11/28 Mt. Hood snow/rain, Gorge wind, and other stuff to do around here.

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 November 28, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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It doesn’t look terrible, weather-wise, today. But if you want to play outside, do it early. Looks like the rain will start around 1pm. Tomorrow’s best weather will be in the afternoon, if at all. Friday midday looks decent. In wind news, the gradient is SuperSized this morning: -.30 from Portland to The Dalles. That should give Trudy, Rich, Laura and Larry another chance to sail 3.0 at Dalton, Rooster, or Stevenson. The easterlies back off to 22-25 tomorrow.

Tonight at 5pm, it’s the HRC trails meeting at the OSU extension office. On Saturday at 9am, WTA and CAMBA have a work party at Syncline, and on Saturday at 6pm the DimWits have a night ride (complete with bonfire) in Cascade Locks.

In mountain news, I’d like to give no news, because that’d be good news. Sadly, it’s another … interesting… week on Mt. Hood. The freezing level is somewhere around 9000′ this morning. It will; fall to 6500′ by 4pm and 6000′ by 7pm. Rain starts around noon, for .3” by 4pm and light showers overnight. Wind will be SSW 25-30 this morning, rising to SW 40-50 by noon.

Thursday sees another round of rain on Mt. Hood. The snow level will be 6250′ early, rising to 7000′ by 7am. Rain starts around 4am, for .5” total by 4pm and another .3” overnight. Most of that overnight rain will fall early Friday morning. Wind on Thursday will be SW 40-45 early, rising to SW 45-55 by 7am and holding during the day.

Friday’s snow level starts at 6500′, and drops to 5500′ around 7pm. It will rain in the morning, or sprinkle, anyway, for .2” by 4pm, with the afternoon looking fairly dry. Another .2-.3” falls after midnight, and that might just give us 1-2” of snow.

Saturday morning sees the snow level at 5000′, but models are not agreeing on precipitation amounts. Models do predict WSW wind at 35-40 on Saturday.

Sunday looks cold and snowy. However, depending on the storm track, it could be really, really windy in the afternoon. Monday also looks snowy. Tuesday and Wednesday look downright tropical, minus the palm trees. I’m talking tropical wet season, not tropical as in “let’s hang on the beach.” Maybe tropical as in “let’s drink a Mai Tai and watch the rain fall.” I see Mai Tai cupcakes in my future…

Have an awesome day today!