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Today looks quite lovely on Mt. Hood, with sunshine and light wind. The valleys will suffer today, with the Nothing hanging in the sky, sending people to the psychiatrist’s office for a dose of Prozac. But that’s depressing. Back to Mt. Hood, where the sun will shine: we’ll see W wind at 10-20 today, fading to light and variable by midday. The atmosphere will be quite stable today, with the temp hovering around 32 all the way up to 8500’ or so. No precip today.
Tomorrow starts off with clear skies and the freezing level around 7000’, dropping to 5500’ by 7pm and falling to around 1500’ overnight. We’ll see clouds move in around 4pm and .1-.2” water value for 1-3” of snow overnight. Winds will be W 5-10 early, picking up to W 25-35 by 7pm and going to NW 25-35 overnight.
Things get really interesting on Wednesday. We’ll see light flurries early, becoming partly cloudy by noon and sunny by early afternoon. The freezing level will be around 2000’. Here’s the fun part: early morning wind will be NW 30-40, swinging to NNW. Then by 1pm, we’ll have NNE wind at 30-35, becoming NE 30-40 by 7pm. This could cause issues on the slopes, as I’m likely underestimating the strength. We’ll also see compressional heating and downslope acceleration as a stable layer sets up in the atmosphere around 8000’. At least it’s not at 11,000’, which would cause a true downslope storm like we had on a clear Friday last year.
Thursday looks clear and cool and dry with east wind at 30-40, fading to 20-30 by 1pm.
The weather looks dry through the weekend, when we’ll see 40+ degrees at the base, no wind, and sunshine. Omega Block, go away: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omega_block
If you are looking for wind sports, Tuesday starts off with east wind at 15-18, switching to west 15-18 by 3pm. Wednesday sees W wind at 22-24 east of Hood River, dying in the afternoon. Thursday brings, big, big east wind at Stevenson and Rooster, likely too windy to sail at Rooster.
Have an awesome day today!
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