12/19 Mt. Hood Sun/Snow Forecast

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 December 19, 2011

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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I sent the following note into the universe this morning:

“Dear Mother Nature: We know we complain a lot about the endless gray weather here in the Northwest in the winter. Please understand we didn’t mean to hurt your feelings and that we certainly don’t want you to change the weather. We complain because it gives us something to talk about with friends and strangers. We’d like our gray, gloomy, wet weather back now, please. Thank you for trying to make us happy. We’re truly happier soaking wet, white as ghosts, and depressed from lack of sun.”

In the meantime, we’re back to sunshine on Mt. Hood. It will stay sunny today, with the freezing level rising to 8000’ in the afternoon. The wind will be light early, going to NW 10-15 in the afternoon.

Tomorrow starts off clear, becoming high overcast, cloudy, or quite possibly foggy around 11am as a system swings by to the north. At this point, it looks like Mt. Hood will stay dry, and that’s a good thing, as our best chance of precip will come around 1pm, when it will be too warm. So, if we see anything, we’ll see very light sprinkles at 5000’. The snow level will be 6500’ at 4am, dropping to 6000’ by 1pm and 4500’ by 7pm. Windspeeeds will be NW 15-20 early, rising to WNW 25-35 by 10am and swinging to NNW 20-30 around 7pm.

Wednesday looks dry and sunny, with the freezing level at 2000’ early, dropping near the surface during the day. Wind will be NE 10-20 early going to E 20-25 by 10am.

Thursday looks sunny and warm. Next chance for snow is Friday, with 3-5” possible, probably starting out as a mix of snow and rain.

For you windsurfers and kiters, east winds build to 15-28 this afternoon. Wednesday looks like 24-28, and Thursday looks like a big east wind event.

Have an awesome day today!


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