with wind gusts of 30-35 mph.

Outlook is for additional rain on Saturday and showers on Sunday. Rain is likely again Monday with showers on Tuesday. Highs during the period 50-55F, lows about 45F. On the horizon, another storm is possible by next Wednesday.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with wet pavement and about 45F. Highway 6 is closed between Tillamook and Banks due to a landslide at Milepost 32, but should reopen later today. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is wet with no delays. Valley destinations have wet pavement and showers forecast today. In the Cascades, highways are currently below freezing with packed snow; chains or traction tires are required. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 5:00pm this afternoon for accumulating snow in the passes, up to several inches. The snow level is 3,500 feet rising to 4,500 feet tonight.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 120”, a gain of 6” since yesterday, or 72% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 5/53/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Closed Mon-Thu
Mt Bachelor 2/106/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 4/118/Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/26/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 4/77/Powder

Cascadia: Today is the 50th anniversary of Alaska’s 9.2 earthquake (second largest ever recorded) and the ensuing tsunami of March 27, 1964. Read more about it here. A tsunami from that quake hit the Central Coast and claimed the lives of four children at Beverly Beach State Park north of Newport. The big wave swept them out to sea while they were camping on the sand with their parents. (Teachers, click here. for a website devoted to helping your students understand the power of The Great Alaska Earthquake and similar ones predicted for our area.)

Marine: Winds are out of the W this morning at 15-25 knots and swells are 14 feet with 7 foot wind waves. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this evening when it gets replaced by a Gale Watch through tomorrow. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in place through this evening. Today, SW winds 20-25 knots with a 12 foot swell. Tonight, S winds 20-25 knots gusting to 30 with higher gusts near shore, seas running 9-10 feet and wind waves near 7 feet. Tomorrow, S winds continue in the 20-25 knot range with gusts to 30 in the morning. Outlook is for southerly winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 through the weekend with seas of 10-15 feet.

On the Beach... Showers, breezy, surf 10-13 feet (moderate).
California gray whales are migrating north and Whale Watch Week, on now through Saturday, is a great time to see them when weather allows. Central Coast locations staffed by volunteers to help you spot the whales include Spanish Head, Boiler Bay, Depoe Bay, Rocky Creek, Cape Foulweather, Devils Punchbowl, Yaquina Head and Don Davis Park.
Tides
03/27 Thu 10:02 AM 8.11 H
03/27 Thu 04:35 PM -0.19 L
03/27 Thu 11:05 PM 7.87 H
03/28 Fri 04:57 AM 1.3 L

In Short: Showers, heavy rain, windy, then wet and breezy.

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In For The Long Haul

By: NewportOr, 3:11 PM GMT on March 26, 2014

Wednesday, Mar. 26th – Lincoln County

Summary: Cool and unstable air behind a cold front fashioned an amusing assortment of weather yesterday, including a stretch of sunshine in mid-afternoon that was long enough to briefly dry the roads. The high was about 55F. Showers, some heavy, rolled in off the ocean from time to time and southwest winds blew steadily at 25-35 mph for most of the day. The peak gust on the Central Coast was 56 mph at the Yaquina Bay Bridge. Lincoln City had the most intense showers of the day producing wind gusts to 50 mph and over an inch of rain. Showers continued overnight into this morning with low temps in the mid-40s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust...
Lincoln City: 55F/47F/1.16”/50mph
Depoe Bay: 53F/45F/0.60”/41mph
Newport: 54F/45F/0.32”/47mph
Waldport: 55F/46F/0.23”/44mph
Yachats: 53F/47F/0.45”/31mph

Forecast: According to the updated Special Weather Statement from the National Weather Service, we’re in for the long haul. Showers, periods of continuous rain, heavy at times, potential thunderstorm activity and blustery winds are forecast for the next 7-10 days. Today, showers and possible thunderstorms, high of 55F, and southwest winds 15-20 mph with gusts to 35 or higher. For tonight and tomorrow, showers continue along with the southwest breeze. Rainfall totals around an inch or so; highs in the low-50s, lows in the mid-40s. Occasional sucker holes (sunbreaks) are probable, too, under this showery, unstable regime. Outlook is for the heaviest steady rain to arrive Thursday night and Friday. We could receive an additional two inches of precipitation along with southwest winds gusting to 30-35 mph. Showers and windy conditions remain likely for the weekend, with more rain next week.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with wet pavement and about 40F. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is wet with no delays. Valley destinations have wet pavement and showers forecast today. In the Cascades, highways are currently below freezing with slush and snow pack. A Winter Weather Advisory goes into effect at 5:00pm this afternoon for accumulating snow in the passes, up to a few inches. The snow level is 4,000 feet dropping to 3,000 feet tonight. Carry chains or traction tires.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 114”, a gain of 2” since yesterday, or 71% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Closed Mon-Thu
Mt Bachelor 3/103/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Meadows 4/110/Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/26/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 4/77/Powder

Marine: Angry ocean conditions are still in play this morning. SSW winds are blowing 15-25 knots, the swell is 11 feet and 5 foot wind waves are chopping it up. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for all recreational vessels, and for uninspected passenger vessels 30 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 24 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for seas is in effect through Thursday evening. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is also posted through tomorrow night. Today, SW winds 20-25 knots with wave heights 10-12 feet. A SW breeze of 20-25 knots is expected to include gale force gusts to 35 knots tonight, seas remaining 10-12 feet with 5 foot wind waves. Tomorrow, W winds 20-25 knots with gusts to 35 and an 11-13 foot swell. Outlook is for southerly winds 20-25 knots with gusts to 30 or higher and seas 10-15 feet Friday and on through the weekend.

On the Beach... Showers, sunbreaks, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
California gray whales are migrating north and Whale Watch Week, on now through Saturday, is a great time to see them when weather allows. Central Coast locations staffed by volunteers to help you spot the whales include Spanish Head, Boiler Bay, Depoe Bay, Rocky Creek, Cape Foulweather, Devils Punchbowl, Yaquina Head and Don Davis Park.
Tides
03/26 Wed 08:54 AM 7.89 H
03/26 Wed 03:42 PM -0.07 L
03/26 Wed 10:20 PM 7.27 H
03/27 Thu 04:00 AM 2.11 L

In Short: Showers, breezy, then rainy and breezy.

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A Screeching Halt

By: NewportOr, 3:10 PM GMT on March 25, 2014

Tuesday, Mar. 25th – Lincoln County

Summary: Spring Breakers and Whale Watchers got one more day of dry and mostly sunny weather yesterday. High temperatures were nearly the warmest so far this year but the devil was in the details as blustery southwest winds reared up about noon portending an approaching storm system. Clouds slowly thickened through the day. Then, our dry weather came to a screeching halt when the predicted front arrived about 3:30am this morning accompanied by a respectable shot of rain and wind. The steady rain had turned to showers at daybreak and lows were in the upper 40s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust...
Lincoln City: 67F/50F/0.16”/41mph
Depoe Bay: 62F/46F/0.22”/27mph
Newport: 63F/46F/0.17”/35mph
Waldport: 61F/46F/0.11”/28mph
Yachats: 60F/45F/0.16”/34mph

Forecast: The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement for an abrupt change to wet and cool conditions this week. Rainfall totals could surpass two inches for the Central Coast, higher amounts in the Coast Range, and heavy snow in the Cascades. Thunderstorms are possible through Wednesday night. Heavy rain is forecast for Friday into the weekend. Southwest winds of 45-50 mph may impact the coast at various times from today through Saturday. That said, for today, expect showers and potential thunderstorms, southerly winds 20-30 mph gusting 45, and a high of 55F. Tonight, showers with a continued chance of thunderstorms, a south wind 15-25 mph gusting 40, and a low of 45F. Tomorrow, more showers and thunderstorms, a southerly breeze of 10-25 mph, and a high again about 55F. Outlook is for rainy and breezy through the weekend. In fact, long range forecasts (see Weather Factoid below) are predicting some amount of rain every day for the next two weeks.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range, at 45F and have wet pavement. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is wet with no delays. Valley destinations are above freezing with wet pavement. In the Cascades, highways are currently wet and at about 40F, but the freezing level drops to the passes this afternoon and 1-3 inches of snow is forecast. Carry chains or traction tires.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 112”, a loss of 1” since yesterday, or 71% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 0/103/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Meadows 0/107/Hard Packed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/26/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 0/73/Machine Groomed

Marine: As expected, rough conditions have developed offshore this morning with S winds 25-30 knots, the swell is at 10 feet and wind waves are over 7 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 22 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Gale Warning is in effect through this afternoon for S winds 25-30 knots gusting to 40, combined seas building to 15 feet late this afternoon, and a chance for thunderstorms. Tonight, wind gusts ease to 30 knots after midnight, W swell at 13 feet, isolated thunderstorms. Tomorrow, a SW breeze 15-20 knots gusting 25 with seas about 12 feet. Outlook is for stormy southerly weather the remainder of the week. SW winds 20-25 knots gusting to gale force at times and a westerly swell of 10-15 feet.

On the Beach... Showers, thunderstorms, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
California gray whales are migrating north and Whale Watch Week, on now through Saturday, is a great time to see them. Central Coast locations staffed by volunteers to help you spot the whales include Spanish Head, Boiler Bay, Depoe Bay, Rocky Creek, Cape Foulweather, Devils Punchbowl, Yaquina Head and Don Davis Park.
Tides
03/25 Tue 07:38 AM 7.80 H
03/25 Tue 02:42 PM 0.11 L
03/25 Tue 09:29 PM 6.70 H
03/26 Wed 02:52 AM 2.82 L

In Short: Wet and windy, then wet and windy.

Weather Factoid: Long range weather forecasts are based on equal parts of computer modeling and Kentucky windage; in other words, educated guesses. To accurately predict the weather past the next 24-36 hours is difficult enough, given the dynamic nature of the atmosphere. But a week out, is even tougher. So it follows that a two-week outlook is going to be dicey at best. The problem, really, is computing power. While we all think our 2 terabyte hard drives and 4Ghz processors permit massive computations, to truly keep tabs on the immense and mutable atmosphere would require more supercomputers than now exist on the planet. So, meteorologists use as much computational muscle as they can leverage, throw in a little intuition and pour over historical weather data to map out the long range forecast.

