Central Oregon Coast Weather

Vivaldi's Week

By: NewportOr, 3:12 PM GMT on April 29, 2014

Tuesday, Apr. 29th – Lincoln County

Summary: The Central Coast workweek got off to a bright and dry start yesterday with mostly sunny skies early followed by a thin overcast that developed toward late afternoon and lasted into the evening. Northwest breezes were less than 15 mph and no measureable precipitation was recorded. The thermometer climbed to around 60F. Overnight, the last of the high clouds dissipated about 4:30am. At daybreak, skies were mostly clear, it was a little hazy over the ocean, lows dipped into the mid-40s and a light northeast wind ruffled the leaves.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 62F/42F
Depoe Bay: 60F/43F
Newport: 57F/43F
Waldport: 61F/44F
Yachats: 58F/44F

Forecast: Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’ would be ideal background music for the next few days. Starting today with Spring – sunny, highs of 65-70F. Tomorrow, it’s Summer – full-on sunshine with highs of 75-80F. Friday, the featured selection should be Autumn – cooling to the mid-50s and a chance of showers. Saturday and Sunday, it’ll be time to play Winter – a weather system is expected to pay us a visit with increasing chances of rain and much cooler temps, struggling to reach the low-50s.

Travel: In the Coast Range, mostly sunny with temps warming to 70-80F. Valley destinations are expecting sunny skies and highs of 75-80F. For the Cascades, sunshine today with the freezing level at 8,000 feet, rising to 10,000 feet. An Avalanche Warning is in effect for the backcountry through tomorrow.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 135”, a loss of 6” since yesterday, or 84% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Mt Bachelor 0/117/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 0/119/Packed Powder
Timberline 0/170/Packed Powder

Marine: Big changes offshore this morning as the wind is down to a breath, ESE 5 knots, and seas have fallen to 6 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. For today, the ESE breeze backs to NE 5-10 knots and the swell hovers around 6-8 feet. Tonight, N wind 10-15 knots gusting 20 with 6 foot seas and 3 foot wind waves. Tomorrow, bring lots of ice as temps rise to near 80F, NE winds 10-15 knots with wave heights at 6 feet. Outlook is for a wind switch to southerly on Thursday, 5-10 knots and seas 5 feet. A light SW breeze Friday, 10 knots or so, with a 5 foot swell. The next weather system is expected to arrive in local waters on Saturday and Sunday, bringing SW winds 15-20 knots and seas building to 8-12 feet.

On the Beach... Sunny, light breeze, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/29 Tue 01:36 PM 7.33 H
04/29 Tue 07:02 PM 1.78 L
04/30 Wed 01:06 AM 8.93 H
04/30 Wed 07:50 AM -1.26 L

In Short: Mostly clear, quite warm, then cooling and unsettled.

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Summer Around the Corner

By: NewportOr, 3:08 PM GMT on April 28, 2014

Monday, Apr. 28th – Lincoln County

Summary: A wibbly-wobbly atmosphere delivered a mish-mash of sun, clouds and showers yesterday. Southwest winds blew 15-25 mph most of the day. And once again, rainfall amounts varied noticeably with the location of the showers; Lincoln City recorded the most precipitation, Waldport the least. The mercury bubbled up close to 60F, but didn’t quite reach it. Overnight lows dropped to the low-40s, and the sky vacillated between clear and cloudy. At daybreak, it was mostly clear though high clouds were nosing in from offshore.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 58F/45F/0.44”
Depoe Bay: 56F/43F/0.12”
Newport: 54F/41F/0.07”
Waldport: 58F/43F/0.02”
Yachats: 55F/43F/0.13”

Forecast: Summer’s coming, tomorrow. The wet and unstable weather influence we’ve been under hasn’t quite run its course so we’ll see both sunshine and clouds today, highs around 60F and a slight chance of isolated showers through this evening. Mostly sunny skies are expected tomorrow with highs of 65-70F and light winds. Outlook is for near-record high temps on Wednesday, possibly 80F, a little cooler on Thursday, 75F, and then dropping to 60-65F on Friday. More cloud cover, cooler and a chance of showers as we head into the weekend.

Travel: In the Coast Range, spots of ice this morning, then mostly cloudy with temps warming to 60F or so. Valley destinations are expecting partly sunny skies and highs of 60-65F. For the Cascades, highway passes have varying amounts of packed snow and ice this morning; the freezing level is at 4,000 feet, rising to 6,000 feet tonight. Partly sunny skies are forecast today. Carry chains or traction tires.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 141”, a gain of 12” since yesterday, or 84% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Mt Bachelor 8/116/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 3/119/Powder
Timberline 12/175/Powder

Marine: Seas are steep this morning, 12 feet at 12 seconds, but the wind is negligible, under 10 knots out of the ESE. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 26 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect through this evening. SE winds today 5-10 knots with continued short period swells of 10-12 feet. Tonight, wave heights drop to 7 feet and the breeze veers to SW 5-10 knots gusting 15 after midnight. Tomorrow, SE winds 5-10 knots, seas 7 feet. Outlook is for an easterly flow Wednesday, 10-15 knots with the swell down to 5 feet. Back to SW winds Thursday and Friday at 5-10 knots, seas 4 feet.

On the Beach... Sun and clouds, light wind, surf 9-10 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/28 Mon 12:48 PM 7.37 H
04/28 Mon 06:20 PM 1.41 L
04/29 Tue 12:29 AM 9.01 H
04/29 Tue 07:08 AM -1.19 L

In Short: Mixed sky, light wind, then clear and very warm.

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On the Mend

By: NewportOr, 3:08 PM GMT on April 27, 2014

Sunday, Apr. 27th – Lincoln County

Summary: The latest storm sort of moseyed on in yesterday, but when it finally arrived it had plenty of muscle. The highest winds were recorded well before the rain showed up. Southwest winds began blowing steadily at 20-25 mph around 11:00am. The strongest gusts in the area were 58 mph on the Yaquina Bay Bridge and 63 mph at Mary’s Peak. Of our regular community reporting stations, Yachats had the highest blast at 48 mph. Rainfall got going in earnest about 6:00pm and produced accumulations of a quarter to a third of an inch. Steady rain turned to showers overnight with low temps in the low-40s. At dawn, we saw broken overcast, showers (a couple with small hail) and comparatively light winds.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust...
Lincoln City: 55F/41F/0.31”/30mph
Depoe Bay: 55F/42F/0.28”/39mph
Newport: 54F/43F/0.25”/41mph
Waldport: 56F/40F/0.33”/36mph
Yachats: 53F/40F/0.24”/48mph

Forecast: Though at times today it may not seem so, we’re on the mend; the weather is slowly but surely entering a dry and warmer phase. There are still some good-sized hit-or-miss showers around today, but also sunbreaks and a high of 55F for those headed to the Earth Day celebration at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Tonight, there’s a 50-50 chance of showers and the mercury drops to the low-40s. The last of any lingering showers should pass through tomorrow, high 55F. Then, it’s off to the races with mostly sunny skies and temperatures perhaps approaching record highs – Tuesday, 65-70F; Wednesday, 75F; Thursday, 70F. Cooling to 60F for Friday and the weekend with a slight chance of showers making a comeback.

Travel: In the Coast Range, showers today with temps warming to 50F or so. Valley destinations are expecting showers and a high of 55F. For the Cascades, hazardous travel with highway passes covered in packed snow and ice this morning; the freezing level is at 3,000 feet with 2-5 inches of snow forecast today. Carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers in the Coast Range and Valley, showers today and tonight. In the Cascades, the freezing level remains below the passes through tonight and additional snow showers are possible.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 129”, no change since yesterday, or 79% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Mt Bachelor 6/116/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 3/119/Powder
Timberline 7/165/Powder

Marine: WSW winds are still up around 15-20 knots this morning with seas 10 feet and choppy. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 22 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 22 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect until tomorrow afternoon. W winds around 15 knots are expected today with a 10 foot swell and 4 foot wind waves. Tonight, SW winds 5-10 knots, seas 11-12 feet. Tomorrow, a SSE breeze 10-15 knots gusting 20 and wave heights remaining about 10 feet. Outlook is for offshore flow and NE winds Tuesday and Wednesday 10-15 knots with a W swell of 7-8 feet. Thursday, the wind veers to the S 10-15 knots and seas fall to 5 feet.

On the Beach... Showers, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/27 Sun 11:56 AM 7.30 H
04/27 Sun 05:37 PM 1.07 L
04/27 Sun 11:51 PM 8.90 H
04/28 Mon 06:25 AM -0.88 L

In Short: Showers, windy, then clearing and warm.

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One More Blip

By: NewportOr, 3:05 PM GMT on April 26, 2014

Saturday, Apr. 26th – Lincoln County

Summary: Yesterday panned out rather nicely with a mix of mostly sunshine, a few clouds, a couple light showers and an afternoon breeze out of the northwest 10-15 mph. Scattered showers produced fairly light precipitation with the middle section of our area receiving the most wet stuff. The sky was partly to mostly cloudy overnight and lows dipped to the upper-30s. At daybreak, it was spitting a little rain and there were about equal portions of dark clouds and bright blue. The amount of daylight continues to grow as we hit an even 14 hours between sunrise and sunset today.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 59F/40F/0.02”
Depoe Bay: 57F/38F/0.02”
Newport: 52F/36F/0.05”
Waldport: 55F/39F/0.03”
Yachats: 55F/41F/0.01”

Forecast: There’s one more blip on the radar before the weather pattern changes significantly next week. Expect a few showers early today, then an organized low pressure system is bringing increasing steady rainfall this afternoon and tonight with southwest winds ramping up to 20-30 mph gusting 40. Precipitation sums could reach an inch before this storm finds the exit. High today in the low-50s, tonight’s low about 45F. Tomorrow, the rain turns to showers, high 55F and still a smidge breezy. Outlook for Monday is partly sunny, highs approaching 60F. Tuesday through Friday, mostly sunny days and clear nights with the mercury rising to daytime highs near 70F by mid-week, and overnight lows around 50F.

Travel: In the Coast Range, there are icy spots on the highways this morning with temps below freezing, but warming to 50F with showers turning to rain later today. Valley destinations are expecting showers, wind and temps of 55F. For the Cascades, dicey travel as highway passes are icy with stretches of packed snow this morning; the freezing level is at 3,000 feet with a chance for snow showers today. Carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers in the Coast Range and Valley, showers turning to rain and wind later today and tonight, showers tomorrow. In the Cascades, the freezing level remains below the passes through the weekend with snow accumulations of 3-6 inches today and another 1-4 inches tomorrow and tomorrow night.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 129”, no change since yesterday, or 77% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Mt Bachelor 3/114/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 2/117/Spring
Timberline 1/164/Machine Groomed

Cascadia: Two earthquakes of note yesterday in the Cascadia Subduction Zone. One, a 4.8 magnitude shaker 135 miles west of Bandon, occurred at 2:18pm and was felt in a number of Southwest Oregon towns including North Bend. The second temblor struck in the area off Vancouver Island near Port Hardy where a large quake was recorded earlier this week. Thursday’s 4.0 shook that region at 6:19pm.

Marine: It’s the calm before the storm offshore this morning with meager SW winds of 5-10 knots and seas at 8 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 20 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. But, before you shove off, you should be aware of rapidly changing conditions headed our way. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect from 9:00am this morning through this afternoon, at which time it becomes a Gale Warning lasting into late evening. SW winds rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30 today and 8 foot swells with 5 foot wind waves. Tonight, the SW wind builds to 25-30 knots gusting 40 with combined rough seas 10-12 feet. Tomorrow, W winds 20-25 knots, seas in the low teens. Outlook is for light winds on Monday, seas 10-12 feet. Tuesday through Thursday, a N to NE breeze 5-15 knots with swells of 5-8 feet.

On the Beach... Showers, rain, breezy, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/26 Sat 11:00 AM 7.15 H
04/26 Sat 04:51 PM 0.76 L
04/26 Sat 11:12 PM 8.62 H
04/27 Sun 05:39 AM -0.35 L

In Short: Rainy and windy, showers, then clearing and warm.

