Welcome to Dirty Ridge

By: NewportOr , 3:05 PM GMT on April 16, 2014

Wednesday, Apr. 16th – Lincoln County

Summary: A general blend of clouds and sunshine yesterday. Enough solar heating got through to push the mercury up to near 60F in most areas, and northwest winds were 5-10 mph gusting to 15. After sunset, overcast skies became the prevailing feature and by midnight, we started to see some light rainfall. There was measureable precipitation along the northern half of the Central Coast, while Waldport and Yachats were just lightly dampened. Low temps dropped to the mid-40s. At daybreak, there was occasional but barely perceptible drizzle, and winds were out of the south-southeast at 5 mph.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 59F/49F/0.05”
Depoe Bay: 58F/44F/0.03”
Newport: 54F/43F/0.02”
Waldport: 59F/45F/Below 0.01”
Yachats: 52F/46F/Below 0.01”

Forecast: Our current weather is dominated by what meteorologists refer to as a ‘dirty ridge.’ This is a weak and variable ridge of high pressure that is sometimes strong enough to keep incoming moisture at bay, other times not. Today, there’s a chance for some additional light rain to penetrate the ridge with moderate winds and high temps about 55F. Some drizzle is possible tonight, lows around 50F. Tomorrow, the ridge weakens and a stronger front brings in rain for much of the day, high of 55F and light south winds. Outlook is for the high pressure to amplify on Friday giving us a partly cloudy day, followed by rain again on Saturday, mostly cloudy Sunday and varying chances of showers heading into next week. Highs 55F, lows 40-45F and mainly light winds.

Travel: In the Coast Range, temps were around 45F at daybreak; overcast with light rain and highs of 50-60F today. Valley destinations are expecting rain with highs about 60F. For the Cascades, spots of ice this morning, then rain likely. The freezing level is 5,500 feet rising to 7,000 feet tonight.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 116”, no change since yesterday, or 68% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo Closed for Season
Willamette Pass Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 0/106/Spring
Mt Hood Meadows 0/109/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl Closed for Skiing/Tubing Open Sat-Sun
Timberline Lodge 0/146/Machine Groomed

Marine: No surprises this morning; as predicted, the breeze has come around to the SSW at 10 knots and seas are 6 feet. At 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. The SW wind is expected to pick up a little today, 10-15 knots gusting 20, and the swell rises slightly to 7-8 feet with 3 foot wind waves. Conditions should be about the same tonight, but tomorrow a stronger front arrives and SW winds are forecast to build to 15-20 knots gusting 25 with seas in the 7-8 foot range. Outlook is for a brief break in the weather on Friday when the breeze veers to the NNE 5-10 knots with an 8 foot swell. Saturday and Sunday, it’s back to SW weather and winds 5-15 knots. The latest wave models show a large swell arriving on Sunday, 13-15 feet or higher.

On the Beach... Light rain, light wind, surf 5-7 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/16 Wed 07:47 AM -0.62 L
04/16 Wed 02:13 PM 7.19 H
04/16 Wed 07:40 PM 1.92 L
04/17 Thu 01:46 AM 8.72 H

In Short: Drizzle, light wind, rain, then brief clearing.

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