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The Case for Spring

By: NewportOr, 3:06 PM GMT on March 24, 2014

Monday, Mar. 24th – Lincoln County

Summary: Spring with a capital ‘S’ was undeniably in the air yesterday as sunshine ruled and the mercury rose into the mid-50s after a frosty morning. Northwest winds weren’t impressive, either, so myriad outdoor activities unfolded unimpeded. Overnight, the first hint of a looming change showed itself in the form of a few high clouds. This morning, east winds were blowing 15-20 mph with a peak gust of 22 at Newport, and low temperatures in the 40s kept ice scrapers in the glove box.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 58F/40F
Depoe Bay: 54F/35F
Newport: 54F/34F
Waldport: 54F/35F
Yachats: 53F/39F

Forecast: By this time tomorrow, we’ll be using a lower-case ‘s’ for spring because it’ll be a completely different kind of day. Today could be the warmest of this recent stretch with a high of 60F or better, and winds should be light to moderate, easterly then trending southerly. Increasing clouds will herald the coming of a drastic transformation to wet weather for the foreseeable future. Rain is predicted to arrive late tonight along with south winds 15-20 mph gusting to 30, low temps in the upper 40s. Showers and possible thunderstorms are on tap for tomorrow, high of 55F and a southerly breeze 15-20 mph with higher gusts. Outlook is for showers Wednesday and Thursday, rain (possibly heavy at times) Friday and Saturday, and a return to showers on Sunday. Highs and lows hovering around 50F through the period.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range, near freezing, and have mostly bare pavement with icy spots possible in the higher elevations through mid-morning. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is dry with no delays. Valley destinations have bare pavement with temps above freezing, warming to the near 70F today. In the Cascades, highways are about 30F with spots of ice. The freezing level is 9,000 feet today. Carry chains or traction tires.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 113”, a loss of 2” since yesterday, or 71% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 0/104/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Meadows 0/108/Hard Packed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/26/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 0/73/Powder

Marine: This may be the last day for quite a while with fairly benign conditions. This morning, winds are from the ESE at 10-12 knots and seas have fallen to 4 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. The breeze is expected to hold at around 10 knots from the SE today and seas remain 4 feet or so. But, a Small Craft Advisory goes into effect this evening for S winds quickly increasing to 15-20 knots gusting 30 with wind waves of 6 feet. Tomorrow, S wind 20-25 knots gusting to gale force, 35 knots, by afternoon, combined seas building to 12-15 feet and a chance of thunderstorms over local waters. Outlook is for S wind easing to 10-15 knots with wave heights at 10-12 feet on Wednesday. For Thursday and Friday, southerlies 15-25 knots and 6 foot wind waves riding on a 10-15 foot swell.

On the Beach... Sunshine, moderate winds, surf 4-5 feet (low).
California gray whales are migrating north and Whale Watch Week, on now through Saturday, is a great time to see them. Central Coast locations staffed by volunteers to help you spot the whales include Spanish Head, Boiler Bay, Depoe Bay, Rocky Creek, Cape Foulweather, Devils Punchbowl, Yaquina Head and Don Davis Park.
Tides
03/24 Mon 01:34 PM 0.28 L
03/24 Mon 08:25 PM 6.25 H
03/25 Tue 01:32 AM 3.27 L
03/25 Tue 07:38 AM 7.8 H

In Short: Mostly sunny, increasing clouds, then wet and windy.

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All Creatures Great and Small

By: NewportOr, 3:09 PM GMT on March 23, 2014

Sunday, Mar. 23rd – Lincoln County

Summary: It was a great day for wildlife viewing. Yesterday, over 100 sightings of migrating gray whales were recorded at Central Coast viewing stations. And, ashore, you may have noticed the large number of hummingbirds, and other avian critters, fluttering about. Seems the animals take advantage of the sunshine as much as we do. Our high was just above 50F and the north wind settled down to 5-10 mph with a few gusts to 20. And it was dry with no precipitation recorded. Overnight, skies remained clear and temps dropped to near freezing again. This morning, the last quarter Moon and a very bright Venus greeted early risers, windshields were frosty and the wind was nearly calm.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 53F/38F
Depoe Bay: 52F/34F
Newport: 52F/32F
Waldport: 53F/34F
Yachats: 53F/38F

Forecast: Today could be the pick of the litter for this current stretch of dry weather. Mostly sunny skies, a high close to 60F and light winds should be delightful conditions for those hunting glass art on Lincoln City beaches or otherwise strolling the sands. Tomorrow, while the temperature could be even warmer, possibly over 60F, we expect to see some clouds start moving in advance of a major change in the weather. By tomorrow night, south winds begin blowing 20-25 mph and rain clouds rapidly ripen. Outlook is for a rainy and at times windy week. The Central Coast is in the sights of a progressive pattern of weather fronts throughout the long term into next weekend. There may be short breaks, but mostly one wet system after another, with highs in the low-50s, lows in the low-40s and winds occasionally gusting to 30 mph or higher.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range, well below freezing, and have mostly bare pavement with icy patches through mid-morning. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is dry with possible icy spots, especially on the headlands. Valley destinations have mostly bare pavement with temps above freezing, warming to the mid-60s today. In the Cascades, highways are about 20F with spots of ice. The freezing level is 6,000 feet today. Carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers is to expect heavier than normal traffic on Highways 18, 20, 34 and 101 as sunshine and several activities have encouraged thousands to visit the Central Coast. On the pavement itself, Coast Range, Valley and Cascades highways should be dry with spots of ice developing by late tonight.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 115”, a loss of 1” since yesterday, or 72% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 0/105/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Meadows 0/109/Hard Packed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/26/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 0/73/Powder

Marine: Seas are up around 9 feet this morning, but winds are down to about 10 knots out of the NNE. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 20 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Today could be the best shot small craft have had for quite a while to put to sea, with northerly winds 5-10 knots and seas 7-8 feet. The breeze and seas are not expected to build much higher through this afternoon and tonight. Tomorrow, the beginning of a major transformation as the wind goes south, literally, 10-15 knots and wave heights hang around 4-5 feet. Outlook is for a big blow with possible gale force gusts starting Monday night; S winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 or higher, and seas building to 7 feet. Tuesday, extremely lumpy seas with a 10-12 foot swell and 6 foot wind waves, S winds 20-25 knots gusting 30. Wednesday and Thursday, SW winds 10-15 knots and a 10-13 foot swell. Additional weather systems are predicted to arrive Friday and Saturday.

On the Beach... Mostly sunny, light wind, surf 5-6 feet (low).
California gray whales are migrating north and Whale Watch Week, on now through Saturday, is a great time to see them. Central Coast locations staffed by volunteers to help you spot the whales include Spanish Head, Boiler Bay, Depoe Bay, Rocky Creek, Cape Foulweather, Devils Punchbowl, Yaquina Head and Don Davis Park.
Tides
03/23 Sun 12:24 PM 0.36 L
03/23 Sun 07:10 PM 6.04 H
03/24 Mon 12:08 AM 3.35 L
03/24 Mon 06:21 AM 7.88 H

In Short: Mostly clear, light winds, then wet and windy.

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Busy Beaches

By: NewportOr, 3:06 PM GMT on March 22, 2014

Saturday, Mar. 22nd – Lincoln County

Summary: The full day of sunshine would have been a great hand to bet on yesterday, but it was trumped by a Jack (Frost), cool daytime temperatures and a chilly wind. The high just reached 50F and north winds blew 20-25 with gusts to 30 all afternoon. No precipitation was recorded on the Central Coast. The breeze faded just at sunset so lots of folks flocked to the beaches and headlands for the magnificent view. Clear skies reigned overnight and the mercury dropped to freezing. At daybreak, the sky was crystal blue but we were dealt a frosty hand because the Jack got played again. Hey, Jack, the discard pile is to the north.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 54F/38F
Depoe Bay: 50F/32F
Newport: 50F/30F
Waldport: 51F/33F
Yachats: 50F/35F

Forecast: A busy weekend is in store for Central Coast beaches, and part of that is due to the weather. Sunny skies, a high of 55F and lighter north winds will offer added incentive for volunteers to help with today’s beach cleanup; it is also the beginning of Whale Watch Week; and thousands of visitors will be arriving for Spring Break vacations. Clear and chilly again tonight, low about 35F. Tomorrow, look for more sunshine with light winds and a high near 60F. Outlook is for even warmer on Monday, a solid 60F or a little above, with mostly sunny skies and light southerlies. Then, everything changes. Beginning Monday night we expect to see clouds rapidly thickening and rain developing. More rain on Tuesday, followed by showers and unsettled wet weather through the rest of the week. Breezy at times with highs of 55F and lows of 45F through the extended period.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range, well below freezing, and have mostly bare pavement with icy patches through mid-morning. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is dry with icy spots, especially on the headlands. Valley destinations have mostly bare pavement with temps right at freezing and some patches of frost. In the Cascades, highways are about 20F with spots of ice. The freezing level is 4,000 feet rising to 5,000 feet today. Carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers is to expect heavier than normal traffic on Highways 18, 20, 34 and 101 as sunshine and several events draw a gaggle of visitors to the Central Coast. On the pavement itself, Coast Range, Valley and Cascades highways should be dry with spots of ice nights and mornings through tomorrow.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 116”, no change since yesterday, or 73% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 0/106/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Meadows 0/110/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/26/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 0/73/Powder

Marine: Conditions are showing some improvement this morning with NNE winds down to 10-15 knots and seas holding at 6 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. For today and tonight, N winds 10-15 knots gusting to 20 and lumpy seas 5-6 feet with 4 foot wind waves. Tomorrow may be the best shot for small craft fishermen to get a line wet as NE winds drop to 5-10 knots and seas stay about 7 feet. Outlook is for the breeze to switch to southerly on Monday, 5-10 knots early then building to 15-20 gusting 25 by late afternoon with a westerly swell of 4 feet. Monday night a strong front arrives with gale force gusts up to 35 knots, seas rising to 5-7 feet. Tuesday and Wednesday, SW winds 15-25 knots and wave heights building to 12-15 feet. Snotty the rest of the week with a series of fronts predicted.

On the Beach... Sunny, light winds, surf 5-6 feet (low).
SOLV Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup is today. Details here.
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
03/21 Fri 10:20 AM 0.31 L
03/21 Fri 04:47 PM 6.45 H
03/21 Fri 10:03 PM 2.71 L
03/22 Sat 04:19 AM 8.32 H

In Short: Clear, warmer, light wind, then wet and unsettled.