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A Dangling Carrot

By: NewportOr, 3:16 PM GMT on April 25, 2014

Friday, Apr. 25th – Lincoln County

Summary: A fair amalgam of conditions for the Central Coast yesterday with periods of sunshine, clouds and a few showers. The mercury rose into the mid-50s following morning lows in the low-40s. Southwest winds were 10-15 mph with a few gusts to 25. Rainfall varied with the showers; Waldport recorded the highest amount at just over a quarter of an inch. The heaviest showers rolled through while you slept, at about 1:00am this morning, when the bulk of the precipitation fell. By dawn, there was light rain, light winds and some additional showers on the radar approaching from offshore.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 58F/44F/0.19”
Depoe Bay: 55F/43F/0.13”
Newport: 55F/41F/0.22”
Waldport: 57F/43F/0.26”
Yachats: 56F/43F/0.11”

Forecast: The atmospheric blender is on medium today with a mixed sky, showers, light northwest winds and highs of 55F predicted. Tonight, look for a 50-50 chance of showers before midnight, light winds and a low about 45F. The next, and hopefully last, storm for a while rolls in tomorrow, probably in the early afternoon. This system brings total precipitation of an inch or so and southwest winds 15-25 mph gusting 40 by tomorrow night. High temps 55F, lows of 45F. Then, we’ll dangle a carrot out there as we head into next week. Sunday still looks wet with showers, Monday maybe a couple more before we catch that carrot. Tuesday through Thursday, mostly sunny days, partly cloudy nights and thermometer readings aiming for the warmest so far this year, possibly closing in on 70F.

Travel: In the Coast Range, showers today with highs of 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting showers and temps of 55-60F. For the Cascades, highway passes are wet with spots of ice this morning; the freezing level is at 3,000 feet with a chance for an inch or two of snow on the pavement today. Carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers in the Coast Range and Valley is showers tonight, rain and wind tomorrow, showers on Sunday. In the Cascades, the freezing level remains below the passes all weekend with spots of ice and occasional snow showers.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 129”, a loss of 1” since yesterday, or 77% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Mt Bachelor 5/114/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 2/119/Packed Powder
Timberline 5/164/Powder

Marine: A light WSW breeze this morning at 5-10 knots and seas are around 8 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 22 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect until noon today for lumpy 8-10 footers; winds veering to NW 10 knots. Tonight, the wind backs to SW 5-10 knots and the swell hovers around 8-9 feet. Tomorrow, a front is expected to produce southerlies of 20-25 knots gusting 30 and choppy seas 8 feet with 4 foot wind waves. Outlook is for W wind on Sunday, 15-20 knots easing to 10-15 knots by afternoon; seas building to 10-13 feet. Monday and Tuesday, S winds 5-15 knots with swells of 8-12 feet. NOTE: Several items of interest to Central Coast mariners have become available recently; see Special Notes for Mariners below.

On the Beach... Showers, sunbreaks, light wind, surf 5-8 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/25 Fri 09:57 AM 6.99 H
04/25 Fri 04:02 PM 0.51 L
04/25 Fri 10:30 PM 8.21 H
04/26 Sat 04:50 AM 0.37 L

In Short: Showers, mixed sky, rainy and windy, then clearing and warmer.

Special Notes for Mariners:

* Oregon State University deployed a subsurface to surface research buoy in position 44-39-30.540N, 124-39-30.540W in 82 feet of water on April 21st. The buoy is yellow and displays a flashing yellow four seconds (Fl Y 4s) light when on the surface. This buoy is designed to submerge for the collection of data and then surface to transmit its data. When the buoy is not on the surface it will be near the seafloor. Vessels are asked to not pass closer than 500 yards to the buoy's position.

* OSU has deployed its Nye Beach Research Lighted Buoy in position 44-39-30.168N, 124-05-44.592W. It also has a flashing yellow four seconds (Fl Y 4s) light.

* The US Army Corps of Engineers dredge Yaquina is scheduled to be working the Yaquina Bay entrance until April 29th.

* The US Coast Guard, US Army Corp of Engineers and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are co-sponsoring “The Future of Navigation – 21st Century Waterways” public listening sessions. These sessions, which will be held in several locations across the country, are designed to provide a venue for open communications between various Federal agencies, US Marine Transportation System (MTS) stakeholders (including commercial fishermen) and the general boating public to discuss the joint Federal agency initiative to use modern technology to support a safer, more efficient, more secure, and environmentally sound MTS. These listening sessions will provide MTS users and stakeholders an opportunity, beyond traditional venues, to express their emerging needs for navigational information and service delivery systems necessary to improve safety and efficiency of transits on the nation’s waterways. In the Northwest, the first listening session is scheduled to be held on, Tuesday, June 3rd, at 6:00 pm at the Seattle Public Library.

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Packin' a Punch

By: NewportOr, 3:10 PM GMT on April 24, 2014

Thursday, Apr. 24th – Lincoln County

Summary: Well, that packed a punch. For late April, this latest storm was pretty powerful. Southwest winds came in fairly close to predictions in the 40-50 mph range. Peak gusts in the area were 54 mph on the Yaquina Bay Bridge (elev. 160’) and 70 mph on Mary’s Peak (elev. 4,137’). At Central Coast community surface stations, Newport Airport had the highest gust at 47 mph. Rainfall amounts were significant with between an inch and nearly two recorded in spots. Up north, Astoria set a new rainfall record for the date of 2.22” surpassing the old record of 1.79” set in 1996. Temperatures remained steady around 50F. The storm raged all day and through most of last night before the heavy rain and winds faded early this morning. At daybreak, sky cover was broken, the southwest wind was less than 10 mph and light rain showers dotted the area.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust...
Lincoln City: 54F/51F/1.10”/40mph
Depoe Bay: 51F/48F/1.35”/41mph
Newport: 52F/48F/1.29”/47mph
Waldport: 53F/49F/1.40”/38mph
Yachats: 53F/48F/1.75”/40mph

Forecast: We’re not quite out of the woods yet. While the next round of weather doesn’t look as impressive as yesterday’s, there is still considerable moisture predicted in the short term. For today, a 50-50 chance of rain showers but also some fair-sized sunbreaks, highs in the low-50s. Tonight and tomorrow, a few showers, chance of a thunderstorm and/or small hail, mixed sky conditions, low of 45F, high about 55F. Outlook is for another weather system to arrive on Saturday with rain and wind, easing Sunday to showers; highs 55F, lows 45F. A drying trend begins on Monday with only a slight chance of showers, then sunny and warmer through mid-week. We could see high temperatures of 65F or better.

Travel: In the Coast Range, showers and breezy today with highs of 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting showers and temps of 50-55F. For the Cascades, highway passes are wet this morning; the freezing level is at 5,000 feet, but dropping to 4,000 feet tonight with a chance for a couple inches of snow on the pavement. Carry chains or traction tires. An Avalanche Warning is in effect for the backcountry terrain today.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 130”, a gain of 6” since yesterday, or 76% of normal. Weekly snow total, +15”; difference from last year, +2”; deviation from 30 year average, -9”. These statistics are for the Hood/Deschutes snow basin. Other basins are much lower. Willamette is 50% of normal; Rogue is only 28%; and Klamath is at just 19%.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Mt Bachelor 8/111/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 6/119/Machine Groomed
Timberline 9/163/Powder

Marine: The breeze is down to W 15-20 knots this morning after peak gusts around 40 knots yesterday. Seas are 11 feet but quite rough with a short, 8 second period. At 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 40 feet and less, and uninspected passenger vessels 30 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 30 feet and less. Today, expect SW winds of 20-25 knots gusting 30 with combined seas to 12 feet. Conditions improve tonight and tomorrow with the SW breeze easing to 5-10 knots gusting 15 and the swell subsiding to about 9 feet. Outlook is for another storm system to arrive in local waters on Saturday afternoon. SW winds rising to 15-20 knots gusting to 25 with seas 8-10 feet and 4 foot wind waves. Sunday and Monday, lighter weather from the WSW, winds 5-15 knots and the swell leveling off at 10 feet or so.

On the Beach... Showers, sun, breezy, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/24 Thu 08:45 AM 6.89 H
04/24 Thu 03:08 PM 0.31 L
04/24 Thu 09:46 PM 7.71 H
04/25 Fri 03:55 AM 1.20 L

In Short: Showers, sunbreaks, rainy, then clearing and warmer.

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Acting Like Autumn

By: NewportOr, 3:11 PM GMT on April 23, 2014

Wednesday, Apr. 23rd – Lincoln County

Summary: Several costume changes were required yesterday as diverse conditions repeatedly sent us into and out of the dressing room. Sunshine, showers, hail and wind were all center stage for a scene or two. Rainfall amounts varied from under a quarter of an inch to over a half depending on the location of the showers. Southwest winds were mainly 20-25 mph gusting to around 30. Yaquina Bay Bridge (elevation 160’) had a gust of 45 mph; highest in the area was on Mary’s Peak (elevation 4,137’) at 49 mph. The play continued overnight with the southwest wind’s soliloquy and showers made an occasional appearance. This morning, an ominous overcast was the spoiler alert for the storm waiting in the wings.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust...
Lincoln City: 55F/49F/0.54”/29mph
Depoe Bay: 55F/45F/0.16”/34mph
Newport: 54F/45F/0.32”/36mph
Waldport: 56F/47F/0.47”/29mph
Yachats: 53F/46F/0.39”/27mph

Forecast: It has all the earmarks of an October storm including strong southwest winds and rainfall amounts up to 2 inches. The weather system on its way in doesn’t look much like late April. Today, the southwest breeze is expected to build to 25-30 mph with gusts near 50 by this afternoon along with steady and fairly heavy rain. More rain and even windier tonight; sustained sou’westers of 30-35 mph could gust as high as 55, which is near warning level. Tomorrow, rain turns to showers and the wind drops to 20-25 mph gusting 45. High and low temps in the low-50s. Outlook is for showers on Friday and Saturday, rain likely and windy again Saturday night and Sunday, followed by a drying trend and sunshine early next week.

Travel: In the Coast Range, rainy and windy today with highs of 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting rain and temps of 50-55F. For the Cascades, there’s slush and packed snow on all highway passes this morning with more snow on the way. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 5:00pm this afternoon for an additional 4-10 inches of snow. The freezing level is at 3,500 feet, well below the passes. Carry chains or traction tires.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 124”, a gain of 11” since yesterday, or 71% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Mt Bachelor 3/105/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 8/116/Powder
Timberline 11/156/Powder

Marine: Rough conditions this morning. SW winds are 20-25 knots and seas 11 feet with 8 foot wind waves. Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 40 feet and less. The current Small Craft Advisory for winds is being upgraded to a Gale Warning beginning at 10:00am this morning and it’ll run through tomorrow morning. SW winds today rising to 25-30 knots with gusts to 40 by this afternoon, and combined seas of 12 feet at 12 seconds. Tonight, S wind 25-30 knots gusting 40 with very rough combined seas of 13 feet at 8 seconds. The breeze eases a little tomorrow, SW 20-25 knots early and down to 15-20 knots gusting 25 by afternoon; short period combined seas of 12 feet at 9 seconds. Outlook is for a break on Friday with SW winds of 5-10 knots and wave heights falling to 8-10 feet. Another storm system arrives on Saturday with southerlies 25-30 knots, seas 10-12 feet. By late Sunday, winds should be down to SW 10-15 knots with seas around 10 feet.

On the Beach... Rain, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/23 Wed 07:26 AM 6.97 H
04/23 Wed 02:08 PM 0.12 L
04/23 Wed 08:56 PM 7.21 H
04/24 Thu 02:51 AM 2.03 L

In Short: Rainy and windy, showers, then rainy and windy.

