12/7 Forecast

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 December 7, 2011

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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The word of the day is “dry.” The other word of the day is “inversion.”

Today will be dry, with some high clouds moving in at some point. The freezing level will be 10000’ early, dropping to 6500’ by 4pm and then dropping to the surface overnight. Mt. Hood wind will be NW 20-25 early, building to NW 30-35 around 4pm and backing off to NW 15-25 by 10pm.

Tomorrow sees another inversion, with a bubble of 32-34 degree air around the ski area with cold temps above and below. By 4pm, a big inversion will set up, with the free air freezing level (FAF) at 8500’. Winds will be NE 15-25 in the morning, going to light and variable in the afternoon.

The monster inversion to end all inversions sets up overnight, with the freezing level around 10,000’ all day on Mt. Hood with 20-something-degree weather in the Gorge. Winds will be E 10-15 going to SW 10-15 in the afternoon.

As of yesterday, it seemed like we’d see a few inches of snow over the weekend. As of today, it seems like we’ll see clouds, a few flurries, and nothing more. Next chance for significant snowfall? Maybe a few inches on Tuesday, but at this point, the models have no consensus on any end to this pattern.

Pray for snow. Or better yet, just pray for the jet stream to come our way.

For you Gorge kiters and windsurfers, there will be east wind at 17-20 tomorrow and 24-28 on Friday, but it’s going to be bitterly cold.

Best outdoor activity this week? Dimwits with Bright Light at the Cascade Locks EasyCLIMB trail. 6:15pm. Bring hot dogs, a stick, and s’more fixings.

Have an awesome day today!


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