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Last Man Standing

By: NewportOr, 3:07 PM GMT on March 21, 2014

Friday, Mar. 21st – Lincoln County

Summary: Yes, it’s officially Spring, but Winter’s last man standing, Jack Frost, can’t seem to find the exit. This morning’s lows along the Central Coast dipped close to freezing with fairly heavy frost in most areas covering cars, rooftops and lawns. That came on the heels of yesterday’s Spring opener replete with sunshine and highs around 50F. A chilly north wind tempered the day, blowing 15-20 with a peak gust of 28 recorded at Waldport. Skies remained totally clear overnight and the wind fell light. Blue sky at daybreak, cold, and an east wind less than 10 mph.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 54F/39F
Depoe Bay: 49F/34F
Newport: 50F/32F
Waldport: 52F/33F
Yachats: 49F/36F

Forecast: The breeze will probably be the major influence on today’s comfort level. Sunny skies, sure, but a high of only 50F and a north wind predicted to build to 20-25 mph gusting 30 will keep a nip in the air for our first full day of Spring. Tomorrow, the wind should be fading substantially and the high rising to 55F or better. For Sunday, continued sunny with the thermometer closing in on 60F. Outlook is for sunshine and temps of 60F or higher on Monday. But the warm, dry and clear regime starts falling apart Monday night as we enter an extended period of wet, possibly windy, and unsettled conditions for the rest of next week. Highs in the low-50s, lows in the mid-40s.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range, below freezing with mostly bare pavement, and icy patches are expected through mid-morning. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is dry with possible icy spots on the headlands. Valley destinations have mostly dry pavement with temps just above freezing and some patches of frost. In the Cascades, passes are well below freezing with spots of ice. The freezing level is 4,000 feet. Carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers on Coast Range, Valley and Cascades highways is for mostly bare pavement with spots of ice nights and mornings through Sunday.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 116”, a loss of 2” since yesterday, or 76% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 0/107/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Meadows 2/111/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 2/26/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 2/95/Powder

Marine: Still trying to find a weather window for sport salmon fishermen to get out on the ocean, but no joy today. This morning, winds offshore are NNE 20-25 knots, though lighter near shore, and seas are running 9 feet with 5 foot wind waves, so it’s really lumpy. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay Bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect through late tonight for northerly winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 increasing to 20-25 knots gusting 30. Seas will remain choppy at 7 feet with 6 foot wind waves. Tonight, N winds 20-25 knots easing to 15-20 knots after midnight, seas 7 feet. Tomorrow, conditions look a little better with the northerly breeze dropping to 10-15 knots gusting 20 and a W swell of 6 feet. On Sunday there may be a chance for sport fishermen to go offshore; NE wind 10-15 knots easing to 5-10 knots by afternoon, seas 7 feet. Outlook is for southerlies 20-25 knots Monday and Tuesday with seas rising from 7 feet to 11-12 feet. Additional weather systems are predicted through the next week with gales and seas in the teens not out of the question.

On the Beach... Sunny, breezy, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
SOLV Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup is tomorrow. Details here.
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
03/21 Fri 10:20 AM 0.31 L
03/21 Fri 04:47 PM 6.45 H
03/21 Fri 10:03 PM 2.71 L
03/22 Sat 04:19 AM 8.32 H

In Short: Mostly clear, windy, then wet and unsettled.

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First Day of Spring

By: NewportOr, 3:13 PM GMT on March 20, 2014

Thursday, Mar. 20th – Lincoln County

Summary: Winter gave us a little bit of everything in its farewell address yesterday. Showers, sunbreaks, fog, northwest winds gusting to 20 mph or so and a high around 50F. Rainfall amounts varied, depending on where the showers occurred, but all areas of the Central Coast reported under a tenth of an inch. Clouds began to dissipate as we headed into night. By about 1:30am it was mostly clear, which allowed daytime heat to escape and temperatures to drop so that this morning there were frosty windshields accompanying a light east wind and a clear blue sky.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 55F/40F/0.06”
Depoe Bay: 50F/34F/0.02”
Newport: 52F/34F/0.02”
Waldport: 54F/36F/0.04”
Yachats: 50F/34F/0.05”

Forecast: While it is still officially Winter this morning, the transition to Spring occurs just before 10:00am today with the Vernal Equinox (see Weather Factoid below). And, we have a bona fide Spring day in the forecast with lots of sunshine and a high in the low-50s. Northerly winds of 5-10 mph with a few higher gusts may keep the air a little cool, but you sure won’t need a raincoat for the Lincoln County Master Gardeners workshop on shrub and tree pruning at OCCC in Newport this afternoon. Tonight, mostly clear and chilly with a low about 35F. Full sunshine tomorrow, highs up around 55F, and north winds 5-10 mph are expected. Outlook is for Spring weather to continue over the weekend with sunny days and clear nights, highs approaching 60F and lows about 40F. Another round of wet weather is projected to begin on Tuesday.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with temps around 25F and mostly bare pavement with icy patches expected through mid-morning. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is dry with possible icy spots; ODOT is reporting hazardous debris on 101 at its intersection with Highway 20 in Newport. Valley destinations have mostly dry pavement with temps around 30F and some patches of frost. In the Cascades, passes are well below freezing. Highway 26 at Government Camp has packed snow; Highway 20 at Santiam Pass has numerous spots of ice. The freezing level is 4,000 feet. Carry chains or traction tires.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 118”, the same as yesterday, or 73% of normal. Weekly snow total, +9”; difference from last year, -5”; deviation from 30 year average, -3”. NOTE: We use the main Hood/Deschutes basin (North-Central Cascades) reporting stations for our snowpack totals. While this area is about three-quarters of normal this season, other areas are not fairing as well. The Santiam station is at 51% of average; the Willamette basin is only 48%; Rogue/Umpqua is at 29%; and Klamath is quite low at just 24%.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 1/108/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Meadows 2/112/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/26/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 1/93/Powder

Marine: Winds are from the N this morning at 10-15 knots with seas around 12 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 30 feet and less. A summerlike pattern of northerly winds 15-20 knots begins today and is expected to last through tomorrow. Gusts to 25 knots are possible in the late afternoons and early evenings. But seas are slowly subsiding and should be down to 9 feet this afternoon and 7 feet by tonight. Tomorrow, continued N winds and wave heights around 6 feet. Outlook is for seas 5-6 feet Saturday through Monday, N winds 5-15 knots; wind backing to SE on Monday. A series of weather disturbances is predicted to begin arriving early next week with SW winds and seas in the teens.

On the Beach... Sunny, breezy, cool, surf 8-9 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
03/20 Thu 09:31 AM 0.33 L
03/20 Thu 03:51 PM 6.86 H
03/20 Thu 09:19 PM 2.25 L
03/21 Fri 03:34 AM 8.46 H

In Short: Mostly clear, north winds, then more sunshine.

Weather Factoid: What is the Vernal Equinox and why does it mean Spring has sprung? Those two subjects are intertwined. Today, March 20, 2014, at 9:57am PDT, is when the sun's direct rays cross over the Earth's equator from south to north. This is due to the tilt of the earth and where our planet is located in its orbital plane at the moment. We change seasons at this time because the southern hemisphere now gets less direct sunshine and the northern hemisphere gets more. This increasingly direct solar exposure continues into Summer, reaching its peak on June 21st, the 2014 Summer Solstice, before the sun begins returning its strength to the southern hemisphere on September 22nd, the 2014 Autumnal Equinox.

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Last Day of Winter :-)

By: NewportOr, 3:09 PM GMT on March 19, 2014

Wednesday, Mar. 19th – Lincoln County

Summary: It wasn’t exceptionally warm, in the low-50s, but plenty of sunshine drew visiting Spring Breakers and Whale Watchers out to the beaches and headlands yesterday. Northwest winds of 10-20 mph chilled the air from mid-morning until dark, when it went calm. There was no precipitation recorded along the Central Coast on Tuesday. Another elegant sunset closed out the daylight hours and mid-level clouds began thickening overnight. Daybreak conditions included mostly cloudy skies with a peek-a-boo Moon, light wind from the east, some patchy fog and a low around 40F.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 53F/43F
Depoe Bay: 51F/40F
Newport: 52F/37F
Waldport: 53F/39F
Yachats: 52F/39F

Forecast: This is your last chance to complete any projects that were filed under the category of “I’ll get to that this Winter.” It’s the final full day of Winter 2013-14. Today’s weather will be typical for this time of year with a high in the low-50s, some light rain showers and west winds 10-15 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, a slight chance of showers, low of 40F. Tomorrow, we’ll be drying out again with the return of sunshine under partly cloudy skies and a high of 50F. Outlook is for sunny days and clear nights Friday through Sunday. Highs up to 55F or better; overnight lows in the low-40s. But before you get out the patio furniture, long term projections show another wet period developing by early next week.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with temps around 40F, bare pavement and a chance of rain predicted by late morning. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is dry with no delays. Valley destinations have dry pavement with temps around 40F and rain in this afternoon’s forecast. In the Cascades, highways are mostly bare but with a few spots of ice, temperatures in the low-20s and light snow is predicted later today and tonight, maybe an inch or two. The freezing level is 4,000 feet and dropping. Carry chains or traction tires.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 118”, a loss of 2” since yesterday, or 73% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 6/32/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 0/109/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Meadows 0/113/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 1/26/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 4/93/Powder

Marine: Light winds out of the NNW 5-10 knots continue this morning with seas at 8 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Conditions are expected to deteriorate with W winds gusting to 20 knots this afternoon and tonight, and a Small Craft Advisory in effect from 2:00pm today through Thursday morning for hazardous seas building to 10 feet or a little higher. Tomorrow, N winds 10-15 knots, seas 10-12 feet. Outlook is for northerly breezes Friday and on through the weekend, 20-25 knots, highest in the late afternoons and evenings, with seas 6-8 feet.

On the Beach... Showers, light wind, surf 8-9 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
03/19 Wed 08:47 AM 0.45 L
03/19 Wed 03:03 PM 7.24 H
03/19 Wed 08:42 PM 1.8 L
03/20 Thu 02:56 AM 8.5 H

In Short: Mostly cloudy, showers, then clearing.

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The Green and the Gray

By: NewportOr, 3:08 PM GMT on March 18, 2014

Tuesday, Mar. 18th – Lincoln County

Summary: The shades of green were brilliant with ample sunshine and partly cloudy skies on St. Patty’s Day. The luck of the Irish prevailed as the threatened showers failed to materialize (except for a brief burst just north of Lincoln City) and high temperatures climbed to around 50F. A northwest wind of 15-25 mph kept celebrations cool but no one seemed to mind, given the cheerful sky. The northwest breeze died just before dark and has been light from the east since, and more clouds have been drifting in. Early this morning, broken overcast allowed a stellar apparition of the waning gibbous Moon, Mars and Saturn. Lows near 35F and mostly cloudy skies prevailed at daybreak.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 52F/43F
Depoe Bay: 49F/39F
Newport: 50F/37F
Waldport: 51F/39F
Yachats: 48F/37F

Forecast: We have a mix of sun and clouds in the forecast today, just ahead of another minor weather disturbance headed our way; high this afternoon in the low-50s. Mostly cloudy tonight with a low of 40F. Tomorrow, we get tagged by the tail end of a front making landfall to our north; rain is likely, though amounts should be fairly light, probably less than a tenth of an inch. High tomorrow again in the low 50s. Outlook is for a slight chance of showers on Thursday (the first day of Spring). Then a more seasonal pattern of partly to mostly sunny through the weekend with highs near 55F, lows about 45F, and gusty northwest winds at times.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with temps in the mid-30s, mostly bare pavement with icy spots, and temps warming to 50F. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is dry with no delays. Valley destinations have mostly bare pavement. Corvallis is near freezing this morning with possible icy spots, but warming to 55F today. Portland is 40F, dry but expecting rain later. In the Cascades, temperatures are in the low-20s. Highway 26 at Government Camp has packed snow and slush; Highway 20 at Santiam Pass is mostly bare pavement with icy spots. The freezing level is 3,000 feet. Carry chains or traction tires.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 120”, a gain of 6” since yesterday, or 73% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 8/56/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 1/112/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 9/115/Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 6/32/Powder
Timberline Lodge 16/89/Powder

Marine: Even though the sport ocean salmon season is now open, recreational craft have had trouble getting out in the rough conditions. But this morning the situation has mellowed considerably. Winds are down to SSW 5-10 knots and seas have fallen to 8 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for all recreational vessels and uninspected passenger vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Today, the breeze should stay under 10 knots out of the SW with seas 7-9 feet. The wind veers N tonight, 10-15 knots and a 7 foot swell is predicted. Tomorrow and tomorrow night, another small front is expected to bring NW winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 along with seas rising to 10-12 feet. Outlook is for a summerlike pattern Thursday through Sunday with sunshine, NW winds rising to 20-25 knots in the afternoons and evenings, and wave heights in the range of 6-8 feet.

