10/23 Mt.. Hood snow, Gorge wind, and local events

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 October 23, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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There’s not much to report in the wind forecast this week. Light east gradients drive light east wind for the next few days, finishing up with possible light west wind on Friday.

In more interesting news, I was out chanterelle hunting a couple of days ago, and have to report that they are running late, at least here in the Gorge. My understanding is they’re out west of here, but not here, not yet. Why? Well, I was doing some trail work last night, and despite the fact that it’s been pouring rain, the ground is only wet a couple of inches down in the forest. Go figure.

In other weather news, there’s a pretty good chance of a foggy inversion day on our upcoming dry day, Thursday. Maybe make tentative plans to head to Portland or The Dalles to get out of the inversion?

In snow news, the snow level will be around 2500-3000′ this morning, with snow flurries picking up midday, backing off in the afternoon, and then increasing overnight. Total precip today will be .1-.2” during the day, followed by another .3-.4” overnight. That should give the mountains another 4-6” between this morning and tomorrow morning. Wind today will be SW 15-20 early, rising to SW 20-25 later in the day.

Tomorrow see the snow level at 3000′ early, rising to 4000′ in the evening. Total precip will be .1-.3” during the day, followed by another .2-.3” overnight, for 2-5” of new snow. Wind on Wednesday will be SW 20-25 early, dropping to 15-20 in the evening.

Thursday starts off with light flurries, becoming just-plain-cloudy by mid-morning. The freezing level will be 4000′ all day, rising to 5500′ overnight. Wind will be WNW 20-25 early, dropping to W 10-15 midday and SW 10 late in the evening.

On Friday, a warm, wet system with freezing levels of 6500′ swings over the top of the cooler air. Rain or freezing rain will start around 11am. Wind will be SW 15-20 early, rising to SW 30-35 at 2pm and WNW 25-30 by 5pm. Following this messy weather will be a warm, wet tropical mess starting sometime Sunday.

There are a couple of things going on tonight. First, Josh Madsen from Telemark Skier Magazine will be at Dog River showing the movie “Let’s Go.” Also tonight, it’s Kayak Polo at the Hood River pool. Beginners are welcome. It’s a great workout! $45 for the season or $8 for a drop-in game.

Coming up this weekend, it’s the Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival at Columbia Center for the Arts and other local venues. Films cover all sorts of subjects. Check it out at CAC’s website.

Tomorrow evening is the monthly Hood River County Trails Committee meeting. It’s from 5-6:30pm at the Board of Commissioners room at 601 State in Hood River. That’s also the location where you can drop off your ballot. Have you voted yet? No? This is your guilty conscience speaking. Get out and vote. Voting is your voice, and if you don’t vote, you can’t complain about the results of the election.

Have an awesome day today!