1/23 Forecast

Posted by
Temira
Date
 January 23, 2011
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Good morning. Your weekend forecast is late again. You can thank the windy weather on Mt. Hood for that.

Mountain Weather Forecast:

Today looks cloudy and windier than models are showing. Models show winds at 20-30, and we’re seeing 50-60 at 8000’ right now, which has lifts on standby at Meadows. Anyway, winds are supposed to die later, but given that this front isn’t supposed to pass until late in the day, I don’t see a significant decrease in the wind (that should guarantee it will back off). We’ll see a chance of light, intermittent sprinkles – more like scattered raindrops – today as well, with less than .10” possible. By tonight, winds should be down to NNW 15-20. The freezing level will be at 8000’ today, falling to 6500-7000’ by Monday morning.

We’ll see more scattered raindrops tomorrow, with periods of steady light drizzle for a total of .1” of precip or less. Morning winds will be WSW 15-25, rising to SW 30-40 by 1pm, turning to W 30-40 by 4pm. The snow level will slowly fall during the day to about 4000-4500’ overnight, rising back to 6500’ by Tuesday morning.

Tuesday looks dry, with the FAF rising from 6500’ to 8000’ by afternoon. Winds early will be NW 20-25, backing off to “light and variable” by 1pm.

We’ll see light and variable winds on Wednesday, rising to E 10-15 in the afternoon, with sunny skies, no precipitation, and the FAF around 9-10000’.

Gorge Wind Forecast:

Today brings light west winds in the 13-18 range in the desert. Tomorrow looks light. We’ll see early morning westerlies at 17-21 on Tuesday. Winds switch by Tuesday afternoon, becoming east at 18-22 on Wednesday. The Columbia River is currently 39 degrees.

Here’s the sad word from NOAA this morning: “THE LONG TERM IS NOT CHARACTERISTIC OF A LA NINA WINTER PATTERN…MORE LIKE AN EL NINO.”

Somebody please do something about this.

Thanks, and have a great day today!

Temira

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