April Showers

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

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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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