On the Beach... Sun and clouds, light breeze, surf 6-7 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
03/18 Tue 02:19 PM 7.55 H
03/18 Tue 08:09 PM 1.38 L
03/19 Wed 02:23 AM 8.44 H
03/19 Wed 08:47 AM 0.45 L

In Short: Partly to mostly cloudy, light wind, rain, then clearing.

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Wearin' O' the Green

By: NewportOr, 3:12 PM GMT on March 17, 2014

Monday, Mar. 17th – Lincoln County

Summary: The disagreement wasn’t settled until dusk yesterday when southwest winds abruptly switched to northwest and the rain started. That ended a day-long clash between relatively dry and warm air over the Central Coast and an approaching wet and cool weather front approaching from the northwest with its sights set on us. It was a short confrontation, however, and by 2:00am the steady, heavy rain ended and holes opened in the overcast. Rainfall amounts were generally between a half and three-quarters of an inch. Winds kicked up to 20-30 mph, with a peak gust of 42 at Waldport, which also had the most precipitation. At daybreak, there was a mix of clouds and clearing with blustery northwest winds.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust...
Lincoln City: 54F/45F/0.47”/34mph
Depoe Bay: 52F/42F/0.50”/38mph
Newport: 54F/43F/0.54”/39mph
Waldport: 56F/43F/0.83”/42mph
Yachats: 52F/41F/0.79”/40mph

Forecast: There’ll be green everywhere you look. Foliage and folks will be wearin’ the green on this St. Patrick’s Day. And, Irish weather is on tap, along with the Guinness. A tartan blend of clouds, sun, showers and gusty northwest winds will shape conditions today. It’ll be cooler, with highs stretching to reach 50F. This is also a day for even-steven daylight/dark – sunrise was 7:24am and sunset is 7:24pm. Tonight, the mercury drops to 35F or so with continuing northwest winds, and a 50-50 chance of rain. For tomorrow, mostly cloudy, a diminishing chance of showers, high again about 50F. Outlook is for rain likely on Wednesday, partly sunny Thursday, then mostly sunny Friday and into the weekend. Highs 50-55F, lows around 40F through the extended period.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with temps in the mid-30s, mostly wet pavement with icy spots, and temps warming to 50F. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is wet with no delays but possible icy spots on the headlands. Valley destinations have wet pavement and about 40F this morning warming to 50F with showers today. In the Cascades, highways are snow covered and chains or traction tires are required. The snow level is about 2,500 feet and another couple inches of snow are predicted today and tonight.

Cascades Snow Pack: (No report, USDA Snow Survey technical problems)

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 5/108/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 8/113/Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 6/32/Powder
Timberline Lodge 16/89/Powder

Marine: It’s still breezy on the ocean this morning, 20-25 knots, but the wind direction has veered around to the NW. Seas have subsided some, though they remain above 14 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are restricted for all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Small Craft Advisory for NW winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 is in effect until 2:00pm this afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas 12-14 feet is posted through this evening. By tonight, the breeze is expected to drop to NW 10-15 gusting 20, and seas subside to about 10 feet. Tomorrow, W winds down to 5-10 knots and wave heights drop to 8 feet. Outlook is for N to NW winds the rest of the week, 10-20 knots with seas 8-11 feet.

On the Beach... Showers, sunbreaks, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
This is the time of year when many more visitors, including Spring Breakers and Whale Watchers, start coming to the Central Coast. For a safe and enjoyable visit, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
03/17 Mon 01:38 PM 7.76 H
03/17 Mon 07:37 PM 1.03 L
03/18 Tue 01:52 AM 8.3 H
03/18 Tue 08:07 AM 0.66 L

In Short: Partly cloudy, showers, windy, then continued unsettled.

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Mist Washington

By: NewportOr, 3:10 PM GMT on March 16, 2014

Sunday, Mar. 16th – Lincoln County

Summary: Mist. Yup... missed Washington, hit Oregon. That timeworn Northwest axiom was an ideal fit for mid-morning to mid-afternoon yesterday when mist, forecast to arrive north of the Columbia River, slipped south and dampened most of our area instead. There was even enough precipitation to measure in the northern parts of the Central Coast. Winds were southwest 15-20 mph and the mercury closed in on 55F. By late afternoon, the mist vanished but we remained mostly cloudy headed into the evening. The Full Worm Moon was mainly behind the overcast overnight, but a few glimpses were offered in occasional holes. (The March full moon is named for the season when temperatures warm, the ground thaws and earthworms emerge from their subterranean lairs, heralding the return of the robins.) This morning it was cloudy with southwest winds 15-20 mph and a low around 50F.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 57F/48F/0.02”
Depoe Bay: 52F/46F/0.02”
Newport: 55F/43F/0.01”
Waldport: 57F/42F/0.00”
Yachats: 54F/45F/0.00”

Forecast: This is a most dynamic time of year when, as noted earlier, elements of the atmosphere skirmish for dominance. There is a wet weather system coming this way, but it is arguing with drier air on shore. If you’re going to the Lincoln City Farmers Market today, you might want to throw on a light raincoat. The chances of rain increase through the day, but it’ll be fairly warm with temps again about 55F or so. Tonight, rain could be heavy at times and winds are predicted to be 15-20 mph gusting to 30, and a low of 40F. Tomorrow, look for about a 50-50 chance of showers and cooler with highs near 50F. Outlook is for unsettled weather the rest of the week, varying between showers, clouds, sunshine and northwest winds. Highs 50-55F, lows of 40-45F.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with temps in the mid-40s, bare pavement and patchy fog. Rain is on the way; temps warming to 50F or so today. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is dry with patchy fog and no delays. Valley destinations have dry pavement and about 45F this morning warming to 60F with rain by this afternoon. In the Cascades, highways currently have mostly bare pavement with a few icy spots and 30-35F. The freezing level is 6,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for patchy fog and rain on Coast Range highways this afternoon through tonight. Valley destinations have a chance of rain today, increasing tonight. In the Cascades, a Winter Weather Advisory is posted as the snow level plummets to 4,000 feet or lower early this evening, below the highway passes. 5-10 inches of snow is predicted. So, if your travel plans call for crossing the Cascades today, earlier is better than later. Carry chains or traction tires.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 106”, the same as yesterday, or 70% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 0/106/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Meadows 1/105/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/26/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 0/73/Powder

Marine: Southerly winds are up around 15-20 knots this morning and seas have risen to 12 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are restricted for all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through Monday afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect this afternoon and runs through tomorrow morning. For today, SW winds 15-20 gusting 25, seas building to 18-20 feet. The breeze veers to the NW tonight, 20-25 knots gusting 30, with 6 foot wind waves riding a 16 foot W swell. Tomorrow, NW winds still up around 20-25 knots gusting 30 in the morning, easing to 15 knots gusting 20 by afternoon; wave heights 12-14 feet. Outlook is for N wind 5-10 knots and seas dropping to 8 feet on Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday, a summer-like pattern of NW winds 15-20 knots, strongest in the late afternoons and early evenings, with a W swell at 10-12 feet.

On the Beach... Cloudy, rain developing, surf 12-18 feet (moderate).
This is the time of year when many more visitors, including Spring Breakers and Whale Watchers, start coming to the Central Coast. For a safe and enjoyable visit, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
03/16 Sun 01:00 PM 7.86 H
03/16 Sun 07:07 PM 0.77 L
03/17 Mon 01:24 AM 8.08 H
03/17 Mon 07:30 AM 0.97 L

In Short: Overcast, rainy and windy, then unsettled.

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Flippin' the Switch

By: NewportOr, 3:36 PM GMT on March 15, 2014

Saturday, Mar. 15th – Lincoln County

Summary: As if someone flipped a switch, the latest weather disturbance abruptly ended about 10:00am yesterday morning. Within less than an hour, we went from wet and windy to sunny and calm. Southwest winds early in the day were 15-20 mph with a peak gust of 26 at Newport. Rainfall was light but measureable. The rest of the day you could have been humming the 1945 classic, “It Might As Well Be Spring.” Only a handful of miniature cloud puffs passed by, there wasn’t a breath of breeze and highs were 55-60F. Overnight was mostly clear, but by daybreak the switch got flipped back the other way, high clouds obscured most of the sky, low temps were in the mid-40s and a light east wind rustled the new-season leaves.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 60F/47F/0.13”
Depoe Bay: 53F/45F/0.08”
Newport: 54F/39F/0.12”
Waldport: 60F/42F/0.08”
Yachats: 57F/45F/0.14”

Forecast: Mostly cloudy but dry conditions are in store for today’s Blessing of the Fleet events in Newport. Light southwest winds developing and a high around 55F. For tonight’s Celtic Heritage Alliance ‘Shamrock Supper’ at the Shilo in Newport, expect an increasing chance of rain, southerly winds of 20-25 mph gusting 40, and an overnight low of 50F. Wet and windy tomorrow, with up to half an inch of rain and a southerly breeze gusting 35-40 mph. Outlook is for rain, possibly heavy at times tomorrow night with amounts up to three-quarters of an inch, northwest winds 10-15 mph gusting 30, and a low of 45F. There’s a lingering chance of showers for Monday, high 50F or so. We’re still holding out for a dry break Tuesday and Wednesday with mostly to partly sunny skies, highs of 55F and lows around 45F. On the horizon, look for another round of showers late in the week.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with temps in the mid-30s and mostly bare pavement with possible icy spots; warming to 55F today. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is dry with no delays. Valley destinations have dry pavement, patchy fog and about 40F this morning warming to 65F this afternoon. In the Cascades, highways currently have mostly bare pavement with a few icy spots and 25F. The freezing level is 7,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for patchy fog and light rain on Coast Range highways through tomorrow. Valley destinations will have a mix of fog and a chance of light rain with temps remaining well above freezing all weekend. In the Cascades, the freezing level drops to near the highway passes tonight and tomorrow with rain turning to snow by Sunday night.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 106”, a loss of 1” since yesterday, or 70% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 2/107/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Meadows 1/106/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/26/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 2/73/Powder

Marine: Fairly rough conditions today for the opening of the sport salmon fishing season. SSW winds are blowing 10-15 knots and seas are at 11 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar has not reported. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect until Monday afternoon. And a Small Craft Advisory has been posted for winds from 9:00am this morning through Sunday morning. S winds rising today to 15-20 knots gusting 25 and wave heights 10-12 feet. Tonight, S winds continue 20-25 knots with seas 13 feet and wind waves to 4 feet. For Sunday, a SW breeze 15-20 knots easing to 10-15 knots, but seas building to 18-20 feet. Outlook is for a summer-like pattern Monday with NW winds 20-25 knots and a W swell at 10 feet. On Tuesday and Wednesday, expect northerlies 10-15 knots, and seas fluctuating between 8 and 11 feet.

