11/11 Gorge wind, Mt. Hood mixed precip, and still very few chanterelles

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 November 11, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Now that it’s not really windsurfing or kiteboarding season, some good news for windsurfers and bad news for kiters: Windsurfing has been reinstated in the 2016 Olympics. Kiting is out. Read all about it here.

Speaking of those wind sports, I thought we’d see easterlies in the teens today, but it’s only a .03 gradient right now. I think it will pick up a bit, but at 37 degrees, it’s your choice if you want to get out on the river in gusty, rainy east winds. We should see slightly warmer west wind at 15-18 tomorrow, but it’ll be post-frontal wind and quite gusty. It may pick up to 22-26 in the eastern desert for a few hours tomorrow afternoon.

In very exciting weekend news, Andrew’s is playing the new Bond movie on both screens, and all shows were sold old both Friday and Saturday night. I know. Big news in a small town!

But the point of this forecast is weather, and it looks like we’re going to sneak by today, at least at river level. Parkdale, currently at 30 degrees, is going to see some snowflakes, but it’s shouldn’t snow more than an inch or so before switching to rain. In Hood River and Odell today, we’ll see some wet snowflakes, but those flakes should stay off the roadways. By early evening, we should be back to all rain, all the time, all through the Gorge.

On the mountain, the precip starts as snow today and switches to rain. The snow level is around 1000′ this morning. It will rise to 1500′ by 1pm, 5500′ by 7pm, and 6000′ by 10pm. With base elevations of 5225′, 5960′, and 3500′, only one resort will see significant accumulation at lodge level, and it ain’t my resort. The precip starts falling mid-morning or early afternoon in the form of snow (or less likely, as freezing rain). About .3” water value falls before 7pm, for 2-3” of new snow at 5000′. Some wet slush may fall after 7pm, but mostly it’s going to be all rain, all the time, for .8-1.0” of rain by 4am. Upper elevations of the higher resorts will pick up 6-12” of new snow. Wind today will be W 15-20 early, going to WSW 15-20 by 1pm then rising to 25-35 by 7pm and holding overnight.

Monday starts with more rain on the mountain, with the snow level around 6500′. It will drop to 4000′ by 1pm and maybe as low as 3500′ by 4pm, but by the time the snow level drops, the precip will have mostly stopped. We’ll get .9” of water value, mostly as rain, by 1pm. That will be followed by .1-.2” overnight into Tuesday, for 1-2” of snow. Wind Monday will be WSW 30-35 early, swinging to W 30-35 by 7am, and WNW 20-30 in the afternoon.

Tuesday brings a mix of clouds, sun and flurries to Mt. Hood. The snow level will be 4500′ early, rising to 5500′ by 1pm, and likely dropping just enough, to 5000′, by 7pm. Flurries fall druing the day, followed by a round of wet snow after 7pm for .1-.2” water value overnight into Wednesday, for 1-2” of new snow. Wind on Tuesday will be W 15 early, going to SW 15 midday and holding overnight.

Wednesday morning sees the snow level around 5000′. At this point, it looks like we’ll see a few inches of wet snow on Wednesday morning. The weather looks dry through Friday, and then another system moves in next weekend sometime, but it will likely be similar in nature to today’s system: just a little too warm to do what we want it to do: snow!

Have an awesome day today!