11/14 Gorge wind, Mt. Hood snow (lots of it) and events

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 November 14, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Down here in Hood River, the Thing That Lives in the Gorge has descended, blocking the view of the sun, the blue sky, and the snow-covered volcanoes. So let’s talk about the snow forecast first, because it’s lovely on Mt. Hood today. If you happen to be up there (or not in the Gorge), enjoy the sunshine! It’ll be sunny all day long, with the freezing level at 4500′ early and 5000′ in the afternoon. Light wind – W 10-15 early and NW 5 in the afternoon – completes the picture.

Actually, let’s switch to events and wind before I get you all excited with next week’s Mt. Hood forecast. So, if you want windsurfing or kiting, you can join the hoards in baja or Maui or you can head to Stevenson or Rooster tomorrow for some radical winter sunshine on the water and 26-30mph easterlies.

If you need stuff to do, the HRATS have a board meeting Thursday evening at 10 Speed at 6pm. Come experience the boredom behind the fun work parties and bike events! Joking aside, we’d love to have more people behind the scenes. Your volunteerism will bring you good karma. After the meeting, there’s a free body maintenance workshop at Dirty Fingers at 7pm. Learn how to make your body feel better with common kitchen objects. Put down the cucumber and join Heidi Roberts for a seminar on injury prevention and treatment.

Now, back to your regularly scheduled forecast:

Tomorrow looks clear on Mt. Hood. The freezing level will be 3000′ early, dropping to 1000′ midday with the east winds and rising to 5000′ in the afternoon as the wind swings south. So, east wind at 10-15 early becomes SW 15-20 in the afternoon.

On Friday, a very weak front swings through, bringing occasional wet flurries with less than .2” of water value for an inch or so of snow. The snow level will be 5000′ early and 5500′ in the afternoon. Wind will be SW 25-30 all day long.

On Saturday, a strong and fast-moving front hits Mt. Hood for a quick .8” wallop of precip starting around 10am. The snow level will be at 6500′ around 4am, falling to 4000′ at 10am and 3500′ by 1pm. It looks like there may be a little rain mixed in this system initially, but the bulk of the precip will fall as snow for 4-6” of wet new snow at 5000′. The precip will mostly end by 4pm, with clear skies late. Wind on Saturday will be SW 40 early, rising to SW 40-50 midday and backing off the SW 20-25 in the evening.

Sunday looks partly cloudy, with a snowy system hitting overnight for 4-6”.

In the long-range forecast, next week looks very wet – each day brings around 1” of water value – with snow levels bobbing between 4000′ and 6500′. As of now, the storm track suggests a heavy dose of rain followed by snow on Monday afternoon, colder temps and lots of snow (with periods of rain) on Tuesday and Wednesday, and a warmer system on Thanksgiving with heavy rain. That is a long distance out to be making detailed calls, but the general picture is alternating snow and rain along with strong wind on Mt. Hood.

Chance of Meadows being open this week: 0%. Chance of Meadows being open for Thanksgiving: 60% (depending on the forecast for Thanksgiving itself). Chance of Meadows being open by 11/28: 95%.

Have an awesome day today!