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H2OTFN

By: NewportOr, 3:09 PM GMT on April 22, 2014

Tuesday, Apr. 22nd – Lincoln County

Summary: Dawdling albeit steady degradation characterized yesterday’s weather as we started off in sunshine and ended in rain. Precipitation amounts were substantial for this time of year at a quarter to half an inch, depending on where the heaviest showers chose to dump their load. Northwest winds blew 15-20 mph with a peak gust of 25 at Depoe Bay. High temps were 55-60F. Overcast skies and occasional showers followed us into darkness, with a low near 45F. After the cold front passed about 3:00am this morning, the cloud cover began breaking up and the last light rain shower fell around 6:00am. At daybreak, a mixed sky with sunshine and a light west wind greeted early risers.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 61F/47F/0.52”
Depoe Bay: 59F/43F/0.23”
Newport: 55F/43F/0.27”
Waldport: 59F/45F/0.51”
Yachats: 57F/45F/0.50”

Forecast: Rain until further notice. Some quantity of precipitation is in the forecast every day for the next week. After a brief sunny break early today, showers become likely again this afternoon along with southwest winds building to 10-15 mph gusting to 30 or so and a high in the low-50s. A hefty and fairly powerful weather system is expected to begin moving onto the Central Coast tonight with steady rain and southwest winds of 15-20 mph gusting to 35, low temps about 45F. Tomorrow and tomorrow night the main portion of the storm arrives packing southwest winds 25-35 mph gusting as high as 50. Rainfall through the period could top 2 inches. Outlook is for showers and breezy on Thursday, showers Friday and Saturday, rain likely Saturday night and Sunday, and a chance of showers for Monday. Highs 55F, lows 45F throughout the period. The only light at the end of the tunnel is in the long range projections which now show a drying period beginning next Tuesday.

Travel: In the Coast Range, sunshine and showers today with highs of 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting showers and temps of 55F. For the Cascades, there’s slush and packed snow on highway passes this morning with more snow on the way; an additional 2 inches possible today, 2-5 inches tonight and another 1-3 inches tomorrow. The freezing level is at 3,000 feet. Carry chains or traction tires.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 113”, a loss of 3” since yesterday, or 68% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo Closed for Season
Willamette Pass Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 3/101/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 1/109/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl Closed for Season
Timberline Lodge 4/147/Machine Groomed

Marine: Seas have leveled off at 10 feet and winds are out of the WNW at 10-15 knots this morning. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect at 1:00pm this afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas has been issued for this afternoon through Wednesday morning. Today, winds backing from NW to W then to SW and rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25 by this afternoon, wave heights subsiding to 8 feet. Rough conditions tonight with an 11 foot swell and 4 foot wind waves along with a SW breeze of 20-25 knots gusting to 30. Even snottier tomorrow as the S wind rises to 25-30 knots gusting 35 and combined choppy seas top 13 feet. Outlook is for more stormy weather on Thursday as southerlies of 25 knots gusting 35 continue with a mixed lumpy swell of 9-10 feet and 6 foot wind waves. A break on Friday as the breeze drops to W 5-10 knots and seas hover around 10 feet. More fronts with SW winds 20-25 knots and seas in the teens are expected over the weekend.

On the Beach... Mixed sky, showers, light breeze, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/22 Tue 01:04 PM -0.1 L
04/22 Tue 07:59 PM 6.78 H
04/23 Wed 01:36 AM 2.68 L
04/23 Wed 07:26 AM 6.97 H

In Short: Sun and showers, then rainy and windy.

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Wet Week Watch

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

Monday, Apr. 21st – Lincoln County

Summary: Sunny skies dominated the Central Coast for Easter Sunday with high temperatures generally 55-60F; Lincoln City recorded 62F for the warm spot. Adding to the fair flavor of yesterday’s weather, we had only light southwest winds of 10-15 mph and no precipitation. The only issue at all was for those on the beaches where high surf posed a threat throughout the day, but it seems most people stayed back at a safe distance. Overnight, mostly clear, a bit of fog, lows in the mid-40s and a light east wind. At daybreak, a few clouds were visible in advance of changing conditions.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 62F/48F
Depoe Bay: 58F/42F
Newport: 55F/43F
Waldport: 61F/44F
Yachats: 58F/45F

Forecast: April showers are back, or nearly so, and it looks like we may be at the end of the up and down cycle of sunny and rainy days. The trend now focuses on the latter. Though today starts off mostly sunny, expect increasing clouds, a 50-50 chance of showers, high of 55F and the breeze veering to the southwest 5-10 mph. By tonight, showers become likely, light west wind and lows about 45F. More showers tomorrow, with an outside chance of a thunderstorm, high in the low-50s. Outlook is for rainy and windy weather Wednesday and Thursday, showers on Friday, and rain likely again over the weekend. The mercury will reside between the low-50s and low-40s through extended period.

Travel: In the Coast Range, showers later today with highs of 55-60F. Valley destinations have a chance of showers and temps of 60-65F. For the Cascades, there’s a chance of rain showers today with the freezing level at 6,000 feet, but big changes are coming. A Special Weather Statement has been issued for several inches of snow on Cascade highway passes from late tonight through Wednesday. The freezing level drops to 4,500 feet tonight, then 3,000 feet by Tuesday. Carry chains or traction tires.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 116”, a loss of 1” since yesterday, or 68% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo Closed for Season
Willamette Pass Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 0/100/Spring
Mt Hood Meadows 0/109/Spring
Mt Hood Ski Bowl Closed for Season
Timberline Lodge 0/147/Machine Groomed

Marine: The wind is light, SSW 5-10 knots, and seas have fallen to about 12 feet this morning after those 20-footers yesterday. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 40 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for seas remains in effect through tomorrow morning. The breeze veers to the NNW today, 10-15 knots, and wave heights stay around 10-12 feet. Tonight, NW winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 with seas 10 feet. Tomorrow, winds backing to the SW 10-15 knots, swells 8 feet or so. Outlook is for another weather system to arrive on Wednesday packing SW winds of 20-25 knots gusting 30 with seas building to 10-12 feet. Thursday, the SW breeze is expected to remain up around 20-25 knots, seas 10 feet. By Friday, winds lighten to SW 5-10 knots, seas still 10 feet or so. Continued southerly weather appears likely through the weekend.

On the Beach... Mixed sky, showers, light breeze, 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
04/21 Mon 11:59 AM -0.35 L
04/21 Mon 06:55 PM 6.53 H
04/22 Tue 12:13 AM 3.02 L
04/22 Tue 06:06 AM 7.28 H

In Short: Becoming cloudy, showers, light winds, then cloudy and showers.

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Crabbies, Duckies and Bunnies

By: NewportOr, 3:05 PM GMT on April 20, 2014

Sunday, Apr. 20th – Lincoln County

Summary: Two bands of rain swept across the Central Coast yesterday, one in the morning and another in the afternoon. Precipitation amounts weren’t that heavy with Lincoln City collecting the most, 0.19”. Southwest winds had a punch to them during much of the day, 15-25 mph; a peak gust of 37 mph was recorded at Yachats. The mercury was mostly in the mid-50s, though Waldport was trying for a handshake with 60F. The overcast began to break up about 4:00am this morning; a few stars and the Moon found openings. At dawn, the Easter Bunny made his rounds under partly cloudy skies with lows in the low-40s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust...
Lincoln City: 56F/47F/0.19”/27mph
Depoe Bay: 55F/44F/0.15”/33mph
Newport: 55F/41F/0.08”/33mph
Waldport: 59F/43F/0.10”/24mph
Yachats: 56F/44F/0.13”/37mph

Forecast: Wet grass but no rain for this morning’s Easter egg hunts, and partly to mostly sunny skies with light winds for the Wooden Boat Show, Crab Feed, and Ducky Derby in Depoe Bay today. Highs could nudge up close to 60F. Increasing clouds are expected by tonight with lows in the mid-40s. We’re back into unsettled weather again tomorrow with a 50-50 chance of showers, high 55F and light southwest winds. Outlook is for showers most of the week, with possible heavier steady rain Wednesday night and Thursday. High temps through the long term about 55F, with lows of 45F.

Travel: In the Coast Range, patchy fog early today then partly sunny with highs of 60-70F. Valley destinations will have partly sunny skies and temps of 65-70F. For the Cascades, spots of ice this morning, partly sunny with the freezing level at 4,500 feet, rising to 6,000 feet by this afternoon. Outlook for weekend travelers is for partly cloudy and dry through tonight in the Coast Range and Valley. For the Cascades, dry conditions and partly cloudy with the freezing level lifting to 7,000 feet tonight.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 117”, a gain of 2” since yesterday, or 68% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo Closed for Season
Willamette Pass Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 1/101/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Meadows 0/110/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl Closed for Skiing/Tubing Open Sat-Sun
Timberline Lodge 5/147/Machine Groomed

Marine: The wind isn’t much to worry about this morning, S 10-15 knots, but the seas are big, 20 feet after peaking at 24 feet overnight. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect until tomorrow night. The swell is expected to subside to about 17 feet by this afternoon; winds S 5-10 knots gusting 15. Tonight and tomorrow a SW breeze of 5-10 knots and wave heights around 10-12 feet. Outlook is for SW winds 10-15 knots gusting to 20 Monday and Tuesday, seas of 10 feet. A front arrives on Wednesday with southerlies of 20-25 knots, seas 10 feet. A bit lighter winds are forecast by late Thursday, 15-20 knots, but the swell remains in the 8-10 foot range.

On the Beach... Sun and clouds, light winds, surf 12-18 feet (high). A High Surf Advisory is in effect until 10:00am this morning. Caution should still be exercised on all area beaches throughout today as high surf continues and wave run-up could quickly sweep you off the sand or rocks and into the ocean. For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/20 Sun 10:58 AM -0.61 L
04/20 Sun 05:48 PM 6.48 H
04/20 Sun 10:57 PM 3.04 L
04/21 Mon 04:55 AM 7.74 H

In Short: Mixed sky, showers, then rain.

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Keep Your Bumbershoot Handy

By: NewportOr, 3:05 PM GMT on April 19, 2014

Saturday, Apr. 19th – Lincoln County

Summary: Whether you love the sun or the rain, our on-again off-again weather pattern should be a pleasing scenario for everybody. The rain was off-again yesterday, with no precipitation recorded on the Central Coast. Sunshine was the order of the day, though high clouds worked as a filter part of the time. Highs broke 60F from Newport north, and winds were light. The leading edge of a weather front reached us overnight with thickening clouds, southwest winds 15-20 mph, and lows in the mid-40s. At dawn, a waning gibbous moon was visible through thin spots in the overcast and the breeze was light.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 62F/45F
Depoe Bay: 62F/40F
Newport: 61F/39F
Waldport: 56F/45F
Yachats: 54F/42F

Forecast: Your bumbershoot barely had time to dry and you’ll need it again today for the Spring plant sale at Connie Hansen Garden in Lincoln City as rain is expected to develop. High around 55F or so and southwest winds 15-20 mph gusting 25. Tonight, if you’re headed to the Lincoln County Children’s Advocacy Center benefit in Yachats, a light rain jacket may still be appropriate attire for a chance of light showers, lows in the mid-40s. Tomorrow’s Easter egg hunts should be rainless for the kiddies. Partly to mostly sunny skies, light wind and a high near 60F. Outlook is for continued unsettled weather with 50-50 odds for showers during the entire workweek ahead. Best chance of rain is Thursday. Highs 55F, lows of 45F through the extended period.

Travel: In the Coast Range, rain is expected today with highs of 50-55F. Valley destinations will have rain and a high about 60F. For the Cascades, rain today with the freezing level at 5,000 feet, just above the highway passes. Outlook for weekend travelers is for partly cloudy and dry tonight through Sunday in the Coast Range and Valley. Light snow accumulations are possible tonight in the Cascades as the freezing level drops to 4,000 feet, but rising to 6,000 feet tomorrow with dry conditions and partly cloudy skies.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 115”, no change since yesterday, or 68% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo Closed for Season
Willamette Pass Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 0/101/Spring
Mt Hood Meadows 0/109/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl Closed for Skiing/Tubing Open Sat-Sun
Timberline Lodge 0/146/Machine Groomed

Marine: The weather window is closing quickly this morning with S winds offshore already up to 20-25 knots and seas are around 7 feet. Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 18 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this afternoon and a Small Craft Advisory for seas is posted for this afternoon through tomorrow night. S winds rising today to 20-25 knots gusting 30 with combined rough seas building to 10 feet at 10 seconds. Tonight, the breeze veers to the SW 15-20 knots gusting 25 and wave heights rise to 18-20 feet after midnight. Winds ease tomorrow to southerly 5-10 knots gusting 15 with a 17 foot swell. Outlook is for south winds 5-15 knots through mid-week with seas falling slowly to 12 feet Monday and to 10 feet Tuesday and Wednesday. Another storm is possible on Thursday.