On the Beach... Cloudy, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
This is the time of year when many more visitors, including Spring Breakers and Whale Watchers, start coming to the Central Coast. For a safe and enjoyable visit, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
03/15 Sat 12:21 PM 7.86 H
03/15 Sat 06:37 PM 0.62 L
03/16 Sun 12:57 AM 7.80 H
03/16 Sun 06:54 AM 1.35 L

In Short: Mostly cloudy, rain, then unsettled.

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The Power Struggle

By: NewportOr, 3:14 PM GMT on March 14, 2014

Friday, Mar. 14th – Lincoln County

Summary: We may have reached the tipping point in the season where weather systems have their work cut out for them as they try to push their way in. Yesterday was a good example of an approaching front struggling all day to make its way ashore, and then moderating when it finally arrived. The main band of rain from this system finally hit the Central Coast at midnight and was steady until daybreak when it turned to showers. Precipitation amounts were not remarkable, under a quarter inch. Winds overnight came from the southwest at 15-20 mph with a peak gust of 27 at Lincoln City, which also had the most rain and highest temperature.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 57F/43F/0.24”
Depoe Bay: 51F/38F/0.13”
Newport: 52F/36F/0.16”
Waldport: 54F/39F/0.12”
Yachats: 50F/37F/0.12”

Forecast: On again, off again conditions are expected over the next several days. For your TGIF, showers, mostly cloudy with possible sunbreaks later, west winds 10-15 mph and a high in the mid-50s. Patchy fog developing tonight, partly cloudy skies and the mercury settling into the low-40s. We’re looking at a mostly sunny Saturday with a high near 60F and light winds, but a slight chance of showers returning by evening. The next power struggle begins on Sunday when another weather system begins its attack – we’ll see who wins. Outlook is for rain likely on Sunday night, showers Monday, mostly to partly sunny Tuesday and Wednesday followed by a chance of showers Thursday. Relatively light winds with highs of 55F and lows of 45F through the extended period.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with temps in the upper 40s, wet pavement and rain showers forecast today. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is wet with no delays. Valley destinations have wet pavement with showers, about 50F this morning warming to 60F today. In the Cascades, highways currently have wet pavement, however the snow level drops to near the passes, 4,500 feet, later today and 3-6 inches of snow is predicted. Outlook for weekend travelers is for patchy fog and possible icy spots tonight on the Coast Range highways, bare pavement tomorrow, wet again on Sunday. Valley destinations will have a mix of fog, showers and sunshine with temps remaining well above freezing all weekend. In the Cascades, there’s a chance of snow showers tonight in the passes, the snow level rising to 7,000 feet tomorrow, but dropping again to the highways by Sunday night.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 107”, a loss of 2” since yesterday, or 71% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 0/106/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Meadows 0/106/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/31/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 0/73/Powder

Cascadia: The Juan de Fuca and Gorda tectonic plates off the Oregon Coast have been quite active over the past week, with another good-sized earthquake recorded yesterday. A magnitude 5.2 temblor struck about noon on Thursday, 132 miles west-southwest of Gold Beach. It was felt ashore in parts of Southern Oregon and Northern California. No tsunami was generated. It was the fourth quake of magnitude 3 or higher in the area since last Friday.

Marine: Southwest winds are at 15-20 knots offshore at Stonewall Bank this morning (5-10 knots near shore) and seas have fallen to 7 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 22 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for S winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 remains in effect until noon. Wave heights today are projected to be 8-9 feet. The breeze veers to NW tonight, 10-15 knots, and then eases to SE 10 knots with seas remaining about 9 feet. For Saturday’s opening of the sport salmon season, no joy for fishermen, as winds kick up again to S 20-25 knots by afternoon and seas build to 10 feet. Outlook is for SW winds 10-15 knots on Sunday, swells rising to 15-18 feet. Northerlies are forecast for Monday and Tuesday, 10-20 knots; seas slowly subsiding from 10 feet down to 6.

On the Beach... Showers, light wind, surf 7-8 feet (moderate).
Tides
03/14 Fri 11:42 AM 7.78 H
03/14 Fri 06:06 PM 0.57 L
03/15 Sat 12:30 AM 7.49 H
03/15 Sat 06:18 AM 1.78 L

In Short: Showers, light wind, breaking up, then more rain.

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Sunshine on Tap

By: NewportOr, 3:05 PM GMT on March 12, 2014

Wednesday, Mar. 12th – Lincoln County

Summary: Except for pluviophiles, and hydrologists worried about our low snowpack, most folks enjoyed the sunshine and spent time outdoors yesterday. There were lots of people on the beaches, picnic tables and hiking trails got some use, and more than a few lawn mowers were rolled out of garages. Highs were generally in the mid-50s; Lincoln City was the warmest, Yachats the coolest. The only damper on the day was the east wind blowing 15-20 mph with a peak gust of 28 recorded at Waldport. Skies remained clear overnight, east winds continued blowing and the mercury stayed in the 40s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...

Lincoln City: 57F/42F
Depoe Bay: 55F/37F
Newport: 54F/35F
Waldport: 54F/39F
Yachats: 52F/34F

Forecast: Another sunny one on tap for today with a high up around 60F. The east wind is expected to fade by this afternoon, and switch to northwest for a while before going calm. Partly cloudy tonight with a low of 35F or a little above. Tomorrow should be mostly sunny with a high about 55F. Outlook is for a short hiatus on Friday with a good chance of rain, light winds and highs in the low-50s. Then back to mostly sunny for Saturday, high 60F, partly sunny Sunday with a slight chance of rain.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with spots of ice and temperatures around freezing, but warming to near 60F this afternoon. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is well above freezing and clear, though there was a rock-fall reported just north of Cascade Head early today causing minimum delays. Valley destinations have mostly bare pavement this morning with frost in spots; sunshine and the warmest temperatures of 2014 are forecast today, 65-70F. In the Cascades, highway passes are right at freezing with spots of ice. The freezing level is 10,000 feet.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 111”, a loss of 2” since yesterday, or 72% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 4/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 3/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 0/111/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 7/109/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 4/29/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 9/73/Powder

Cascadia: The third earthquake in the past few days struck off the Oregon Coast last evening. The magnitude 5.1 shaker, 255 miles west of Coos Bay, was recorded at 5:31pm. It was felt ashore at Cape Meares and in Portland. No tsunami was generated. A minor 3.0 magnitude quake was logged about 90 miles west of Bandon last Friday afternoon, and a 6.8 on Sunday night west of Crescent City shook parts of Northern California.

Marine: The wind won’t be an issue today, but rising seas will. This morning, seas are about 9 feet and the breeze is E at 10 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for all recreational vessels and uninspected passenger vessels 36 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 24 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect until tomorrow morning. Wave heights build to 11-13 feet today, subsiding below 10 feet by Thursday afternoon. E winds 10-15 knots, going light this afternoon. Tomorrow, N winds 10 knots. Outlook is for a front to pass through on Friday bearing S winds 15-20 knots, seas 7 feet. Southerlies are forecast for the weekend, 10-15 knots, but seas rising substantially on Sunday to 13-17 feet.

On the Beach... Sunny, light wind, surf 8-11 feet (moderate).
Tides
03/12 Wed 10:14 AM 7.45 H
03/12 Wed 04:58 PM 0.74 L
03/12 Wed 11:33 PM 6.81 H
03/13 Thu 05:02 AM 2.73 L

In Short: Clear, light wind, then clouds and a chance of rain.

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Earned Sunshine Credit

By: NewportOr, 2:59 PM GMT on March 11, 2014

Tuesday, Mar. 11th – Lincoln County

Summary: If Sunday was pea soup, yesterday was the Pu Pu platter at a Chinese restaurant. There was a little something to satisfy everyone’s weather palate. Clouds, sun, showers, breeze and highs in the low-50s kept the pangs at bay for Central Coast residents. For dessert, a dazzling sunset capped the daylight menu. Overnight, the break-up of sky cover continued and the mercury dipped just below 40F. This morning it was completely clear, except for a few patches of fog, and the wind was light.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 55F/42F/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 50F/37F/0.01”
Newport: 52F/37F/0.06”
Waldport: 53F/38F/0.01”
Yachats: 52F/39F/0.05”

Forecast: You’ve earned it... a day or three of sunshine and dry weather. With the bashing we’ve taken in the last few weeks, a stretch of dry weather and sunshine should warm the cockles of your heart. Sunny today with a high near 60F, but as usual during clear Winter days, we’ll have to contend with east winds of 15-20 mph. Tonight, if you’re going to the Newport Public Library to catch the 1935 classic film, “David Copperfield,” you can expect mostly clear skies; the low overnight, 45F or so. And, it doesn’t look like today’s dry weather is a fluke. The next two or three days should follow suit. Sunny again tomorrow, high about 60F with northeast winds 15-20 mph gusting 25. Outlook is for mostly sunny on Thursday, cooler, high about 55F. Then, a bump in the road on Friday with mostly cloudy skies and a 50-50 chance of rain. Back to mostly sunny and 60F for Saturday, but a return to showers is possible on Sunday.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with spots of ice and temperatures around freezing; warming to near 60F this afternoon. Highway 101 along the Central Coast may have icy spots, but currently no delays. Valley destinations have mostly bare pavement with frost in spots and warm sunshine forecast today. Corvallis is under a Dense Fog Advisory this morning. In the Cascades, highway passes are about 25F with spots of ice and packed snow. The freezing level is 5,000 feet, climbing to 8,000 feet tonight. Carry chains or traction tires.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 113”, a gain of 10” since yesterday, or 72% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 1/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 11/111/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 7/111/Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/29/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 4/73/Powder

Marine: Fairly benign conditions this morning at sea with E winds under 10 knots and wave heights about 7 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. For today, N winds 10-15 knots, seas 6-7 feet. An increase in N winds tonight to 15-20 knots, seas 5 feet. Tomorrow, NE winds 10-15 knots, but the arrival of a deep ocean swell train will push seas up to 12-13 feet. Outlook is for those seas to subside to 10 feet on Thursday with NW winds 10 knots. Southerlies 10-15 knots are forecast for Friday and Saturday, with seas 9-12 feet. NOTE: If your offshore voyages take you up to the Columbia River, you should know that the US Coast Guard will be adding a Synthetic AIS (Automatic Identification System) identifier to the Columbia River Approach Lighted Whistle Buoy “CR” (LLNR 690). This will not replace the physical buoy but will be broadcast from an AIS Base Station to coincide with the existing physical aid to navigation. Vessels with AIS capable systems will be able to see the symbols and other information on their displays. The future has arrived.

On the Beach... Sunny, breezy, surf 5-6 feet (low).
Tides
03/11 Tue 09:20 AM 7.3 H
03/11 Tue 04:16 PM 0.91 L
03/11 Tue 10:59 PM 6.49 H
03/12 Wed 04:18 AM 3.18 L

In Short: Clear, east winds, then a chance of showers.

