Coastal forecaster, weather observer and offshore sailor specializing in the local nuances of Central Oregon Coast weather for residents and visitors.
By: NewportOr , 2:59 PM GMT on March 11, 2014
Tuesday, Mar. 11th – Lincoln County
Summary: If Sunday was pea soup, yesterday was the Pu Pu platter at a Chinese restaurant. There was a little something to satisfy everyone’s weather palate. Clouds, sun, showers, breeze and highs in the low-50s kept the pangs at bay for Central Coast residents. For dessert, a dazzling sunset capped the daylight menu. Overnight, the break-up of sky cover continued and the mercury dipped just below 40F. This morning it was completely clear, except for a few patches of fog, and the wind was light.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 55F/42F/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 50F/37F/0.01”
Forecast: You’ve earned it... a day or three of sunshine and dry weather. With the bashing we’ve taken in the last few weeks, a stretch of dry weather and sunshine should warm the cockles of your heart. Sunny today with a high near 60F, but as usual during clear Winter days, we’ll have to contend with east winds of 15-20 mph. Tonight, if you’re going to the Newport Public Library to catch the 1935 classic film, “David Copperfield,” you can expect mostly clear skies; the low overnight, 45F or so. And, it doesn’t look like today’s dry weather is a fluke. The next two or three days should follow suit. Sunny again tomorrow, high about 60F with northeast winds 15-20 mph gusting 25. Outlook is for mostly sunny on Thursday, cooler, high about 55F. Then, a bump in the road on Friday with mostly cloudy skies and a 50-50 chance of rain. Back to mostly sunny and 60F for Saturday, but a return to showers is possible on Sunday.
Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with spots of ice and temperatures around freezing; warming to near 60F this afternoon. Highway 101 along the Central Coast may have icy spots, but currently no delays. Valley destinations have mostly bare pavement with frost in spots and warm sunshine forecast today. Corvallis is under a Dense Fog Advisory this morning. In the Cascades, highway passes are about 25F with spots of ice and packed snow. The freezing level is 5,000 feet, climbing to 8,000 feet tonight. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 113”, a gain of 10” since yesterday, or 72% of normal.
Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 1/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 11/111/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 7/111/Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/29/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 4/73/Powder
Marine: Fairly benign conditions this morning at sea with E winds under 10 knots and wave heights about 7 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. For today, N winds 10-15 knots, seas 6-7 feet. An increase in N winds tonight to 15-20 knots, seas 5 feet. Tomorrow, NE winds 10-15 knots, but the arrival of a deep ocean swell train will push seas up to 12-13 feet. Outlook is for those seas to subside to 10 feet on Thursday with NW winds 10 knots. Southerlies 10-15 knots are forecast for Friday and Saturday, with seas 9-12 feet. NOTE: If your offshore voyages take you up to the Columbia River, you should know that the US Coast Guard will be adding a Synthetic AIS (Automatic Identification System) identifier to the Columbia River Approach Lighted Whistle Buoy “CR” (LLNR 690). This will not replace the physical buoy but will be broadcast from an AIS Base Station to coincide with the existing physical aid to navigation. Vessels with AIS capable systems will be able to see the symbols and other information on their displays. The future has arrived.
On the Beach... Sunny, breezy, surf 5-6 feet (low).
03/11 Tue 09:20 AM 7.3 H
03/11 Tue 04:16 PM 0.91 L
03/11 Tue 10:59 PM 6.49 H
03/12 Wed 04:18 AM 3.18 L
In Short: Clear, east winds, then a chance of showers.
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