On the Beach... Rain, breezy, surf 10-20 feet (high). Caution should be exercised on area beaches late today through tomorrow as high surf builds and wave run-up can sweep unwary people off the sand or rocks and into the ocean. For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/19 Sat 10:03 AM -0.81 L
04/19 Sat 04:46 PM 6.61 H
04/19 Sat 09:54 PM 2.84 L
04/20 Sun 03:56 AM 8.19 H

In Short: Rain, showers, clearing, then unsettled.

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A Good Friday

By: NewportOr, 3:10 PM GMT on April 18, 2014

Friday, Apr. 18th – Lincoln County

Summary: Not bad for a mid-April weather system. Precipitation amounts yesterday were nearly a half inch, with Lincoln City receiving a little over that. Southwest winds of 20-25 gusting past 30 were common on the Central Coast; Newport airport claimed the top gust at 38 mph but a gust of 45 mph was recorded on the Yaquina Bay Bridge (elevation 160'). High temperatures were generally in the low-50s. The wind and rain came to a screeching halt in the early evening and holes in the overcast appeared in time for some sunshine to get through before dark. Overnight, clouds dissipated further and by daybreak it was mostly clear with lows about 40F.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust...
Lincoln City: 55F/42F/0.55”/34mph
Depoe Bay: 52F/39F/0.41”/34mph
Newport: 52F/37F/0.42”/38mph
Waldport: 54F/42F/0.34”/28mph
Yachats: 52F/42F/0.37”/36mph

Forecast: A good Friday is on tap with mostly sunny skies, highs of 55-60F and light north winds. Becoming mostly cloudy, though, by tonight and a chance of rain developing, lows about 45F. Tomorrow, we’re back on the rain rollercoaster with another wet and windy weather front bringing a southwest breeze of 10-20 mph gusting 25 and up to a quarter of an inch of precipitation, highs in the low-50s. Outlook is for partly sunny and dry on Sunday, highs around 55F. Monday, a 50-50 chance of showers again, and then unsettled showery weather the rest of the week.

Travel: In the Coast Range, temps were in the mid-30s at 8:00am, so there could be spots of frost/ice; mostly sunny with highs of 55-60F today. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 60-65F. For the Cascades, fair skies and patches of ice today with the freezing level at 3,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for rain Saturday but dry Sunday in the Coast Range and Valley. Rain is likely in the Cascades on Saturday, but a chance of snow in the highway passes on Saturday night. Warming with sunshine on Sunday and the freezing level rising to 6,000 feet.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 115”, no change since yesterday, or 68% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo Closed for Season
Willamette Pass Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 0/101/Spring
Mt Hood Meadows 2/110/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl Closed for Skiing/Tubing Open Sat-Sun
Timberline Lodge 4/147/Machine Groomed

Marine: A short 24-hour weather window appears to be available for those seeking to get offshore. Winds have dropped this morning to NE 5-10 knots and seas are about 8 feet. Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 24 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. The northerly breeze is expected to stay below 15 knots today and tonight with seas remaining at 7-8 feet. All bets are off tomorrow when a fairly strong front arrives in the morning. S winds quickly rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30, and a rough sea with 7 foot swells and 7 foot wind waves. Outlook is for winds to veer SW and drop tomorrow night to 15-20 knots but the swell rises to 11 feet. Sunday, a very large swell train makes its way into local waters with wave heights of 15-20 feet; S winds 10-15 knots gusting 20. The swell subsides on Monday to 12-15 feet and to 10-12 feet by Tuesday; winds SW 10-15 knots through mid-week.

On the Beach... Mostly sunny, light breeze, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/18 Fri 09:13 AM -0.91 L
04/18 Fri 03:50 PM 6.83 H
04/18 Fri 09:03 PM 2.55 L
04/19 Sat 03:06 AM 8.53 H

In Short: Fair, rain and wind, then unsettled.

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Rain Rollercoaster

By: NewportOr, 3:08 PM GMT on April 17, 2014

Thursday, Apr. 17th – Lincoln County

Summary: Mostly cloudy skies with a handful of short sunbreaks and a few periods of drizzle gave us a well-rounded Wednesday. Highs were in the mid-50s and southwest winds topped out at 10-15 mph. The drizzle intensified about 10:00pm last night and eventually turned to regular rain showers, though not exceedingly heavy, with higher amounts in our northern area. Low temps stopped in the upper-40s. By daybreak, the overcast had thickened and a more steady rain had begun to fall as a weather front nudged its way through the 'dirty ridge' and onto the Central Coast.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 56F/49F/0.13”
Depoe Bay: 53F/50F/0.14”
Newport: 54F/48F/0.12”
Waldport: 53F/47F/0.08”
Yachats: 52F/49F/0.04”

Forecast: You won’t need a ticket. It’s a free ride on the rain rollercoaster over the next few days. Rain today with accumulations of a quarter inch or better, highs around 55F and southwest winds increasing to 10-15 mph gusting to 20 or so. For those attending the ladies-only benefit (for My Sisters’ Place) performance of “Anton in Show Business” at the Newport Performing Arts Center tonight, expect showers on your way there, but not on the way home as precipitation tapers off quickly in the later evening. Overnight, mostly cloudy with a low of 45F. Tomorrow, partly to mostly sunny and warmer, highs of 55-60F and light north wind. Outlook is for another blast of rain on Saturday, mostly cloudy but dry on Sunday, then up and down chances of showers for the remainder of the week ahead.

Travel: In the Coast Range, temps were around 45F this morning; rain and highs of 50-55F today. Valley destinations are expecting rain with highs 55-60F. For the Cascades, rain likely today with the freezing level at 6,000 feet, but falling to pass level tonight creating a chance of light snow accumulations on the highways.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 115”, a loss of 1” since yesterday, or 67% of normal. Weekly snow total, -7”; difference from last year, -18”; deviation from 30 year average, -24”. The above statistics are for the Hood/Deschutes snow basin. Other basins are well below half of their annual average snow pack. Willamette is 46% of normal; Rogue is only 29%; and Klamath is at just 22%.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo Closed for Season
Willamette Pass Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 0/101/Spring
Mt Hood Meadows 0/110/Wet
Mt Hood Ski Bowl Closed for Skiing/Tubing Open Sat-Sun
Timberline Lodge 0/145/Wet

Marine: SSW winds are light this morning, under 10 knots, and seas are about 8 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. The benign conditions aren’t expected to last long as a Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect at 11:00am today and runs through this evening. S winds rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25 with 7-9 foot lumpy seas. The breeze veers to W then NW tonight, 15-20 knots with gusts to 25 and a swell of 8-10 feet with 4 foot wind waves. A brief break is predicted for tomorrow as winds subside to NW 5-15 knots, seas 9 feet. Outlook is for another front to arrive on Saturday packing S winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 with choppy seas at 7 feet. Sunday and Monday, S winds 10-20 knots and a very large swell of 15-20 feet or possibly higher arriving in local waters.

On the Beach... Rain, breezy, surf 7-8 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/17 Thu 08:28 AM -0.85 L
04/17 Thu 03:00 PM 7.04 H
04/17 Thu 08:19 PM 2.23 L
04/18 Fri 02:24 AM 8.70 H

In Short: Rain, windy, clearing, then unsettled.

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Welcome to Dirty Ridge

By: NewportOr, 3:05 PM GMT on April 16, 2014

Wednesday, Apr. 16th – Lincoln County

Summary: A general blend of clouds and sunshine yesterday. Enough solar heating got through to push the mercury up to near 60F in most areas, and northwest winds were 5-10 mph gusting to 15. After sunset, overcast skies became the prevailing feature and by midnight, we started to see some light rainfall. There was measureable precipitation along the northern half of the Central Coast, while Waldport and Yachats were just lightly dampened. Low temps dropped to the mid-40s. At daybreak, there was occasional but barely perceptible drizzle, and winds were out of the south-southeast at 5 mph.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 59F/49F/0.05”
Depoe Bay: 58F/44F/0.03”
Newport: 54F/43F/0.02”
Waldport: 59F/45F/Below 0.01”
Yachats: 52F/46F/Below 0.01”

Forecast: Our current weather is dominated by what meteorologists refer to as a ‘dirty ridge.’ This is a weak and variable ridge of high pressure that is sometimes strong enough to keep incoming moisture at bay, other times not. Today, there’s a chance for some additional light rain to penetrate the ridge with moderate winds and high temps about 55F. Some drizzle is possible tonight, lows around 50F. Tomorrow, the ridge weakens and a stronger front brings in rain for much of the day, high of 55F and light south winds. Outlook is for the high pressure to amplify on Friday giving us a partly cloudy day, followed by rain again on Saturday, mostly cloudy Sunday and varying chances of showers heading into next week. Highs 55F, lows 40-45F and mainly light winds.

Travel: In the Coast Range, temps were around 45F at daybreak; overcast with light rain and highs of 50-60F today. Valley destinations are expecting rain with highs about 60F. For the Cascades, spots of ice this morning, then rain likely. The freezing level is 5,500 feet rising to 7,000 feet tonight.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 116”, no change since yesterday, or 68% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo Closed for Season
Willamette Pass Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 0/106/Spring
Mt Hood Meadows 0/109/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl Closed for Skiing/Tubing Open Sat-Sun
Timberline Lodge 0/146/Machine Groomed

Marine: No surprises this morning; as predicted, the breeze has come around to the SSW at 10 knots and seas are 6 feet. At 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. The SW wind is expected to pick up a little today, 10-15 knots gusting 20, and the swell rises slightly to 7-8 feet with 3 foot wind waves. Conditions should be about the same tonight, but tomorrow a stronger front arrives and SW winds are forecast to build to 15-20 knots gusting 25 with seas in the 7-8 foot range. Outlook is for a brief break in the weather on Friday when the breeze veers to the NNE 5-10 knots with an 8 foot swell. Saturday and Sunday, it’s back to SW weather and winds 5-15 knots. The latest wave models show a large swell arriving on Sunday, 13-15 feet or higher.

On the Beach... Light rain, light wind, surf 5-7 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/16 Wed 07:47 AM -0.62 L
04/16 Wed 02:13 PM 7.19 H
04/16 Wed 07:40 PM 1.92 L
04/17 Thu 01:46 AM 8.72 H

In Short: Drizzle, light wind, rain, then brief clearing.

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Fleeting Glimpses

By: NewportOr, 3:06 PM GMT on April 15, 2014

Tuesday, Apr. 15th – Lincoln County

Summary: What a difference a day makes. On the heels of Sunday’s 70s, yesterday the mercury struggled to gain 60F. Clear skies in the morning gave way to total overcast by early afternoon. No precipitation was recorded on the Central Coast. High temps for the day were mainly in the upper-50s with Lincoln City the warmest at 61F. Northwest winds blew from early afternoon through late evening at 15-20 mph with a few gusts near 25. Overnight, provided you had the patience and were able to stay awake, there were fleeting glimpses of the total lunar eclipse between midnight and 3:00am. This morning, skies were mostly cloudy and lows dropped to the mid-40s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 61F/51F
Depoe Bay: 57F/43F
Newport: 55F/41F
Waldport: 58F/44F
Yachats: 54F/46F

Forecast: Sort of ambiguous weather is expected today with nothing remarkable; mostly cloudy skies, some sun, light west winds and an outside chance of a sprinkle. High, a little cooler, about 55F or slightly below, depending on the duration of sunbreaks. Tonight, there’s a 50-50 chance of some light rain with a low near 45F. For tomorrow, a lingering chance of rain in the morning and a high of 55F. Outlook is for cloudy with rain on Thursday, and then a mix of showers and partial clearing each day through the weekend. Highs during the extended period should be about 55F with lows of 45F, and light winds.

