A Bright Future

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

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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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