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Pea Soup

By: NewportOr, 3:04 PM GMT on March 10, 2014

Monday, Mar. 10th – Lincoln County

Summary: Sunday was a good day for a hearty bowl of the proverbial pea soup. We were socked in as relatively dense and consistent fog permeated the Central Coast after the door slammed shut on the latest storm. Winds went completely calm, and with all the moisture on and in the ground, humidity hit a hundred percent and stayed that way all day. Visibility was under a quarter mile at times, temps were in the mid-50s, and light rain showers compounded the dampness. The fog evaporated about 3:00am this morning as a NW wind developed. There were gusts to 30 mph just before daybreak, and lows dropped into the mid-40s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 58F/50F/0.21”
Depoe Bay: 51F/48F/0.02”
Newport: 52F/46F/0.08”
Waldport: 55F/48F/0.11”
Yachats: 55F/48F/0.11”

Forecast: It’ll be one of those ‘tweeners today as moist, unstable air slowly filters out and dry, stable weather leisurely works its way in. Look for a wide assortment of clouds, showers, possible thunderstorms, sunbreaks, brisk northwest winds and a high around 50F. Tonight, the clouds dissipate further and the mercury drops to 40F or a bit lower. Tomorrow, you’ll need your shades as we’re expecting sunny skies and a high near 60F, with a bit of east wind. Ditto for Wednesday. Outlook is for mostly clear again on Thursday, high about 60F. Friday there’s a chance of showers, but it appears to be a minor disturbance and we should be back to at least partly sunny over the weekend.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with wet pavement and temperatures in the low-40s; showers and a high of 50F is the mountain forecast today. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is wet with no delays. Valley destinations have wet pavement and showers. In the Cascades, a Winter Weather Advisory is posted through 4:00pm for 2-3 inches of snow at the passes. Highways are near freezing with rain, snow and slush this morning. The snow level is 4,000 feet, dropping to 3,000 feet today. Carry chains or traction tires.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 103”, a loss of 2” since yesterday, or 70% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 2/104/Wet
Mt Hood Meadows 1/106/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/37/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 0/73/Powder

Cascadia: A powerful magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck on the south end of the Cascadia Subduction Zone at 10:18pm last night about 50 miles west of Eureka, California. In Oregon, the tremor was felt at Gold Beach, Brookings, North Bend, Corvallis, Eugene, McMinnville, Portland and many other locations; there were no reports from the Central Coast. A tsunami was not generated.

Marine: The breeze has come around to the NW this morning at 10-15 knots and seas are holding just under 10 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for all recreational vessels and uninspected passenger vessels 36 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. The pattern of NW flow with winds 10-15 knots and some higher gusts is expected to continue today with seas dropping to about 7 feet. N winds tonight, 10 knots gusting 15, seas 6-7 feet. Tomorrow, a bit of offshore NE breeze 10-15 knots gusting 20 and seas remaining 6 feet or so. Outlook is for northerlies 5-15 knots with gusts to 20 through Thursday, wave heights building to 12-13 feet Wednesday, subsiding Thursday. S winds on Friday with a W swell about 9 feet.

On the Beach... Showers, breezy, surf 7-8 feet (moderate).
Tides
03/10 Mon 08:16 AM 7.25 H
03/10 Mon 03:26 PM 1.09 L
03/10 Mon 10:16 PM 6.18 H
03/11 Tue 03:22 AM 3.56 L

In Short: Showers, mostly cloudy, cooler, then clearing.

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Settling Down

By: NewportOr, 3:14 PM GMT on March 09, 2014

Sunday, Mar. 9th – Lincoln County

Summary: The judges would probably give the latest storm a 6 on a scale of 10. Not the biggest blow this Winter, but nevertheless substantial. A coastal jet [see Weather Factoid below] developed as predicted and funneled a lot of breeze and precipitation through our area late yesterday and overnight. Lincoln City won the gold in both categories – peak wind gust and heaviest rainfall. Winds continued overnight, but dropped off quickly about 4:00am. At daybreak, it was still raining and winds had gone nearly calm. The good news is that this storm was shorter than most, by at least an hour, because we moved our clocks ahead to Daylight Time this morning.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Wind Gust/Rainfall...
Lincoln City: 57F/51F/55mph/1.88”
Depoe Bay: 56F/50F/46mph/1.34”
Newport: 59F/46F/47mph/1.54”
Waldport: 61F/48F/37mph/1.37”
Yachats: 59F/48F/45mph/1.81”

Forecast: Conditions are rapidly settling down but remain unstable with more showers on the way today, areas of fog, light southwest winds and a high about 55F. There is a continuing threat of landslides, especially near steep hillsides. For tonight, showers are likely with a chance for thunderstorms and small hail, low near 45F, and light to calm winds. We start the workweek tomorrow mostly cloudy with odds better than 50-50 for additional showers, northwest winds 5-10 mph and a high around 50F. Outlook is for drying, and mostly sunny days, Tuesday through Thursday, with light north winds, highs of 55-60F and overnight lows of 40-45F under clear skies. Next chance of rain is Friday.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with wet pavement and temperatures in the upper-40s. Landslides are not out of the question today on Coast-to-Valley highways. Highway 101 along the Central Coast has no delays. Valley destinations have wet pavement, showers and are under a Flood Watch today for localized high water on highways near streams, rivers and low spots. In the Cascades, highways are near 40F with wet pavement and rain showers. The snow level is 6,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for rain showers through tonight on Coast Range highways and in the Valley. On Cascade highways, rain showers today, but the snow level drops to near pass level by tonight.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 105”, a loss of 3” since yesterday, or 73% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 0/104/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 0/107/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/37/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 1/73/Powder

Marine: The wind dropped off significantly this morning, to WSW 10-15 knots, with the passage of the storm front; seas are still beefy at 12-13 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for all recreational vessels and uninspected passenger vessels 36 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 30 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this evening with swell heights 12-14 feet. Winds are forecast to fade today, becoming SW 5-10 knots with occasional gusts to 15. Tonight, SW wind just 5 knots, seas dropping to 10 feet. A switch to NW wind is forecast tomorrow, 10-15 knots gusting 20, and seas fall to 8 feet. Outlook is for a fair weather pattern with northerlies 5-15 knots for the rest of the week, although seas are expected to briefly rise again to 12-14 feet on Wednesday, subsiding to 10 feet Thursday.

On the Beach... Showers, light wind, surf 9-12 feet (moderate).
Tides
03/09 Sun 09:17 PM 5.92 H
03/10 Mon 02:12 AM 3.76 L
03/10 Mon 08:16 AM 7.25 H
03/10 Mon 03:26 PM 1.09 L

In Short: Showers, light wind, then drying and clearing.

Weather Factoid: Why do storm winds typically blow stronger at the coast than in the Willamette Valley or just a few miles offshore on the ocean? This phenomenon is due to something meteorologists call a ‘coastal jet.’ As southwesterly storm winds arrive, they get banked-up against the Coast Range, deflected to the north and then squished into a narrow zone over beaches, headlands and our coastal communities. This scenario leads to peak winds trending higher right where we live, at the dividing line between the unobstructed ocean and the obstructing mountains.

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High Wind & Heavy Rain (Again)

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

Saturday, Mar. 8th – Lincoln County

Summary: Well, that was nice while it lasted. Lots of sunshine, nearly calm winds, no measureable precipitation and highs around 60F yesterday gave Central Coast residents a short-lived break from the stormy weather. Waldport recorded the highest temperature at 61F. After a cloudy morning, the overcast broke into small and manageable pieces, and a dry, sunny day ensued. Clouds started filtering in around sunset and overnight completely covered the sky; lows were in the mid-40s; and there was the merest hint of light rain, with Lincoln City and Yachats recording a tenth of an inch. It was cloudy and calm at daybreak.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 59F/49F
Depoe Bay: 56F/45F
Newport: 59F/43F
Waldport: 61F/45F
Yachats: 58F/47F

Forecast: A strong Pacific front will move across the Central Coast and Coast Range today and tonight, causing strong winds and heavy rain. The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning in effect from 2:00pm this afternoon through 4:00am tomorrow morning.

Winds in Central Coast communities are predicted to be south at 25-35 mph with gusts of 50-60 mph; near beaches and headlands, 30-40 mph with gusts of 60-70 mph. Peak winds are expected during the late afternoon and evening hours. Winds will begin decreasing a few hours after midnight on Sunday morning. The high winds may cause tree damage and result in local power disruptions. Travel may be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. And, another 1-2 inches of rain associated with this weather system may cause localized flooding of low spots and roadways. With the ground already saturated from previous heavy rainfall, more landslides are also possible. We will continue to monitor this storm and provide updates as needed.

Outlook is for showers tomorrow with much lighter winds, southwest at 10 mph, and a high around 55F. Showers remain likely tomorrow night and Monday, low 45F, high 55F. Clearing with sunshine, light winds and a high of 55-60F for Tuesday. A slight chance of showers, with a mix of sun and clouds, and light winds are forecast for the remainder of the week.

Time: Don’t forget to spring forward. Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00am Sunday morning, so set your clocks ahead an hour before you turn in tonight.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with bare pavement and temperatures in the low-40s. Travel could become hazardous during high winds and heavy rain this afternoon and evening, with the possibility of landslides, downed trees, limbs and power lines. Highway 101 along the Central Coast has no delays, but high winds may make travel unsafe later today and tonight for high profile vehicles like RVs and trucks, especially on bridges and overpasses. Valley destinations have dry pavement, but are expecting rain later today and highs near 60F. In the Cascades, highways are near freezing and have spots of ice. The snow level is 8,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for rain showers tomorrow and tomorrow night on Coast Range highways and in the Valley. On Cascade highways, rainy and breezy tonight, rain showers Sunday, but the snow level drops to pass level by Sunday night.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 108”, a loss of 1” since yesterday, or 72% of normal. Weekly snow total, +3”; difference from last year, -17”; deviation from 30 year average, -16”.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 4/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 4/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 0/109/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 7/110/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/37/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 4/86/Powder

Marine: Offshore at Stonewall Bank this morning, S winds have picked up to 15-20 knots and seas are around 7 feet. Conditions are lighter near shore. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 20 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for S winds to 25 knots is in effect until 10:00am this morning, at which point it morphs into a Gale Warning through late tonight. S winds rising to 25-30 knots gusting 40, seas building to 12 feet. Tonight, S winds 30-35 knots gusting 45, easing after midnight to 30 knots, combined seas 17 feet. For Sunday, SW winds 5-10 knots gusting to 15 with wave heights falling to 13 feet. Outlook is for a light W to NW breeze 5-15 knots Monday through Wednesday, seas subsiding to 9-11 feet.

On the Beach... Rainy, extremely windy, surf 7-13 feet (moderate).
Tides
03/08 Sat 12:14 PM 1.19 L
03/08 Sat 07:00 PM 5.83 H
03/08 Sat 11:53 PM 3.68 L
03/09 Sun 07:07 AM 7.39 H

In Short: Heavy rain, high winds, showers, then clearing.