Travel: In the Coast Range, temps were around 40F this morning; mainly overcast with a chance of showers and highs of 55-60F today. Valley destinations will be mostly cloudy with highs about 60F. For the Cascades, spots of ice this morning, then mostly cloudy with a chance of light snow accumulation in the passes today and tonight. The freezing level has plummeted to 3,500 feet. Carry chains or traction tires.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 116”, a loss of 1” since yesterday, or 68% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo Closed for Season
Willamette Pass Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 0/106/Spring
Mt Hood Meadows 0/111/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl Closed for Skiing/Tubing Sat-Sun
Timberline Lodge 0/147/Machine Groomed

Marine: Reasonable conditions this morning with NNW winds at 10 knots and seas around 6 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 20 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Expect a light NW breeze early today followed by W winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 this afternoon with the swell building to 8 feet. Tonight, W winds 10-15 knots, seas 8 feet. Tomorrow, W winds backing to SW 10-15 knots by afternoon, swells down to 6 feet. Thursday and Friday, S to SW winds 5-15 knots, seas remaining 6-8 feet. Next blow is Saturday when sou’westers ramp-up to 15-20 knots and wave heights hit 12-14 feet.

On the Beach... Sun and clouds, light breeze, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/15 Tue 01:29 PM 7.24 H
04/15 Tue 07:04 PM 1.64 L
04/16 Wed 01:11 AM 8.59 H
04/16 Wed 07:47 AM -0.62 L

In Short: Mixed sky, light wind, then chance of rain.

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Breaking the Seventy Barrier

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

Monday, Apr. 14th – Lincoln County

Summary: The warmest day of 2014 gave residents and visitors a Summer-like experience for outdoor activities yesterday. People flocked to the beaches, took to the hiking trails and parks, fired up barbecues, and motorcycle riders and convertible-top car drivers relished the balmy breeze. For most of the Central Coast, the mercury passed the 70F mark, with Depoe Bay recording the highest temperature at 74F. South coast areas were cooler. There was full-on sunshine and a variable northeast wind of 5-15 mph, strongest between noon and 6:00pm. Skies were clear overnight with lows mostly in the mid-40s. At daybreak, a few clouds were filtering in from an approaching weather front.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 72F/50F
Depoe Bay: 74F/40F
Newport: 73F/45F
Waldport: 69F/43F
Yachats: 62F/45F

Forecast: Today will not be a duplicate of yesterday. Increasing clouds, lower temperatures and northwest winds of 10-15 mph gusting 25 are forecast. Highs should be around 60F or so. Tonight, regrettably, we expect to have mostly cloudy skies for the Total Lunar Eclipse (see Eclipse below). However, there may be holes in the overcast large enough to catch glimpses of it. Low tonight about 45F. Tomorrow, mostly cloudy with a slight chance of drizzle and a high in the mid-50s. Outlook is for a chance of showers on Wednesday, a 50-50 chance of rain Thursday with rain likely that night. Unsettled weather with sun, clouds, showers, highs of 55F and lows of 45F are predicted Friday through the weekend.

Travel: In the Coast Range, temps were near freezing at 8:00am, so patches of highway frost are possible early; then, partly sunny and warming to 60-65F today. Valley destinations will be mostly sunny with highs of 70-75F. For the Cascades, spots of ice this morning, partly cloudy with the freezing level at 10,000 feet.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 117”, a loss of 1” since yesterday, or 69% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo Closed for Season
Willamette Pass Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 0/107/Spring
Mt Hood Meadows 0/113/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl Closed Mon-Thu
Timberline Lodge 0/149/Machine Groomed

Marine: Relatively light conditions prevail this morning with NW winds 5-10 knots and seas at 5 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect through this evening for NW winds rising to 10-15 knots gusting 20 with seas of 4-6 feet. Tonight, NW winds 10-15 knots, seas 4 feet. The breeze backs to the SW tomorrow 5-10 knots gusting 15 with wave heights building to 8 feet. Outlook is for westerly winds 5-10 knots and 6 foot swells for the rest of the week.

On the Beach... Sun and clouds, breezy, surf 3-5 feet (low).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/13 Sun 12:05 PM 7.06 H
04/13 Sun 05:56 PM 1.24 L
04/14 Mon 12:09 AM 8.02 H
04/14 Mon 06:31 AM 0.22 L

In Short: Mixed sky, windy, then chance of showers.

Eclipse: It’s traditionally called the Full Pink Moon in April (which comes from the herb ‘moss pink,’ or wild ground phlox, one of the earliest wildflowers of Spring). But tonight’s lunar appearance is nicknamed the Full Blood Moon because for a while it’ll be blood-red in color. A total lunar eclipse will be visible from the Central Coast if the clouds allow. The Moon begins turning red as it enters the Earth’s shadow at 9:52pm tonight, goes into eclipse totality from 12:07am to 1:25am tomorrow morning, and the event ends at 3:39am.

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Roll Out the Barbie

By: NewportOr, 3:06 PM GMT on April 13, 2014

Sunday, Apr. 13th – Lincoln County

Summary: Another ditto day yesterday as conditions were quite similar to the past few days. Sunshine prevailed and highs stayed in the 50s. The now-familiar northwest winds were a smidge lighter at 15-20 mph without any gusts reaching 30 mph. No precipitation was recorded. The breeze fell calm just after sunset, veered to the east northeast and rose to a measly 10 mph early this morning. Skies were clear overnight and continued that way this morning producing an unobscured sunrise; lows were nipping at 40F.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 58F/42F
Depoe Bay: 56F/38F
Newport: 54F/37F
Waldport: 54F/41F
Yachats: 53F/43F

Forecast: As predicted, today will probably turn out to be the warmest so far in 2014 with lots of sunshine and highs approaching 70F. So, take a hike with naturalist Linda Brodeur who will lead a short and easy family walk, ending with trail mix, cocoa, cookies and a nature-themed art project for children. Meet at Newport’s Mike Miller Park at 1:00pm this afternoon. Later today, you can roll out the barbecue and lawn chairs to dine al fresco as warm temps and light winds give us a Summer-like evening. Clear skies are expected tonight with a low in the mid-40s. Outlook is for a slow change to unsettled weather beginning tomorrow with increasing clouds and the mercury stopping at 60F or so. Tuesday and Wednesday, there’s a chance of showers and mostly cloudy skies. Showers become likely from Thursday into next weekend with highs of 55F and lows of 45F through the extended period.

Travel: In the Coast Range, temps were near freezing at 8:00am, so patches of highway frost are possible; then, sunny and warming to 70-75F today. Valley destinations will be sunny with highs of 70-75F. For the Cascades, spots of ice this morning, and then sunny, breezy and highs of 50-60F.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 118”, a loss of 1” since yesterday, or 69% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 0/48/Last Day of Season
Willamette Pass Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 0/108/Spring
Mt Hood Meadows 0/115/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/27/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 0/151/Machine Groomed

Marine: Bottom fishing has been hot and you may have a chance to get out today. Winds have veered to the NNE this morning and dropped substantially to about 10 knots. Seas are at 6 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Today, NNE winds 10-15 knots gusting to 20, with a 5 foot swell and wind waves to 4 feet. The breeze eases further tonight to N 5-10 knots, seas 5 feet. Another round of gusty NW winds is expected tomorrow, 15-25 knots and choppy combined seas around 5 feet. Outlook is for NNW winds Tuesday 10-15 knots and 8 foot swells. SW winds Wednesday and Thursday, 5-15 knots, with wave heights holding at about 6 feet.

On the Beach... Sunny, warm, light winds, surf 4-5 feet (low).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/13 Sun 12:05 PM 7.06 H
04/13 Sun 05:56 PM 1.24 L
04/14 Mon 12:09 AM 8.02 H
04/14 Mon 06:31 AM 0.22 L

In Short: Clear, warmer, light breeze, then unsettled.

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Carbon Copies

By: NewportOr, 3:04 PM GMT on April 12, 2014

Saturday, Apr. 12th – Lincoln County

Summary: Yesterday was nearly a carbon copy of Thursday. The sun blazed throughout the day and by noon northwest winds had become steady 20-25 mph with the south end of the Central Coast at Waldport and Yachats recording peak gusts of 35 mph. The north end had lighter winds and higher temperatures as Lincoln City and Depoe Bay waltzed up into the upper-50s. During the evening we had to peek into the ‘maybe file’ mentioned in Thursday’s report as some low clouds scudded by in the breeze. These were from a weak weather disturbance north of us, which produced some light rain on the Olympic Peninsula though nothing but a few clouds farther south. By 1:00am, our skies had cleared again and the northwest wind died out. This morning, there was a light easterly breeze, mostly sunny skies and lows in the low-40s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Wind Gust...
Lincoln City: 58F/46F/31mph
Depoe Bay: 57F/38F/32mph
Newport: 55F/37F/32mph
Waldport: 55F/41F/35mph
Yachats: 54F/44F/35mph

Forecast: Grab another sheet of carbon paper for today, as more sunshine and highs around 55F return, along with the blustery northwest winds. You can get out of the wind in Yachats at the Commons this afternoon for the family-friendly community talent show. Mostly clear tonight, lows in the low-40s, the wind veers to the northeast and becomes lighter. Tomorrow could be our warmest day so far this year with highs of 65-70F, sunny and east winds of 10-15 mph. Outlook is for mostly sunny but a little cooler on Monday. Then, a change begins. Cloud cover is expected on Monday night, a mix of sun, clouds and a chance of showers Tuesday, followed by an increasing threat of showers Wednesday and rain likely Thursday and Friday.

Travel: In the Coast Range, mostly sunny and warming to 60-65F today. Valley destinations will be mostly sunny with highs around 65F. For the Cascades, mostly sunny and highs of 50-60F.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 119”, a loss of 2” since yesterday, or 71% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 0/48/Spring Fling Slope Slide
Willamette Pass Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 0/110/Spring
Mt Hood Meadows 0/116/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/45/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 0/152/Machine Groomed

Marine: Moderate NE winds of 10-15 knots near shore this morning, but it’s blowing 15-25 knots out of the N at Stonewall Bank and seas are a little under 7 feet with 5 foot wind waves. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 18 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this evening. N winds today and tonight 15-20 knots gusting 25-30 with a 6-8 foot swell and choppy wind waves to 5 feet. Tomorrow, the breeze develops an offshore component and eases to NE 10-15 knots gusting 20 with seas around 6 feet. Outlook is for NW winds Monday and Tuesday, 15-20 knots and a 5 foot swell. Unsettled SW weather begins on Wednesday and runs through the remainder of the week. NOTE: Oregon State University has temporarily deployed ‘OSU Research Lighted Buoy A’ at approximate position 44-38-28.08N, 124-18-12.06W. The buoy is yellow with a flashing yellow four-second (FL Y 4s) light.

On the Beach... Mostly sunny, breezy this afternoon, surf 4-6 feet (low).
If you get blown off the beach this afternoon, it’s Marine Science Day at the Hatfield Center in Newport’s South Beach where you can learn more about the ocean and our local beaches. For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/12 Sat 11:22 AM 6.87 H
04/12 Sat 05:21 PM 1.14 L
04/12 Sat 11:40 PM 7.64 H
04/13 Sun 05:54 AM 0.79 L

In Short: Mostly clear, windy, warmer, then unsettled.

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A Day in the Life

By: NewportOr, 3:05 PM GMT on April 11, 2014

Friday, Apr. 11th – Lincoln County

Summary: The forecast and reality were perfectly attuned yesterday as we began with sunshine and calm winds. Then, right on schedule, the northwest winds ramped-up at noon to 20-25 mph and blew steadily through about 10:30pm last night. High temps were in the mid-50s and Waldport again had the peak wind gust of 36 mph. The breeze went totally calm at midnight and lows dropped to around 40F. This morning, some low clouds were visible several miles offshore, but otherwise there was blue sky and winds were light.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Wind Gust...
Lincoln City: 58F/40F/26mph
Depoe Bay: 56F/38F/24mph
Newport: 54F/37F/31mph
Waldport: 54F/40F/36mph
Yachats: 53F/42F/31mph

Forecast: Okay, here's the plan for a day in the life of Central Coast residents or visitors. The morning hours today would be a good time for a beach walk or heading up to Yaquina Head or Cape Foulweather for some whale watching. The gray whale cows and their new calves are migrating by now and they’re generally closer to shore than the rest of the herd. High temps today around 55F. This afternoon when the sea breeze comes up out of the northwest 20-25 mph, move inland a ways to the wind-sheltered Newport Bayfront to watch the cavorting sea lions, take a hike along Beaver Creek or visit the bird sculpture display at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. Tonight, while it’s still breezy, duck into the Embarcadero to try out the new dance floor as the Lincoln Pops Big Band swings you into Spring. Low tonight in the mid-40s. Tomorrow, the forecast looks nearly identical to today, so you can plan your day accordingly. Outlook is for a nearly Summer day on Sunday with much lighter winds and highs of 65-70F. Monday should be so so, but a change is brewing after that with unsettled weather, a southerly flow and an increasing chance of showers and rain later in the week.

