1/11 Mt. Hood (yawn) forecast and Gorge (yawn) forecast

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 January 11, 2013

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

Just a friendly reminder from my friends at Hood River Rotary: January 21st is the annual Rotary Ski Night at Meadows. Tickets for skiing from 3-9pm are just $10 in advance, $15 at the gate. You can purchase advance tickets now and support a great cause, whether you plan on going or not.

Seriously, I really recommend one of these happy lights. If you need a little more energy pre-6am, sit in front of one for an hour while you write snow reports and forecasts. Works like a charm!

I was pretty surprised to wake up to above-freezing weather in the Gorge this morning. It’s 10 degrees at the base of Meadows and 35 down here. I just looked outside, and could only see a couple of stars, so either the universe just started expanding a lot more rapidly or it’s mostly cloudy. If it’s the latter, that explains why it’s so warm in the Gorge: lack of radiational cooling. I think we’ll see that muck burn off today, as west wind at 17-21 scours the Gorge. If I had to hazard a guess (and I do, since that’s my job), I’d say we’ll see low clouds Saturday and Sunday, but that they’ll burn off, despite light wind. The picture gets more complicated next week, with one heck of an inversion developing, but luckily I don’t have to forecast that far out!

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For guaranteed sun for the next 10 days (with periods of high clouds), head west or up. Or buy a ticket to Hawaii, where you might not be guaranteed sun, but you will be guaranteed warm weather.

On Mt. Hood, the forecast is painful. It’s boring. Today starts with a few orographic snow flurries, becoming clear and cold by mid-morning with north wind at 15-20 becoming NW at 10 late. The free air freezing level will be less than 500′.

Saturday starts off with high clouds, becoming clear in the afternoon. The free air freezing level will be less than 500′. Wind will be NNW at 15mph.

Sunday looks clear, with some high clouds moving in midday. The free air freezing level will be less than 500′. Wind on Sunday could get interesting (thank god, because this forecast is incredibly boring otherwise), with increasing north wind as the day goes on. All we need is a stable layer above the wind to give us a downslope storm, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.

Monday looks really clear and cold and boring. Temps at 5000′ start warming above freezing on Tuesday and stay there through Thursday, at which point the weather on Mt. Hood will be clear, warm and boring. So, I guess if you want to be warm and you want to see sunshine, you can skip that trip to Hawaii and head to Mt. Hood Tuesday-Thursday.

Have an awesome day today!