2/12 Mt. Hood snow and wind, Gorge weather and my obsession with gardening.

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 February 12, 2013


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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

I’m sitting at my desk this morning surrounded by forecasting models, sure, but I’m also surrounded by seed packets. This sunny, warmish, west wind weather has me feeling like spring has arrived, even though we’re far from spring. Remember, March tends to be wet in the lowlands and very snowy in the mountains. Don’t be fooled by the February lamb; the March lion will be here soon!

In the meantime, the Gorge will remain above freezing for the next few days. Tempted to start lettuce? Me too! Expect temps in the mid-forties through Thursday. We’ll see a mostly cloudy day today, with a few sprinkles possible. Tomorrow looks cloudy with some rain. Thursday starts off rainy, with partly cloudy sky in the afternoon. On Friday, a prediction of strong east wind through the Gorge almost certainly portends a gloomy day of low cloud cover, but at least it will be dry, if cooler.

Wind in the Gorge will be gusty 24-28 this afternoon east of Hood River. Tomorrow will be gusty 21-24 through much of the Gorge, strongest east of The Dalles. Thursday brings light wind, and Friday brings easterlies at 26-30.

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On Mt. Hood today, a partly cloudy and very windy morning will give way to snow flurries by 1pm. The snow level today will be 3000′. Total precip will be .1-.2” water value (WV) by 4pm, for less than 2” of new. Another .2-.3” WV falls overnight, for 2-3” by Wednesday morning. Wind today will be NW 25-35 pretty much all day.

Tomorrow brings heavier snowfall starting around 7am. Strong NW flow will contribute orographic enhancement to the snowfall amounts: expect .8-1.2” WV for 8-12”+ during the day followed by another .5-.6” WV overnight for 5-6” more. Hopefully you like storm skiing, because the wind will be WNW 30-35 early, picking up to WNW 40-45 early afternoon and then going to NW 40 in the evening. This is my pick for best day of the week.

The snow level rises Wednesday night, and will be around 5500′ early Thursday morning. By 10am, it’ll be at 6000′, not dropping until 10pm, when it falls to 4500′. That means we’ll likely see a mix of rain and snow and freezing rain and sleet and whatever else on Thursday. Total precip will be .3-.4” WV before 4pm, with precip tapering off to nothing after that. Wind Thursday will be WNW 30 early, NW 25 at 10am, NW 15 at 4pm and N 15 at 10pm.

Friday looks clear on the mountain with the freezing level rising to 10,000′ by 4pm with light wind.

Saturday starts off clear, with flurries moving in. Sunday starts off snowy, becoming clear later. The extended forecast contains a few inches of snow each day.

Have an awesome day today!