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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
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).
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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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