Travel: In the Coast Range, possible spots of ice on the highways this morning as temps are near 35F, then sunny and warming to 60-70F. Valley destinations will be mostly sunny with highs of 65-70F. For the Cascades, mostly sunny with the freezing level at 10,000 feet.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 121”, a loss of 1” since yesterday, or 72% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo Closed Mon-Fri
Willamette Pass Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 0/114/Spring
Mt Hood Meadows 0/117/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/46/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 0/154/Machine Groomed

Marine: The situation this morning is quite similar to yesterday with N winds 20-25 knots and seas a tad above 7 feet offshore. Winds are lighter near shore. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 16 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory remains in effect through tonight for N winds 20-25 knots gusting to 30 and choppy seas 6-7 feet with 4 foot wind waves. The breeze eases a little tomorrow to N 15-20 knots, seas holding at 6 feet. For Sunday, NE winds down to 10-15 knots gusting 20 and a 6 foot swell. Outlook is for W to NW winds Monday and Tuesday, 5-15 knots with gusts to 20, seas falling to 5 feet. On the horizon is a switch to southerly winds by mid-week. NOTE: There’s a Boat Oregon Class tomorrow, 8:00am-5:00pm, at the South Beach Marina in Newport. The cost is $15 which includes lunch. Upon passing the exam, you’ll receive your mandatory Boater Education Card.

On the Beach... Mostly sunny, breezy this afternoon, surf 3-4 feet (low).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/11 Fri 10:36 AM 6.65 H
04/11 Fri 04:46 PM 1.1 L
04/11 Fri 11:10 PM 7.24 H
04/12 Sat 05:17 AM 1.4 L

In Short: Mostly clear, windy afternoons/evenings, then clear and warmer.

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We're On A Roll

By: NewportOr, 3:07 PM GMT on April 10, 2014

Thursday, Apr. 10th – Lincoln County

Summary: A cacophony of lawnmower and weed eater sounds permeated the air yesterday afternoon as the mercury climbed into the mid-50s under sunny skies. Between the breeze and the temperature, it was the first bona fide dry day in quite a while where grass and other overgrown vegetation begged for a trim. Northwest winds developed right on schedule about noon and blew steadily 15-25 mph with higher gusts until late in the evening. Peak gust was 33 mph at Waldport. No precipitation was recorded on the Central Coast yesterday. Mostly clear skies remained overnight and the thermometer dropped into the upper-30s this morning. There was even a bit of frost on some rooftops at daybreak.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Wind Gust...
Lincoln City: 59F/43F/31mph
Depoe Bay: 56F/37F/25mph
Newport: 54F/37F/30mph
Waldport: 55F/39F/33mph
Yachats: 54F/42F/32mph

Forecast: We’re on a roll through the weekend with sunny days, clear nights and northwest winds in the afternoons and evenings. But there is one minor issue in the near term. The southern end of a weak weather disturbance coming ashore in Washington may graze us with a short-duration marine layer tomorrow. If it does, we could see some low clouds with possible drizzle tomorrow and tomorrow night. The jury is still out on this feature, though, so for now we’ll leave it in the maybe file. Otherwise, daytime highs should be around 55F with lots of sunshine and gusty northwest winds from noon to midnight. Lows 40-45F. Outlook is for Sunday to be the warmest day of this stretch with highs of 65F or better. Next week, it now appears we’ll see more clouds, cooler temps and a chance of showers.

Travel: In the Coast Range, possible spots of ice on the highways this morning as temps are near 32F, then sunny and warming to 55-65F. Valley destinations currently have patchy fog followed by sunshine and highs near 65F. For the Cascades, mostly sunny with the freezing level at 7,500 feet rising to 9,000 feet.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 122”, a loss of 2” since yesterday, or 73% of normal. Weekly snow total, -12”; difference from last year, -9”; deviation from 30 year average, -27”. These statistics are for the Hood/Deschutes snow basin. Other basins aren’t fairing as well. Willamette is 52% of normal; Rogue is only 34%; and Klamath is at just 28%.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo Closed Mon-Fri
Willamette Pass Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 0/118/Variable
Mt Hood Meadows 0/119/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl Closed Mon-Thu
Timberline Lodge 0/156/Machine Groomed

Marine: Northerlies 15-20 knots are blowing offshore at Stonewall Bank this morning, but the breeze is considerably lighter closer to shore. Seas are holding at about 7 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through tomorrow morning. Today and tonight, N winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 and 6 foot swells combined with choppy 6 foot wind waves. Tomorrow, the northerly breeze eases to 15-20 knots, seas and wind waves at 5 feet. Outlook is for continued N winds of 15-25 knots through Saturday, wave heights hovering around 6 feet. Sunday and Monday, NNW winds 10-15 knots and seas at 6 feet. NOTE: Oregon Sea Grant is hosting a discussion of the new and significant changes to commercial fishing vessel safety rules. The meeting will be held today, April 10th, 10:00am-Noon, in Newport at Englund Marine, 880 SE Bay Boulevard.

On the Beach... Sunny, breezy this afternoon, surf 4-5 feet (low).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/10 Thu 09:43 AM 6.44 H
04/10 Thu 04:07 PM 1.11 L
04/10 Thu 10:40 PM 6.85 H
04/11 Fri 04:37 AM 2.02 L

In Short: Mostly clear, windy afternoons/evenings, then clear and windy.

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A Bright Future

By: NewportOr, 3:08 PM GMT on April 09, 2014

Wednesday, Apr. 9th – Lincoln County

Summary: Wedged between Monday night’s drizzle and last night’s light rain, yesterday was mostly dry. Sunshine in the morning gave way to increasing clouds as a weak front eased onto the Central Coast. Highs were generally in the 50s with Lincoln City hitting 60F. Winds came up briefly out of the southwest and peaked at about 20 mph. The majority of the predicted rainfall occurred between 10:00pm and midnight with amounts well below a tenth of an inch. The overcast slowly dissipated overnight and by daybreak, blue skies prevailed with lows around 40F.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 60F/45F/0.04”
Depoe Bay: 56F/45F/0.05”
Newport: 52F/45F/0.04”
Waldport: 56F/46F/0.03”
Yachats: 53F/45F/0.05”

Forecast: In some respects, the next few days will be like Summer. It’ll be bright with abundant sunshine and those familiar northwest sea breezes building each afternoon (see Weather Factoid below). The one aspect of this week’s weather that will not be Summer-like is the temperature, which will remain Spring-like. Today, highs near 55F and northwest winds 15-20 mph with higher gusts by late afternoon. Breezy conditions are expected to continue overnight and lows drop to about 40F; patchy fog is also a possibility. Tomorrow, mostly sunny and 55F again with northwest winds 15-25 mph. Outlook is for this regime to hold through Sunday. Highs 55-60F, lows 40-45F and northwest winds 15-20 mph gusting 25 in the afternoons and evenings.

Travel: In the Coast Range, mostly sunny today, highs of 55-65F. Valley destinations have sunshine in the forecast with highs near 65F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy skies and the freezing level at 6,000 feet lifting to 9,000 feet.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 124”, a loss of 3” since yesterday, or 75% of normal for this date.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo Closed Mon-Fri
Willamette Pass Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 0/120/Variable
Mt Hood Meadows 0/124/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl Closed Mon-Thu
Timberline Lodge 1/157/Machine Groomed

Marine: The Summer-like pattern we’ve been anticipating has already begun this morning with N winds 15-20 knots and seas 7-8 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect this afternoon at 2:00pm and runs through late tonight. N winds 15-20 knots today with gusts to 25 by this afternoon, along with a swell of 7 feet and 4 foot wind waves. Outlook is for this same forecast to apply through Sunday. Expect NNW winds to ramp-up with gusts of 25-30 knots in the late afternoons and evenings all week. Seas will be 7 feet and lumpy with wind waves 4-5 feet. Calmest conditions will be from midnight to noon each day. NOTE: Oregon Sea Grant is hosting a discussion of the new and significant changes to commercial fishing vessel safety rules. The meeting will be held tomorrow, April 10th, 10:00am-Noon, in Newport at Englund Marine, 880 SE Bay Boulevard.

On the Beach... Sunny, breezy this afternoon, surf 5-6 feet (low).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/09 Wed 08:42 AM 6.31 H
04/09 Wed 03:21 PM 1.13 L
04/09 Wed 10:05 PM 6.48 H
04/10 Thu 03:52 AM 2.61 L

In Short:
Mostly clear, windy afternoons/evenings, then clear and windy.

Weather Factoid: What causes the afternoon/evening northwesterly sea breezes during Spring and Summer? Unlike Winter, when low pressure offshore and high pressure to our east combine to generate strong east winds, the situation is reversed this time of year. We have high pressure over the ocean and low pressure over the coastline. As the land heats up in the sunshine during the day it creates low air pressure (called a thermal low) onshore. The bloated higher pressure air offshore then races in to fill the void; the atmosphere is happier when it’s stabilized. By late evening, the land cools and the pressure equalizes which usually means much lighter winds between midnight and noon.

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Close, But No Solar

By: NewportOr, 3:04 PM GMT on April 08, 2014

Tuesday, Apr. 8th – Lincoln County

Summary: The sun was 94,599,021.517 miles from Earth yesterday. A mile or two closer and it may have had the necessary oomph to burn off more of the marine layer that socked us in for most of the day. There were a couple of short sunbreaks before noon, but generally the sun was filtered at best. Peak winds were only about 10 mph and highs ranged from the low-50s to 60F. (Just a few miles to the east, Coast Range temperatures rose into the 70s yesterday.) Drizzle overnight barely produced measurable precipitation, and lows were in the 40s. This morning, there was light fog, thinning low clouds and a brightening sky with temps in the upper-40s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City:60F/50F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 56F/49F/0.02”
Newport: 53F/47F/0.01”
Waldport: 55F/47F/0.01”
Yachats: 52F/46F/0.01”

Forecast: The sun is a little farther away today, but the marine layer is shallower, so we should see some blue sky before increasing clouds develop. A weak front is approaching the Central Coast and light rain is possible by late this afternoon, high about 55F. Tonight, rain is likely with a low of 45F and light winds. Tomorrow, the remnants of the weather system are expected to dissipate through the day and sunshine is forecast for the afternoon; high again around 55F. Outlook Thursday through Sunday is for patchy morning fog but mostly sunny days with highs of 55-65F, partly cloudy nights with lows of 40-45F, and increasing northwest winds in the afternoons.

Travel: In the Coast Range, fog early, mostly cloudy, showers late, highs of 60-65F. Valley destinations have patchy fog this morning, then mostly cloudy today with highs near 70F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy skies and the freezing level is at 10,000 feet.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 127”, a loss of 2” since yesterday, or 77% of normal for this date.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo Closed Mon-Fri
Willamette Pass Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 0/122/Variable
Mt Hood Meadows 2/124/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl Closed Mon-Thu
Timberline Lodge 0/118/Machine Groomed

Marine: Visibility is the only issue for boaters this morning as drizzle and fog hamper sight distances. The wind is calm and seas are about 7 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A decaying weather front is forecast to move across local waters today producing SW winds of 10-15 knots gusting 20 and seas of 7 feet. Tonight, the breeze veers to the N 10-15 knots gusting 20 with seas holding at 7 feet. Tomorrow, northerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20-25, and a lumpy 7 foot swell with 4 foot wind waves. Outlook is for N winds the rest of the week, 15-20 knots gusting higher in the late afternoons and evenings, and seas hovering around 6-7 feet.

On the Beach... Fog, sunbreaks, showers, calm, 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
04/08 Tue 07:31 AM 6.34 H
04/08 Tue 02:27 PM 1.13 L
04/08 Tue 09:22 PM 6.17 H
04/09 Wed 02:56 AM 3.12 L

In Short: Mostly cloudy, light rain, calm, then clearing and breezy.