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The Pause Button

By: NewportOr, 4:15 PM GMT on March 07, 2014

Friday, Mar. 7th – Lincoln County

Summary: Our latest storm is now in the book. The heaviest rain and strongest winds came early yesterday morning but were over by about 9:00am. Still, southwest winds 20-25 mph gusting 30 blew until dusk. Rainfall tapered off throughout the day with totals of around a quarter inch. Cloud cover continued, but at least very little moisture was leaking out. High and low temperatures were nearly steady around 50F. Overnight, there was drizzle and light rain at times with patches of fog developing early this morning. Daybreak winds of 10-12 knots essentially felt calm after yesterday’s blow.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 54F/50F/0.37”
Depoe Bay: 52F/49F/0.10”
Newport: 52F/50F/0.25”
Waldport: 53F/49F/0.06”
Yachats: 52F/48F/0.27”

Forecast: The pause button has been pushed; and, as advertised, you’ll get a good look at our nearest star today. A mix of sun and clouds, light winds and a high near 60F will sanction extended trips outside of our lairs. Tonight, if you’re headed out to see “The Big Five-Oh” at Theatre West in Lincoln City, it should be dry with mostly cloudy skies. Overnight, overcast with a low of 45F or so. Tomorrow, the resume button gets pressed and we’re in for another round of rain, possibly heavy at times, and southerly winds ramping up to 20-25 mph gusting to 40 by nightfall. Outlook is for showers on Sunday, high near 50F, and southerly winds 10-15 mph. There’s a 50-50 chance of showers on Monday, and then we get to tap the stop button for a longer-term break in the extremely wet weather. Tuesday, mostly sunny, high 55F, followed by partly to mostly clear skies and minimal chances of showers through the remainder of the work week.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with wet pavement, light rain showers and temperatures in the mid-40s; partly cloudy and dry this afternoon. Highway 101 along the Central Coast has no delays. Valley destinations have damp pavement with partly clear skies and forecast highs near 60F today. In the Cascades, Highway 20 has slush and snow at Santiam Pass; Highway 26 at Government Camp is bare pavement; partly sunny today with the snow level at 4,500 feet, rising above the passes by tonight. Outlook for weekend travelers is for rain in the Coast Range and Valley by tomorrow afternoon, lasting through Sunday. In the Cascades, rain developing tomorrow with the snow level remaining above highway passes through Sunday night.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 109”, a gain of 6” since yesterday, or 73% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 4/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 4/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 4/109/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 7/110/Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/47/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 13/86/Powder

Marine: Conditions are finally moderating somewhat this morning, with S winds down to 10-15 knots but seas remain elevated at 11-12 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 30 feet and less, and for uninspected passenger vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 40 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect until 2:00pm this afternoon for hazardous seas to 13 feet, before subsiding to 9 feet late today. The breeze is forecast to drop to S 5-10 knots before nightfall. But this lull will be short-lived as another weather front comes in tomorrow packing southerlies 15-25 knots, possibly reaching gale force, and wind waves building to 5 feet on top of a 10-12 foot swell. These conditions are expected to last through Saturday night. Outlook is for decreasing S winds on Sunday, 10-15 knots, with seas dropping to 9-10 feet. Monday and Tuesday, NW winds 5-10 knots, wave heights slowly subsiding to 8 feet or so.

On the Beach... Sun and clouds, light wind, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
Tides
03/07 Fri 11:05 AM 1.0 L
03/07 Fri 05:38 PM 6.03 H
03/07 Fri 10:44 PM 3.3 L
03/08 Sat 05:03 AM 7.73 H

In Short: Partial clearing, rainy and windy, then sunshine.

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Winding Down

By: NewportOr, 4:03 PM GMT on March 06, 2014

Thursday, Mar. 6th – Lincoln County

Summary: Even though we’ve been hardened by a full six-pack of severe storms this Winter, the current one was certainly no sleeper. Winds generally peaked near 60 mph in Central Coast communities, with 68 mph on the Yaquina Bay Bridge and 88 mph at Mary’s Peak southeast of Newport. Rainfall totals were higher than with some of our other recent storms as we received nearly two inches since yesterday morning. Storm damage included several downed utility lines, trees and limbs; standing water was reported in spots; and a landslide closed Highway 34 for several hours. The wind was still blowing strong at daybreak, gusting to 55 mph or so, but the steady rain began turning to showers.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust...
Lincoln City: 57F/53F/1.99”/61 mph
Depoe Bay: 56F/51F/1.41”/51 mph
Newport: 59F/52F/1.45”/58 mph
Waldport: 59F/51F/1.51”/58 mph
Yachats: 60F/51F/1.82”/57 mph

Forecast: A High Wind Warning remains in effect until 10:00am this morning for the Central Coast. South winds steady at 30-40 mph with gusts 60-70 mph. The strongest winds will be on exposed beaches and headlands. Localized power outages and downed trees and power lines are possible. The breeze should be easing through the day to 25-35 mph by this afternoon, highs near 55F, a chance of thunderstorms and another quarter to half inch of rain. Tonight, mostly cloudy with a few showers, southwest winds 15-20 mph gusting 30, low of 45F. Tomorrow, we get a break; there’s only a slight chance of showers, light winds, partly sunny and highs 55-60F. Outlook is for a short-lived hiatus, Friday night into Saturday morning, before the next storm system arrives bringing another deluge, but much less wind. Rain, heavy at times, is forecast for Saturday night through Sunday, showers Monday, and drying with at least partly sunny skies Tuesday and Wednesday. High temperatures 55-60F, lows 45-50F.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with wet pavement, rain, wind and temperatures in the upper-40s. Highway 101 along the Central Coast has no delays, but motorists in high-profile vehicles like RVs and trucks should be aware of strong winds early today which could make travel hazardous especially on bridges and overpasses. Valley destinations have a Wind Advisory in effect until 3:00pm today, wet pavement, rain and forecast highs near 60F. In the Cascades, a Winter Weather Advisory is posted for 4-8 inches of snow in the passes later today and tonight, along with gusty winds. Cascade highways currently have snow flurries, slush and temps in the upper-30s. The snow level drops to 4,500 feet today.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 103”, a loss of 5” since yesterday, or 72% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 0/106/Wet
Mt Hood Meadows 0/106/Variable
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/47/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 1/73/Powder

Marine: S winds remain high at 35-45 knots and combined seas have built to 18 feet this morning. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Storm Warning is in effect until 10:00am for S winds 30-40 knots gusting to 50, seas 18 feet. By this afternoon, winds are expected to diminish to 20-25 knots gusting 30, but seas remain 17-18 feet. For tomorrow, S winds down to 10 knots with gusts to 15, seas subsiding to 10 feet. Outlook is for light SE wind early Saturday, but rising with another front to S 20-25 knots gusting 30 Saturday night, seas 9-10 feet. Sunday and Monday, wave heights back up to 12-15 feet, SW winds easing to 10-15 knots.

On the Beach... Rain, windy, surf 15-18 feet (moderate).
Tides
03/06 Thu 10:04 AM 0.72 L
03/06 Thu 04:25 PM 6.53 H
03/06 Thu 09:48 PM 2.7 L
03/07 Fri 04:09 AM 8.18 H

In Short: Rain, windy, then drying, sunbreaks, more rain.

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High Winds & Heavy Rain

By: NewportOr, 4:06 PM GMT on March 05, 2014

Wednesday, Mar. 5th – Lincoln County

Summary: And so it begins... The leading edge of our latest storm system has arrived. Rain started about 10:30pm last night, and southerly winds roared in around 1:00am, jumping from calm to gusts of 35 mph in a little over one hour. Lincoln City and Newport (Yaquina Bay Bridge) have already had gusts to 48 mph. Up on Mary’s Peak (southeast of Newport at 4,137 feet of elevation), a gust of 72 mph has been reported. Rainfall amounts are nothing to sneeze at, either, with generally over half an inch so far (and the storm is just commencing). At daybreak, it’s blowing and raining with the mercury at 52F.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust...
Lincoln City: 60F/52F/0.55”/48 mph
Depoe Bay: 56F/50F/0.64”/37 mph
Newport (Airport): 59F/50F/0.55”/40 mph
Waldport: 58F/51F/0.71”/40 mph
Yachats: 58F/51F/0.66”/43 mph

Forecast: A High Wind Warning remains in effect from 2:00pm this afternoon to 10:00am tomorrow morning for the Central Coast.

Steady southwest winds are expected to increase to 25-40 mph by this afternoon, gusts of 55-65 mph with the strongest on exposed beaches and headlands. Late tonight and tomorrow morning wind gusts of 65-70 mph are likely on the exposed beaches and headlands. Gusty winds this afternoon and evening will ease back a bit overnight, but increase again late tonight into early Thursday. Localized power outages and downed trees are possible. Travel may be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. An updated Special Weather Statement this morning projects rainfall amounts during the next two days at between 1 and 2 inches for Central Coast communities, and 3 to 4 inches in the Coast Range, locally up to 6 inches in areas receiving the heaviest showers. No major flooding is expected, but some low spots and streets may see high water. A chance of landslides is also a risk.

We are closely monitoring this storm and will update our reports as needed over the next couple of days.

Outlook is for conditions to moderate substantially on Friday. Mostly to partly cloudy skies, high 55-60F and light winds. Rain returns over the weekend, maybe heavy at times, winds back up to southwest 25-35 mph, with high and low temperatures in the 50s.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with wet pavement, rain, wind, patchy fog and temperatures in the upper-40s. Wind and rain are expected to increase substantially later today. Highway 101 along the Central Coast has no delays, but motorists in high-profile vehicles like RVs and trucks should be aware of strong winds which could make travel hazardous especially on bridges and overpasses. Valley destinations have wet pavement, rain and forecast highs near 60F. In the Cascades, highways have mostly bare pavement and temps in the 40s. The snow level is well above the passes at 7,000 feet. Up to a foot of snow is forecast in the passes tomorrow. Carry chains or traction tires.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 108”, a loss of 2” since yesterday, or 73% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 1/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 0/106/Wet
Mt Hood Meadows 3/110/Wet
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/47/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 5/73/Powder

Marine: Commercial fishermen might as well go to the meeting today, from 10:00am to noon at Englund Marine in Newport, to learn about new safety requirements for vessels and crews, because it’s rough out there on the ocean. SSW winds are already up to 20-25 knots and seas are approaching 11 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 40 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for winds S 20-25 knots is in effect until 1:00pm this afternoon, at which point it turns into a Gale Warning as winds increase to S 25-30 knots gusting 40, seas about 10 feet. The gale continues overnight with even stronger winds, S 30-35 knots gusting 45 and wave heights rising to 15 feet. Tomorrow, SW winds 30-35 knots gusting to 45 early in the day, then easing to 25-30 knots in the afternoon; combined seas building to 20 feet or higher. Outlook is for decreasing seas and breeze on Friday, but winds back up to 25-30 knots on Saturday, 15-20 knots on Sunday with seas through the period staying around 10-15 feet.

