11/23 Forecast

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 November 23, 2009

Good morning!

Many apologies for the lack of a forecast yesterday. As many of you know, I work for Mt. Hood Meadows, and yesterday’s nuclear force mountain winds didn’t give me a chance to write a forecast. It’s such a bummer, because I should have said something about the wind up there and the wind on the water. Anyway, please accept my apologies. I will try not to have that happen again.

So, on to today’s forecast. At 5am, it was mostly clear skies up on the slopes and a perfect day for you to skip work. Meadows and T-line are open today, but Skibowl is closed Mon/Tue at this point. I’m going to suggest you check out what the storm left behind. I can’t promise you 23” of powder across the whole mountain. It was far too windy yesterday for that. But there are going to be super-awesome powder stashes, and super-cool wind features. It’s probably worth dragging a camera around with you today on the slopes, or at least bringing a cell phone camera.

The forecast for the next couple of days shows rain on the slopes, a huge bummer on top of all this new snow. Fortunately, models show most of the moisture heading north of us, meaning we’ll just get a dusting of the wet stuff. Wait, you can’t have a “dusting” of rain, can you? A brief shower? A??? I’m too tired to be creative this morning.

As for the wind in the Gorge, it’s not looking very promising for the next couple of days. There’s a chance of light easterlies tomorrow, and slightly stronger east winds on Wednesday.

Finally, we had two unique items stolen from the Hood River Snow Show on Saturday, and if you can help us look out for them, that would be great. The first is a pair of Black Diamond Megawatt skis (188cm, Blue/Black/White). The second is a Unity snowboard (164cm). Please see the pictures below. There is a reward for information leading to the return of the items. And to the person who stole them: you stole that gear from a fundraiser event, and it would be nice if you had the heart to give it back. No questions will be asked.

Have a great day today!



  1. Pete Wright |

    Thanks for your heads up Saturday to us “desparate kiters and windsurfers” for your Sunday “vision”. Rufus was great yesterday and all Three of us thank you for the advice! So don’t worry about taking a day off once and awhile…

  2. Cynthia Bakos |

    Thanks so much for doing this report every day. . .I’m a transplant to Hood River area (Mosier) from FLORIDA. . .just moved up here last May permanently. I’m big into mtn. biking, kiting, and am just getting into some back country sking so I check your forecast daily. . .AND just wanted to say THANK YOU so much for keeping us all informed about what is going on around here. . .it is a great service that you do. . .
    AND no problem about not forecasting yesterday. . .you need a day off!!
    Went up to Meadows hoping to practice my sking but the lift were closed when we got up there. . .anyway, it was all good. . ended up going to Bennett Pass and got my first REAL backcountry experience. . .it was VERY challenging but had a lot of fun! Have a great week and keep up the AWESOME stuff u do!