Updated: 3:05 PM GMT on April 08, 2014

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The Marine Influence

By: NewportOr, 3:13 PM GMT on April 07, 2014

Monday, Apr. 7th – Lincoln County

Summary: Though yesterday was dry and a tad warmer, the sun fought to find a break in the overcast; it finally succeeded briefly during the late afternoon and early evening. Highs yesterday were in the mid-50s, southwest winds peaked around 15 mph and there was no precipitation recorded. As we headed into night, a marine layer of moist air spread in off the ocean producing low clouds and fog. Overnight, visibility was down to about a mile at times in the fog. At daybreak, we began to see the fog lighten up, thin low clouds veiled the blue above and temps were in the upper-40s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 58F/50F
Depoe Bay: 53F/48F
Newport: 54F/50F
Waldport: 58F/48F
Yachats: 56F/48F

Forecast: The biggest influence on our weather today and tonight will be a layer of marine air coupled with little to no wind. It’s a typical situation for the Central Coast this time of year. The fog should burn off as the day progresses followed by a mix of sun and low clouds, highs around 60F. The fog may redevelop tonight and the marine air may be moist enough to give us some drizzle, lows around 45F. Tomorrow will probably start off much like today with fog and clouds, but less sunshine emerging as a weak weather system noses its way onshore, high in the upper 50s. Outlook is for a good chance of showers tomorrow night. But, Wednesday through Sunday look for mostly sunny days, partly cloudy nights, highs of 55-60F and lows around 45F. Northwest winds of 10-15 mph could gust up to 25 in the afternoons and evenings.

Travel Weather: Beginning today and on through the summer, this section will be used for a brief weather synopsis for travelers. Specific highways will be mentioned only when there are delays. Otherwise, you can assume travel is generally unimpeded. In the Coast Range today, fog early then partly cloudy, high 65F. For the Valley, morning fog, afternoon sun, highs of 70-75F. Mostly sunny in the Cascades with the freezing level at 10,000 feet.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 129”, a loss of 5” since yesterday, or 79% of normal for this date.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo Closed Mon-Fri
Willamette Pass Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 0/125/Variable
Mt Hood Meadows 2/127/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl Closed Mon-Thu
Timberline Lodge 0/118/Machine Groomed

Cascadia: A magnitude 3.3 earthquake was recorded at 8:33pm last night about 5 miles northwest of Sherwood, Oregon. It was widely felt around the Northwest including in Newport, which is about 75 miles from the epicenter.

Marine: It is dead calm and foggy on the ocean this morning with seas a little over 6 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 20 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Expect a tranquil day offshore with SE winds 5-10 knots, a mixed swell of 4-5 feet and areas of fog. Tonight, the breeze veers to the W 5-10 knots gusting to 15 with wave heights around 6 feet and continued foggy at times. A front is forecast to arrive tomorrow bringing southerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20-25 and seas 6-8 feet with choppy 3 foot wind waves. Outlook is for N winds 10-15 knots Wednesday through Friday, with gusts as high as 25 in the late afternoons and evenings, and seas hovering around 6 feet through the week.

On the Beach... Fog, clouds and sun, calm, surf 4-5 feet (low).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/07 Mon 01:26 PM 1.04 L
04/07 Mon 08:27 PM 5.96 H
04/08 Tue 01:46 AM 3.47 L
04/08 Tue 07:31 AM 6.34 H

In Short: Mixed sky, foggy at times, light rain, then clearing.

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Drying Trend

By: NewportOr, 3:07 PM GMT on April 06, 2014

Sunday, Apr. 6th – Lincoln County

Summary: The final episode in a series of Spring weather disturbances played out as expected yesterday. Steady light rain most of the day kept lawnmowers in garages and raingear on beach walkers. Highs were in the low-50s. By evening the rain turned to showers which lasted through the night. The thermometer barely dropped with lows about 50F. Rainfall amounts were typically around a quarter of an inch, and southwest winds blew 15-25 mph with a peak gust of 34 mph at Depoe Bay. As the front passed about 3:00am this morning, the winds fell light along with the showers. At daybreak, it was foggy with occasional drizzle and barely a breath of breeze.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust...
Lincoln City: 54F/51F/0.24”/28mph
Depoe Bay: 51F/49F/0.23”/34mph
Newport: 52F/50F/0.25”/33mph
Waldport: 53F/50F/0.25”/28mph
Yachats: 52F/50F/0.38”/29mph

Forecast: We’re headed for dry-out. Following a week of on and off rain, today should be the last one for a while with measureable precipitation. In fact, by this afternoon, we could start seeing some sunbreaks in the clouds, a high around 55F and light winds. Mostly cloudy skies tonight with some fog developing, low of 45F. Tomorrow, after morning fog there should be mostly to partly sunny skies for rest of the day with highs around 60F. Outlook is for a fairly dry week with at minimum partly sunny days and partly cloudy nights; highs near 60F and lows about 45F. There could be gusty northwest winds in the afternoons and evenings. The only caveat is a weakening system expected Tuesday night with a 50-50 chance of some light rain.

Travel: At 8:00am, Coast Range, Valley and Cascades highways are wet with no delays and have rain showers in the forecast early today. Outlook for weekend travelers is for wet/bare pavement everywhere in Western Oregon through tonight.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 134”, a gain of 2” since yesterday, or 81% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 0/72/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass – Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 4/125/Variable
Mt Hood Meadows 2/131/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/43/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 1/118/Machine Groomed

Marine: Relatively light conditions on the ocean this morning with winds out of the WSW at 10 knots, a long-period swell of 7 feet and areas of fog. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 16 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Nothing serious expected today; a SW breeze of just 5-10 knots and seas 6-7 feet. Much the same forecast holds through tomorrow, though gusts to 15 knots are possible at times. The next issue of concern will be Tuesday afternoon when a front arrives with SW winds rising to 20-25 knots and seas building to 8 feet. Wednesday through Friday, a fair weather pattern of NW winds 10-15 knots gusting to 20 or higher in the late afternoons and evenings, and wave heights hovering around 5-6 feet.

On the Beach... Showers, mostly cloudy, light breeze, surf 4-5 feet (low).
The Yaquina Head Lighthouse re-opens today following a week-long closure for annual maintenance. Tours run hourly from noon to 3:00pm. Pick up a free tour pass at the Interpretive Center.
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/06 Sun 12:22 PM 0.81 L
04/06 Sun 07:20 PM 5.91 H
04/07 Mon 12:27 AM 3.55 L
04/07 Mon 06:18 AM 6.61 H

In Short: Showers, breaking up, then partly cloudy and warmer.

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Highway Signs of Spring

By: NewportOr, 3:08 PM GMT on April 05, 2014

Saturday, Apr. 5th – Lincoln County

Summary: Slow deterioration, or sluggish improvement, depending on your point of view yesterday. Sun worshippers enjoyed the early half of the day, and pluviophiles relished the latter half. Highs reached the mid-50s. The clouds thickened substantially by late afternoon and a couple of showers rolled through. Rainfall amounts were near a quarter inch, including what fell during additional showers overnight. Southwest winds topped out around 20 mph. The showery pattern continued this morning with lows in the mid-40s. On the bright side, pun intended, we’re right at 13 hours of daylight today, and still gaining about 3 minutes each day.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 56F/47F/0.16”
Depoe Bay: 52F/45F/0.07”
Newport: 54F/43F/0.25”
Waldport: 55F/45F/0.17”
Yachats: 54F/46F/0.27”

Forecast: It’s a good thing the Farmer’s Market is indoors at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, as widespread rain is forecast to develop today, highs in the low-50s, and southwest winds 15-20 mph gusting 30. You’ll still need a raincoat on the way to Laughs for Lighthouses, the annual comedy fundraiser, at the Newport Performing Arts Center this evening with showers predicted and continued breezy. Lows around 45F or so tonight. Tomorrow, we’re down to a 50-50 chance of showers and a high about 55F. Outlook is for partly to mostly sunny next week with highs 60F or better. There is one fly in the ointment - a chance of some brief light rain Tuesday night or Wednesday.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 through the Coast Range, Highway 101 along the Central Coast and all Valley destinations are well above freezing with wet pavement, no delays and rain today. In the Cascades, highways are currently about 30F with snow showers and slush or packed snow on the pavement; carry chains or traction tires. The freezing level is 4,000 feet with minor snow accumulations forecast today. Outlook for weekend travelers is for wet pavement everywhere but the Cascades where snow showers are forecast for the passes with 1-4 inches of snow possible through tonight. Rain showers tomorrow.

NOTE: Except for the Cascades, there’s another indisputable sign of Spring along area highways. ODOT crews have been removing the ‘Carry Chains or Traction Tires’ boards from the Snow Zone signs in the lower Coast Range passes, like Cline Hill (770’) on Highway 20. They’ve also been sweeping the shoulders to clean up the leftover pea gravel used for sanding during ice and snow events. All this apparently means we’re done with any serious threat of snow in those passes.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 132”, a loss of 1” since yesterday, or 81% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 0/72/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass – Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 2/125/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 1/129/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/43/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 3/119/Machine Groomed

Marine: SW winds are relatively light this morning at about 10 knots, and wave heights have dropped to 6 feet, but don’t get your hopes up. Another blow is headed this way. 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 is in effect through this evening for S winds increasing to 20-25 knots today and lumpy seas 8-10 feet with 4 foot wind waves. Tonight, W to SW winds 5-15 knots gusting 20, swells 8 feet. Light winds tomorrow at 5-10 knots and seas remaining around 7 feet. Outlook is for light southerlies on Monday and Tuesday with a mixed swell of 5-6 feet. Wednesday through Friday, NW winds 10-15 knots with higher gusts in the afternoons and evenings, and seas running 4-7 feet.

On the Beach... Rain, breezy, surf 6-7 feet (moderate).
The Yaquina Head Lighthouse is closed to the public today for annual maintenance. It will re-open tomorrow.
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/05 Sat 11:22 AM 0.45 L
04/05 Sat 06:10 PM 6.08 H
04/05 Sat 11:17 PM 3.36 L
04/06 Sun 05:15 AM 7.06 H

In Short: Rain, windy, showers, then clearing.

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'Tweener Days

By: NewportOr, 3:11 PM GMT on April 04, 2014

Friday, Apr. 4th – Lincoln County

Summary: Yachats had the dubious honor of winning all four categories yesterday with the highest and lowest temperature, the most rainfall and the peak wind gust from our latest weather system. After a mostly cloudy and calm morning, the rain and wind started about 2:00pm and was all over but the shouting by 2:00am. Spring storms don’t pack as much long-term punch as the Winter systems, so they seem to run their course in about 12 hours. The overcast began breaking up early this morning and by daybreak lots of blue was showing, the sun appeared along with a light fog and low temps were in the low-40s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust...
Lincoln City: 54F/47F/0.56”/29mph
Depoe Bay: 52F/45F/0.54”/34mph
Newport: 54F/43F/0.53”/35mph
Waldport: 54F/45F/0.50”/31mph
Yachats: 55F/42F/0.60”/37mph

Forecast: This will be one of those ‘tweener days, in between weather fronts. A little bit of everything can be anticipated today, including sunshine, clouds, a chance of showers, a high near 55F and southwest winds varying from calm to 20 mph. Showers become likely tonight, breezy and a low about 45F. Tomorrow, the last in the current series of storm systems moves in bringing rain, southerly winds gusting to 30 mph and a high again about 55F. Outlook is for another ‘tweener day on Sunday with a 50-50 chance of showers, sunbreaks, and a high in the upper-50s. Monday through Thursday, look for a bona fide Spring-like regime of mostly sunny days, partly cloudy nights, the mercury hitting 60F or better, lows in the 40s and light to moderate north winds.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with wet pavement, about 40F and showers expected today. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is wet with no delays. Valley destinations have wet pavement and showers in the forecast. In the Cascades, highways are currently about 30F with snow showers and ice and slush on the pavement; carry chains or traction tires. The freezing level is 4,500 feet with minor snow accumulations probable today. Outlook for weekend travelers is for wet pavement along the Central Coast, in the Coast Range and throughout the Valley. Snow showers are forecast for Cascade Mountain highways with 1-4 inches of snow in the passes through the Sunday.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 133”, 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 1/126/Hard Packed
Mt Hood Meadows 2/129/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 1/43/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 0/117/Machine Groomed

Marine: Winds are down this morning, out of the WSW about 10 knots, but seas are still running 8-10 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 16 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 26 feet and less. The break in the breeze will be short-lived however as a Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect this afternoon and remains posted through this evening. SW winds increasing to 15-20 knots gusting 25 later today, and confused seas with a mixed swell of 8 feet and 3 foot wind waves. The same conditions are expected to continue overnight, and then tomorrow the SW breeze rises to 20-25 knots gusting 30 with combined choppy seas 8 feet or so. Outlook is for SW winds 5-10 knots on Sunday, mixed swell 5-6 feet. Light southerlies Monday before a switch to Spring-like weather through the rest of the week with northwesterly winds, 5-10 knots but stronger in the afternoons and evenings, and seas 5-7 feet through the period. NOTE: The US Coast Guard is proposing to disestablish Cape Meares Light (LLNR 675) as it is no longer considered necessary for the safe navigation of the seacoast. To comment on this proposed change, go here.