On the Beach... Rainy, very windy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
Tides
03/05 Wed 09:08 AM 0.45 L
03/05 Wed 03:24 PM 7.19 H
03/05 Wed 09:02 PM 1.98 L
03/06 Thu 03:22 AM 8.64 H

In Short: Heavy rain, high wind, then unsettled.

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A Double Whammy

By: NewportOr, 4:12 PM GMT on March 04, 2014

Tuesday, Mar. 4th – Lincoln County

Summary: Kind of blah weather yesterday with cloudy skies and windshield wipers on delay. Temperatures were almost steady at 50F; rainfall was generally below measureable criteria, except for a couple of places where heavier showers passed through, dumping their load; and winds were southerly 15-25 mph with a peak gust of 36 on the Yaquina Bay Bridge. This morning we awoke to overcast skies, fog in spots, fairly light winds and a ‘low’ of 50F.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 54F/50F
Depoe Bay: 51F/49F
Newport: 52F/50F
Waldport: 53F/51F
Yachats: 52F/50F

Forecast: We’re on a sluggish run-up to stormy weather. A good chance of light rain showers today, south-southwest winds 15-20 mph gusting 25, and warm with a high near 60F. By tonight, expect increasing rain with up to an inch, winds 10-15 mph gusting 20 or so and a low of 50F. Tomorrow, expect the first part of a double whammy. A Special Weather Statement issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect for windy conditions and periods of heavier rain. Two distinct storm systems will bring wet, mild and occasionally windy weather to the Central Coast on Wednesday and Thursday. Heavy rain may be enough to bring some flooding to area streams and rivers by Thursday. Up to 3 inches of rain should be common between now and the end of Thursday for the Central Coast, and two-day rainfall totals may approach 4-8 inches across the higher terrain of the Coast Range. Already saturated ground adds an increased risk of landslides, too. In addition, the two low pressure systems will bring occasional high winds to beaches, headlands and coastal communities possibly as early as tonight, but more likely late Wednesday night into Thursday. Winds could gust 50-60 mph at times on Wednesday, possibly even higher on Thursday. Coupled with the wet conditions of late, the high winds may make downed trees more likely than normal. High and low temperatures through the stormy period will be in the low-50s. Outlook is for a mostly dry Friday, some sunbreaks, light winds and a high about 55F. Then, a few showers on Saturday and back to rain on Sunday.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with wet pavement, light rain showers, patchy fog and temperatures in the low-40s warming to 55F today. Highway 101 along the Central Coast has no delays. Valley destinations have damp pavement, a chance of showers and forecast highs of 60F. In the Cascades, highways have mostly bare pavement, a few icy spots and a 50-50 chance of snow showers today. The snow level is near the passes at 5,000 feet, but should rise above the highways to 6,000 feet by tonight. Carry chains or traction tires.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 110”, a gain of 4” since yesterday, or 75% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 0/60/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/36/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 3/112/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 3/112/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/47/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 5/132/Powder

Marine: S winds 10-15 knots and seas around 9 feet face mariners this morning. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 30 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory goes into effect this evening through tomorrow morning for S winds rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30 and choppy seas 7-8 feet. The same conditions are expected through much of tomorrow. Outlook is for gale force winds tomorrow night, S 30-35 knots and combined seas 14 feet. On Thursday, a full gale with S winds increasing to 40 knots with possible storm force gusts in the 50s, seas building to 20 feet or higher. Slowly easing conditions are forecast for Friday, but stronger winds return Saturday and Sunday. NOTE: All commercial fishermen are invited to a meeting with Oregon Sea Grant educators who will talk about the major changes to safety requirements for commercial fishing vessels and crews. The next meeting is tomorrow, March 5th, from 10:00am to noon at Englund Marine in Newport. Another meeting is planned for April 10th, same place and time.

On the Beach... Showers, light wind, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
Tides
03/04 Tue 08:16 AM 0.3 L
03/04 Tue 02:29 PM 7.91 H
03/04 Tue 08:19 PM 1.21 L
03/05 Wed 02:38 AM 9.01 H

In Short: Cloudy, chance of showers, then stormy.

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A Stern Reminder

By: NewportOr, 4:03 PM GMT on March 03, 2014

Monday, Mar. 3rd – Lincoln County

Summary: The last 24 hours have been a stern reminder of exactly which season is still shaping our weather. But, it could be worse. It was in early March of 2012 that a surprise Winter storm buried the Central Coast under 4-6 inches of heavy, wet snow, which took down trees and power lines, closed schools and businesses, and brought travel to a standstill. So, our current weather is ‘only’ a typical coastal Winter storm with about three-quarters of an inch of rain and gusty south winds. The highest gust on the Central Coast was 54 mph at the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport. At daybreak, both winds and rain have lightened up, and temps were in the low-50s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust...
Lincoln City: 53F/51F/0.74”/41 mph
Depoe Bay: 51F/49F/0.71”/41 mph
Newport: 52F/50F/0.76”/46 mph
Waldport: 52F/51F/0.63”/48 mph
Yachats: 53F/51F/0.84”/44 mph

Forecast: The atmospheric Cuisinart will be running on high today creating a blend of showers, possible thunderstorms, winds south 35-40 mph, and a high of 55F. The breeze should be easing later today and tonight, down to 15-25 mph, with rainfall tapering off as well. Rain is likely again tomorrow, southerly winds dropping to 20 mph or so, and a high in the upper-50s. Outlook for what’s on tap later this week is summed up in a Special Weather Statement issued by the National Weather Service this morning. A prolonged period of wet, mild and occasionally windy weather is taking shape for the Central Coast and other areas of Western Oregon. Very heavy rain and strong winds are headed this way. The rain may become heavy enough to bring the threat of flooding to streams and rivers by Thursday, maybe sooner, and with the ground already saturated, landslides will be something to consider as well. The storm system of the past couple of days pales in comparison to what is expected to impact our area Tuesday night through Thursday. The latest forecast models suggest two distinct, very strong frontal systems moving in. Each storm will bring heavy rain with overall totals approaching 2-4 inches on the Central Coast, but as much as 4-8 inches in the Coast Range. Very strong coastal winds are also projected during this timeframe. High and low temperatures through the week will be between 45F and 55F.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with wet pavement, rain showers and temperatures in the 40s warming to 55F today. Highway 101 along the Central Coast has no delays. Valley destinations will be wet today with showers and forecast highs of 55F. In the Cascades, Highway 20 has spots of ice and snow flurries at Santiam Pass; Highway 26 at Government Camp has wet pavement with rain. The snow level is near the passes at 5,000 feet. Carry chains or traction tires.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 106”, a gain of 1” since yesterday, or 75% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 0/60/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 1/36/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 7/111/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 5/106/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 3/45/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 7/131/Powder

Marine: It’s not pretty out there this morning. S winds are 20-25 knots with higher gusts and seas are above 9 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 26 feet and less, and for uninspected passenger vessels 20 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 30 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory is posted for S winds gusting to 30 knots through this afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas 9-11 feet with 6 foot wind waves is in effect through late tonight. The breeze eases to SW 15-20 knots this afternoon, seas remaining around 10 feet and there’s a chance of thunderstorms. Tomorrow, SW wind 10-15 knots, seas 10 feet. Outlook is for S wind increasing Tuesday night to 20-25 knots, seas around 8 feet. For Wednesday and Thursday, two strong weather fronts are coming in with gales and wave heights rising to 12-15 feet, possibly approaching 20 feet.

On the Beach... Showers, windy, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
Tides
03/03 Mon 01:37 PM 8.59 H
03/03 Mon 07:38 PM 0.47 L
03/04 Tue 01:58 AM 9.24 H
03/04 Tue 08:16 AM 0.3 L

In Short: Showers, windy, then very stormy.

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The Rain Train

By: NewportOr, 4:10 PM GMT on March 01, 2014

Saturday, Mar. 1st – Lincoln County

Summary: We’re just three weeks away from the beginning of Spring and it’s green-up time. Area lawns are already begging for a trim, and that task could have been accomplished yesterday under partly cloudy skies with highs in the mid-60s. But it appears most folks didn’t choose not to burn a sunny TGIF to mow the grass. Meanwhile, clammers out for the minus tide early in the evening still had good daylight as the thickening clouds didn’t become complete overcast until just after dark. A smidge of rain overnight with lows temps in the mid-40s. This morning it was raining lightly, winds were calm, and the mercury was hovering around 50F.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 63F/49F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 65F/43F/0.01”
Newport: 64F/46F/0.03”
Waldport: 66F/47F/0.03”
Yachats: 62F/48F/0.01”

Forecast: Hop aboard the Rain Train; your ticket gets punched today and is valid for the entire week. You’ll need a light raincoat on your way to the train’s first stop today at the Newport Farmers Market re-opening at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. Highs this afternoon in the low-50s with light southerly winds. When the train arrives in Yachats this evening for the Mardi Gras Starlight Costume Parade at the Commons, keep your umbrella handy, you’ll need it. Tomorrow, it’s a good thing the Lincoln City Farmers Market is inside. When the Rain Train stops at the Cultural Center, you’ll have to make a dash indoors due to heavier precipitation; up to half an inch is forecast for Sunday. Outlook is for rumbling down the storm track tomorrow night into Monday, with up to an inch of rain and southwest winds 20-25 mph gusting to 35 or higher. Wet and windy the rest of the week, so keep your ticket handy.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open with wet pavement, light rain and temperatures around 40F warming to 50F today. Highway 101 along the Central Coast has no delays. Valley destinations are wet this morning with light rain and forecast highs today of 45-50F. Portland is under a Wind Advisory through tonight for easterly gusts to 45 mph. In the Cascades, Highway 26 is below freezing with spots of ice at Government Camp. Carry chains or traction tires. Highway 20 has packed snow with chains or traction tires required at Tombstone west of Santiam Pass. The snow level is near the passes at 5,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for wet and breezy conditions on the Coast Range highways and in the Valley. Traversing the Cascades will be hazardous today, tonight and tomorrow with several inches of snow and occasional freezing rain. The freezing level is 4,000 feet but dropping to 2,500 feet, well below the passes, tonight.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 103”, a loss of 2” since yesterday, or 72% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 3/105/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 0/103/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/45/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 0/123/Powder

Marine: Conditions are reasonable this morning offshore. The wind has come around to the S 10-15 knots and seas are down to 5 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Though winds are expected to remain moderate today and tonight, S at 5-15 knots, it’s going to get lumpy with a confused sea. Two 6 foot swells sets, one from the W and the other from S, are arriving simultaneously. Tomorrow, seas stay around 6 feet, but by afternoon the breeze starts ramping up to 15-25 knots. Outlook is for a snotty week ahead. S winds 20-30 knots with higher gusts, potential gales, and wave heights rising to 10-12 feet, possibly 15 feet, by mid-week.

On the Beach... Rain, light wind, surf 4-5 feet (low).
Tides
03/01 Sat 11:55 AM 9.46 H
03/01 Sat 06:16 PM -0.64 L
03/02 Sun 12:39 AM 9.1 H
03/02 Sun 06:37 AM 0.57 L

In Short: Light rain, light wind, then stormy.

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