10/20 Forecast

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 October 20, 2010

Good morning!

It’s 36 degrees at Larry’s house as I write this forecast at 7:30am. I’m not sure of the temperatures at Stevenson or Rooster Rock, but I’m guessing it’s chilly at the beach as well. However, it is windy, with a .13 gradient driving low thirties at Rooster and low twenties at Stevenson.

We’ll see 30ish at Rooster this morning and 24-27 at Stevenson. As always with easterlies, you must get it early.

Tomorrow doesn’t look windy, unless you’re headed to the coast for a 30+ knot southerly wavesailing or speedsailing session. The upper low driving tomorrow’s south wind will be followed by a second upper low on Friday, for a second round of coastal speedsailing.

The real weather fun begins on Friday, as the first in a series of systems hits the Northwest. The final result of this change in the weather – due to the jet stream changing course and slamming directly into Oregon – is, in NOAA’s words, “SNOW LEVELS MAY FALL BELOW THE CASCADE PASSES BEGINNING LATE SUNDAY AND MONDAY FOR SIGNIFICANT MOUNTAIN SNOW. STAY TUNED.”

Here’s the synopsis: rain should start late Thursday night into Friday morning. ½” of water value Friday, ¾” on Saturday, 2-3” Sunday, 1” on Monday. At some point Sunday, the snow level will drop to 4-5k. On Monday, snow levels fall to 3-4k. This is low enough that we’ll see snow at Skibowl, T-Line and Meadows. I’m waiting until Saturday to see when the snow levels drop to see if it’s worth skiing Sunday. Stay tuned.

Speaking of skiing, if you want lift-serve, remember that T-line is only open Fri-Sun at this point. However, your winter Fusion Pass will get you on the slopes. Assuming visibility and avy danger are okay, Monday should be a decent day for skinning. This storm is coming in warm and cooling off, so it’s going to be good base-building snow. Keep your fingers crossed for a stable snowpack this winter!

Finally, if you’re looking for something to do on this rainy weekend, Mark Nilsson is having an “I’m going to Paris to celebrate my big birthday” Studio Sale from 10-5 on 7 E. Hazel in Hood River. Come pick up some cool paintings and meet the cool artist.


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