11/6 Gorge wind, Mt. Hood mixed precip, and local events

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 November 6, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Yesterday was my kind of fall day. We set a high temp record at HOXO: 69 degrees, breaking the old record of 67 degrees. Thanks to Hood River Weather for that tidbit of information. Today should be fairly warm too, but expect temperatures to drop 10 to 20 degrees tomorrow. Brrr.

Your best chance for wind in the next few days will be today. Look for westerlies at 15-18 by late morning, picking up to 22-26 in the eastern Gorge early in the afternoon.

In events this evening, there’s Kayak Polo at the Hood River Pool at 8pm. It’s pretty fun, and it’s warm, so I try to make it every week. I was unable to find any election parties this evening, so you may be on your own at home or at a bar if politics is your thing. Even if it’s not, get out there and vote, because it’s not just your right as a citizen. It’s your duty.

For events later this week, there’s the Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Friday and Saturday night at Columbia Center for the arts. Then on Saturday, join your trail organization for a huge work party on all the trails around Family Man. Meet at 10 Speed at 8:30am. You’ll end up with snacks and drinks and a chance to win some great raffle prizes.

Now, on to the snow forecast: Today looks far too warm for snow. The snow level will be >10,000′ all day, finally dropping to 9000′ by 10pm, and then crashing overnight, ending up at 3000′. There’s not all that much precip with this system: maybe .1-.3” overnight, for 1-2” of new snow after it switches from rain. Wind today will be SW 20-25 early, rising a bit mid-afternoon, and then picking up to WSW 35-40 overnight.

Tomorrow starts with the snow level around 3000′, but we’ll only see .1” of precip or so, for less than an inch of snow. Wind Wednesday will be W 30-35 early, swinging to NW 20-25 by 7am and dropping to W 10 in the afternoon.

Thursday looks cold, with the snow level at 2500′ early, dropping to 1500′ midday and rising a bit in the afternoon to 2000′. Total precip will be .1-.2” water value, for an inch or two of new at best. Wind Thursday will be light and variable early, swinging to E 10-15 midday and NE 10-20 in the afternoon.

Friday also looks cold, with the snow level around 1000′. Precip models are all over the place, so let’s call it .3” for 3-4” of new. Wind will be NW 10-15, at least in the morning.

The next big shot of precip comes Sunday night. It looks like it will start as snow or freezing rain on Mt. Hood and then switch to rain, at least below 6500′ or so. This is also our best chance for a few flakes in the Gorge.

Have an awesome day today!