Wednesday: Incoming snow for the mountain. Incoming cold for the lowlands.

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Temira
Date
 February 14, 2018
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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
4a-8a 8a-12p 12p-4p 4p-8p 8p-4a
Wednesday
1500′->500′
Thursday
500′->1500′->1000′
Friday
1000′->3500′->1000′


Mt. Hood Snow Forecast


I think y’all will like this forecast. It contains a lot of snow and also a lot of wind. You probably like that first bit more than the second bit, but that’s the price we pay!

Wednesday looks snowy on Mt. Hood. The snow level will be 1500′ all day and 500′-1000′ tonight. Models predict .3”-.6” water value (WV) today, for 4-7” of fluffy powder. Antoehr .2” WV is forecast for tonight, giving us another 2-3” of pow. Wind today will be WNW or NW 35 all day, dropping to NW 20 overnight.

Thursday sees flurries during the day and light, steady snowfall overnight. The snow level will be 500-1000′ early, 1500′ midday, and 1000′ in the evening. A trace to an inch of snow falls during the day, and an inch or two more falls overnight. Wind will be NW 20 early, W 15-20 in the afternoon, and W 25 after midnight.

Friday looks snowy, but models disagree on the amount of freshies. The snow level will be 1000′ early, 3500′ in the afternoon, and 2000′ overnight. Somewhere between .3” and .7” WV falls during the day, for 3-7” of regular old fresh tracks. Another .4” WV falls overnight for 4” more. Wind will be W 25 in the morning, WNW or NW 45 from mid-morning on, and NW 25 after midnight. That could impact some lift operations, most likely slowing lifts down but not shutting them down.

Saturday, on the other hand, looks like a shutdown, at least at Meadows. The GFS currently predicts W wind at 55 in the morning and W 70 in the afternoon. Models disagree on the exact track of a storm moving into BC, and that will impact snowfall: the Euro predicts 2” during the day, and the GFS is predicting a foot. Sunday looks less windy. As of right now, both models are predicting two feet of new snow over the weekend. The timing is the only thing in question. New snow! Fresh tracks! Yay!

Gorge Wind

For Wednesday, we’ll start with W 10-13 through the entire Gorge. As a front moves through and strong high pressure rebuilds offshore, the wind will pick up to 24-28+ from Mosier to Maryhill. The western Gorge will likely stay cloudy with gusty 18-23. It doesn’t look like the strongest wind will reach Arlington today. For Thursday, the length of the Gorge will see 10-13 all day. Friday starts with W 7-10. As an upper low moves into Canada and a front approaches from the west, the wind will pick up to gusty 22-28 from Stevenson to Arlington with 11-14 near Hood River. Saturday looks like 26-30+ (everywhere except near HR), and Sunday looks like 24-28.
 

Random Morning Thoughts

I have a view of snow this morning. It’s not here at my house, but it is up in White Salmon and Underwood. It’s quite pretty. I also see blue sky, which gives me hope that I’ll see the sun today. That makes me happy. Simple pleasures… these are the pleasures that are easy to acquire. In the midst of difficult times, those simple pleasures become a resource.

You can stop for a moment and set your troubles aside. Don’t worry – they’ll be right there for you to return to… As you stop, you can turn your attention to a nearby simple pleasure: the pretty snow on Underwood, a sunbeam, a Grass Widow, awe at human constructions like skyscrapers, chocolate, the vastness of the universe, a bird flying by… You know your own simple pleasures better than I do. Find them. Make them a resource. Use them for a mini vacation in the midst of a regular day. May you be happy. Have an awesome day.
 

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Gorge Wind Forecast

For Wednesday, we’ll start with W 10-13 through the entire Gorge. As a front moves through and strong high pressure rebuilds offshore, the wind will pick up to 24-28+ from Mosier to Maryhill. The western Gorge will likely stay cloudy with gusty 18-23. It doesn’t look like the strongest wind will reach Arlington today. For Thursday, the length of the Gorge will see 10-13 all day. Friday starts with W 7-10. As an upper low moves into Canada and a front approaches from the west, the wind will pick up to gusty 22-28 from Stevenson to Arlington with 11-14 near Hood River. Saturday looks like 26-30+ (everywhere except near HR), and Sunday looks like 24-28.
 

Gorge Weather Forecast

It’s raining this morning. The rain will turn to sprinkles after 9am. Temps will be in the mid 30’s early and mid 40’s this afternoon. Moderate to strong westerlies later. 99% chance of rainbows. Thursday looks mostly cloudy and sprinkly. Temps will be in the mid 30’s early and upper 40’s later. Light westerlies. 4% chance of rainbows. Friday looks rainy. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and upper 40’s later. Moderate westerlies. 99% chance of rainbows. We’re headed into a very cold spell next week with temps in the teens.

For weather specifically directed at travel through the Gorge, please visit Temira’s Awesome Travel Advisory Service on Facebook.
 

White Sprinter Van of the Week



 
White Sprinter Van map of the world!!!

Road and Mountain Biking

The night before last was freeze-thaw, and now we’ve had 1/4” of rain. That means trails will be muddy and delicate. Please don’t ride or you’ll do damage. If your bike is muddy, you are doing damage and must repent by showing up for trail work parties. Wait ’til next week when the trails will be frozen solid.
 

Upcoming Events

It’s Wednesday. There’s community yoga, free or by donation, at FISH Food Bank in Hood River at 10am. There’s community meditation at Trinity Natural Medicine at noon. There’s ping pong at the Hood River Armory at 5:30pm and Zumba at the St. Francis House in Odell at 6pm. There’s by-donation YogaFaith (Christ-centered Yoga) at Pure Yoga in The Dalles at 6:45.
 

Click here for the full events calendar.

Have an awesome day today!

Temira

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