10/29 Gorge wind, Mt. Hood rain and events

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 October 29, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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You might have noticed something different outside your window this morning. Yes, there are a few patches of blue sky out there, and yes, the weather is going to be less wet today than it’s been. Get outside and enjoy it today, if you can. If you’re desperate for windsurfing or kiting, you’ll find gusty westerlies at 21-26 today in the eastern Gorge. That’s it for wind for a few days. Watch out for debris in the water if you’re heading into the Columbia.

In interesting news, the Hood did a big jump this weekend: It was running at about 3.6′, and within a few hours, it jumped to almost 7′. That’s Oregon’s version of a flash flood, and it’s a sign of our snowpack melting away. Anyway, the Hood is currently running at 7.8′, a chocolate brown soup of kayaking delight.

Your weather forecast for the next three days includes sprinkles through noon today, followed by a mostly dry afternoon. The rain picks up again tonight, and continues through much of the day tomorrow. Lighter rain continues on Wednesday, but Thursday looks mostly dry, if cloudy. Friday looks dry.

In events this week, there’s kayak polo on Tuesday. Coming up next weekend, there’s the HRVHS ski swap. Next Saturday, the HRATS are showing the mtb movie “Strength in Numbers” at the Pint Shack. In raffle world at the movie is a GoPro and other rad prizes.

Up on the mountain, it’s continued rain for the next three days. Today starts off with sprinkles, with the snow level at 10,000′. Wind today will be SW 30-40, swinging to W 35-45 around 11am. After noon, the wind slowly fades, dropping to SW 20-25 by midnight. Total mountain rain today is all over the board in the models, but it looks like the worst of the rain will swing north, giving Mt. Hood .1-.3” by 11am, a break for the rest of the day, and then rain starting again tonight around midnight, with another .3-.5” by 5am Tuesday.

Tuesday looks rather wet on Mt. Hood. The snow level starts at 8000′, and quickly rises to 11,000′ by 11am. Total rain will be .6-.8” by 5pm, with another .5-.7” overnight. Wind Tuesday will be SW 20-30 early, rising to SW 30-40 in the afternoon.

Wednesday brings more rain, with the snow level slowly dropping from 11,000′ in the morning to 7500′ in the evening. Total rainfall will be .3-.4” from 5am to 5pm, followed by a couple more tenths overnight. Wind Wednesday will be SW 25-35 early, dropping to SW 15-20 in the evening.

On Thursday, the snow level drops more, starting at 6500-7000′ early, and falling to 6000′ in the evening. However, there will be less than .25” of snow/rain with this system. Wind will be light at SW 15 pretty much all day. Friday looks dry.

Have an awesome day today!