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.
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.

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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