On the Beach... Sunshine and showers, light breeze, surf 6-7 feet (moderate).
The Yaquina Head Lighthouse is closed to the public through tomorrow for annual maintenance. It will re-open on Sunday, April 6th.
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/04 Fri 10:28 AM 0.03 L
04/04 Fri 05:07 PM 6.44 H
04/04 Fri 10:20 PM 2.97 L
04/05 Sat 04:23 AM 7.61 H

In Short: Partly cloudy, showers, light winds, then rainy and windy.

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A Pair of Flip-Flops

By: NewportOr, 3:08 PM GMT on April 03, 2014

Thursday, Apr. 3rd – Lincoln County

Summary: For the definition of a nearly perfect Spring day, just look up yesterday in the weather atlas. Mostly sunny skies, high temps were generally 55F or higher, a light southwest wind struggled to hit 15 mph and no precipitation was recorded. Few if any clouds found their way to the Central Coast after noon, and it was clear as a bell until about 10:00pm last night when the leading edge of a low pressure system arrived. Broken- to full-overcast has been the case since, including this morning. Lows were warmer than yesterday with local weather stations showing readings in the upper 40s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 60F/44F
Depoe Bay: 52F/38F
Newport: 56F/38F
Waldport: 59F/40F
Yachats: 56F/40F

Forecast: A flip-flopping weather pattern is on tap for the next few days. Rain is forecast to develop later today, along with southwest winds of 15-25 gusting to 30, and a high in the low-50s. Showers and continued breezy tonight with a low in the low-40s. Tomorrow, showers, some sunbreaks, lighter winds and warmer, maybe 55F or so. Outlook is for flopping back to rain on Saturday and showers for Sunday. Then, it should flip to mostly sunny days and partly cloudy nights for Monday into mid-week with highs of 60F or greater.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with mostly bare pavement, about 40F and rain later today. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is dry with no delays. Valley destinations have dry pavement but rain in the forecast. In the Cascades, highways are currently about 30F with spots of ice and slush; carry chains or traction tires. The freezing level is 4,000 feet. Up to 3 inches of snow is possible later today and tonight in the passes.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 134”, a loss of 3” since yesterday, or 81% of normal. Weekly snow total, +6”; difference from last April 1st, +17”; deviation from 30 year average for April 1st, +5”. These statistics are for the Hood/Deschutes snow basin. Other basins aren’t fairing as well. Willamette is 61% of normal; Rogue is only 36%; and Klamath is at 32%.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo - Open Sat/Sun only
Willamette Pass - Closed
Mt Bachelor 0/126/Hard Packed
Mt Hood Meadows 2/129/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 1/43/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 0/117/Machine Groomed

Marine: Yesterday’s weather window is closing quickly. S winds are back up in the 15-20 knot range offshore this morning, and seas are about 5 feet with 4 foot wind waves. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is unrestricted. Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 20 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this evening. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas goes into effect at 10:00am this morning and runs through this evening. S winds are expected to rise to 20-25 knots with gusts to 30 today and tonight while swells build to 7-10 feet with a 5 foot chop on top. Tomorrow, SW winds 10 knots gusting 15 and wave heights around 10 feet. Outlook for the weekend includes southerlies 15-20 knots gusting 25 and seas hovering around 8 feet. Winds may be a little lighter on Sunday before veering to the N on Monday and dropping to 5-10 knots.

On the Beach... Rainy, breezy, surf 6-10 feet (moderate).
The Yaquina Head Lighthouse is closed to the public through Saturday, April 5th, for annual maintenance. It will re-open on Sunday, April 6th.
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/03 Thu 09:39 AM -0.35 L
04/03 Thu 04:11 PM 6.90 H
04/03 Thu 09:33 PM 2.48 L
04/04 Fri 03:38 AM 8.16 H

In Short: Rain, wind, showers, then clearing and warmer next week.

Updated: 3:10 PM GMT on April 03, 2014

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Honkin' Sunshine

By: NewportOr, 3:06 PM GMT on April 02, 2014

Wednesday, Apr. 2nd – Lincoln County

Summary: A glancing blow yesterday as a pair of April showers scarcely grazed the ends of the Central Coast producing barely damp ground at Yachats and Lincoln City, with no precipitation recorded in the middle. The breeze was light, too, at about 10-15 mph from the northwest. Otherwise it was filtered sunshine all day with highs around 55F. In the evening sky, a dazzling crescent moon seemed to be smiling and the rest of the orb was nicely illuminated by earthshine. What clouds followed us into the evening dissipated around midnight allowing temps to drop into the upper 30s. At daybreak, mostly clear skies and a very light east wind foreshadowed a Springy day.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 58F/41F
Depoe Bay: 52F/38F
Newport: 57F/38F
Waldport: 55F/39F
Yachats: 54F/40F

Forecast: The sky will be alive today. Along with the sun, you’ll see and hear one of the best signs of the changing season – Canada geese. Waves of V-shaped flights are heading north, honking their proclamation of warmer weather. Highs today should be 55F or better, and winds are expected to remain light. But, don’t set your sights too high. We still have a stretch of wet weather ahead before a serious change to a longer period of dry conditions. Increasing clouds tonight, low about 40F, and a light southwest breeze. Tomorrow, rain is likely by afternoon, high in the low-50s, and southwest winds ramping up to 15-20 mph gusting to 25. Outlook is for showers on Friday, rain Saturday and a chance of rain Sunday. Then, we’re off to the races with sunshine, light winds and highs up into the 60s next week.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with mostly bare pavement, possible spots of ice and about 35F. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is dry with no delays. Valley destinations have dry pavement and sunshine in the forecast. In the Cascades, highways are currently about 25F with spots of ice; carry chains or traction tires. The freezing level is 4,000 feet.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 137”, the same as yesterday, or 81% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo - Open Sat/Sun only
Willamette Pass - Closed
Mt Bachelor 0/126/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 2/132/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 2/43/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 3/117/Machine Groomed

Marine: This is the first day in quite some time with benign conditions on the ocean, so let’s go fishin’! NW winds are less than 10 knots, seas have dropped to 5 feet and the gateways are open. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. It looks like the entire day will be relatively calm with a NW breeze under 10 knots and wave heights around 5 feet. Changes begin tonight, however, with the wind backing to the S and rising to 10-15 knots gusting to 20 after midnight, and seas 5 feet with 3 foot wind waves. Tomorrow, another front arrives with southerlies 20-25 knots gusting to 30 and choppy seas around 7 feet. Outlook is for W wind on Friday 10-15 knots and a swell of 8 feet. For the weekend, SW winds 15-25 knots with seas building to 8-10 feet.

On the Beach... Sun, light breeze, surf 4-5 feet (low).
The Yaquina Head Lighthouse is closed to the public through Saturday, April 5th, for annual maintenance. It will re-open on Sunday, April 6th.
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/02 Wed 08:53 AM -0.61 L
04/02 Wed 03:19 PM 7.39 H
04/02 Wed 08:51 PM 1.92 L
04/03 Thu 02:58 AM 8.63 H

In Short: Mostly sunny, light winds, then cloudy with rain.

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April Showers

By: NewportOr, 3:08 PM GMT on April 01, 2014

Tuesday, Apr. 1st – Lincoln County

Summary: Rain fell most of yesterday, but you had to run around in it to get wet until late afternoon when steady rainfall set in (see Weather Factoid below). Southerly winds were 15-20 mph gusting to 25, and temps peaked in the low-50s. By dusk, a few holes in the clouds gave us another gorgeous sunset. The rain ceased entirely just after dark and overnight skies were broken overcast, the wind fell light and lows were in the low-40s. At daybreak, clouds thickened again and there were a few April showers on the radar, though most appeared to be sliding by to our north.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 55F/44F/0.11”
Depoe Bay: 52F/42F/0.16”
Newport: 53F/41F/0.12”
Waldport: 54F/42F/0.15”
Yachats: 54F/42F/0.13”

Monthly Stats for March*...
Peak Wind Gust - 60mph on the 26th
High Temperature - 67F on the 24th
Low Temperature – 30F on the 22nd
Total Rainfall – 10.86”, 3.41” above normal
*Statistics are from the closest official National Weather Service climate station at Astoria. On the Central Coast, rainfall was only 0.84” above normal, recorded at the Hatfield Marine Science Center weather station.

Forecast: Sunny today with a high of 85-90F and light winds. Yeah, right. Check your calendar and you’ll notice that it appears to be April Fool’s Day. And, for the Central Coast, anything close to the above ‘forecast’ would qualify as a prank, even in June. However, in reality, it can get that hot or hotter. Our all-time record high temperature was 100F on June 24th, 1925. Don’t expect anything near that today. Highs will top out in the low-50s, there’s a chance of showers, some sunbreaks and light winds. Mostly cloudy skies, but dry, tonight with lows in the low-40s. Tomorrow should be the sunniest and driest day of the week with the thermometer rising to 55F or better. Outlook is for a return to wet and unsettled weather Thursday through the weekend. A drying and warming trend begins Monday.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with wet pavement, about 40F and showers expected today. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is wet with no delays. Valley destinations have wet pavement and showers in the forecast. In the Cascades, highways are currently about 25F with slush and packed snow; carry chains or traction tires. The freezing level is 3,500 feet. A Special Weather Statement is in effect for up to 4 inches of snow in the passes today and tonight.

TRAVEL NOTE: Studded tires are illegal beginning today, April 1st.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 137”, the same as yesterday, or 80% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo - Open Sat/Sun only
Willamette Pass - Closed
Mt Bachelor 3/126/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 1/133/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 2/41/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 4/114/Machine Groomed

Marine: The breeze remains out of the SSE at 10-15 knots this morning and seas are 9 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 28 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 36 feet and less. Winds are forecast to veer to SW this afternoon 5-10 knots gusting 15 with wave heights staying around 9 feet through the day. For tonight, NW wind 5-10 knots and seas subsiding to 6 feet after midnight. The best shot at getting out will be tomorrow when winds fall to NW 5 knots and the swell drops to 4 feet. Outlook is for Wednesday’s short-lived weather window to end Thursday when another system approaches bringing S winds of 20-25 knots and seas building to 6 feet. Friday and Saturday, SW winds 15-20 knots with a westerly swell of 9-10 feet.

On the Beach... Showers, sun, light wind, 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 through Saturday, April 5th, for annual maintenance. The lighthouse will re-open on Sunday, April 6th.
Tides
04/01 Tue 08:08 AM -0.67 L
04/01 Tue 02:30 PM 7.83 H
04/01 Tue 08:10 PM 1.35 L
04/02 Wed 02:19 AM 8.98 H

In Short: Showers, clearing, then more rain.

Weather Factoid: When rain is forecast, how come it sometimes doesn’t start in earnest until late in the forecast period? Certain weather circumstances, like we had yesterday, are conducive to drying the precipitation before it hits the ground. With a relatively warm easterly wind flow and dry air situated over the Central Coast, the rain approaching from off the ocean had its work cut out. It had to overcome the dehydrating effects of the breeze and warmer temperatures. There’s usually a tipping point, which we reached about 4:00pm, when the incoming moisture and cooler air had developed enough oomph to overwhelm those effects. It occasionally goes the other way, too, and we end up completely dry during a period where precipitation was predicted.

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