2/14. Friday VD. Mt. Hood roller coaster weather. Rain. Rain. Rain in the lowlands.

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 February 14, 2014

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Random Morning Thoughts

I-84 eastbound will be closed through the weekend, at least. It will be interesting to see how ODOT reacts to the very wet system coming in on Sunday night and Monday – that rain will further destabilize the hillsides.

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

I was both happy and sad to see it snowing at Meadows this morning at 4am. And I was both happy and sad to see it switch to rain at 5:07am. I would have preferred snow, but it’s also nice to get the forecast right.

We’ll see the snow level hover around 6000′ this morning, dropping to 4500′ mid-morning as the tail end of this system swings through. It’s raining hard – we’ll see 1” of rain before temps drop. After 10am, we’ll switch to flurries with sunbreaks, for .1”-.2” water value (WV) for an inch or two of new through the evening. Wind will be WSW 40 early, becoming WSW 50 mid-morning, and then swinging to W 40 early afternoon. The wind will drop to SW 20 overnight.

Saturday starts off cloudy, with precip starting around 4am. The snow level will be 3500′ early, 5500′ around 10am and 7500′ around 1pm. The snow level will drop in the evening to 6000′ at 7pm, 3500′ at 10pm, and 1500′ or so by Sunday morning. We’ll see 1” WV between 4am and 4pm, for a couple inches of snow followed by rain. Between 4pm Saturday and 4am Sunday, we’ll see another 1.2” or so WV for .5-.7” rain followed by .5” WV of snow, for 4-6” of new. Wind on Saturday will be SW 15 early, rising to SW 40 mid-morning, 55-60 in the afternoon, becoming WSW 45-50 overnight.

Sunday morning starts with partly cloudy sky or maybe some orographic snow flurries. By late afternoon, it’ll be cloudy, and by 7pm, we’ll see precip. The snow level will be 1500′ early, 4500′ in the afternoon, and will briefly rise to 6000′ in the evening before dropping to 5000′ around 10pm and 2000′ by Monday morning. We’ll see no accumulation during the day, but we’ll see upwards of 2” WV between 7pm Sunday and 4am Monday. There will likely be a period of rain mixed in, but by Monday morning, we should have 12” or more of new snow.

At this point, it looks like the temps on Monday will be on the right side of freezing, for massive new snowfall.

Gorge Weather

We’ll see heavy rain in the Gorge this morning with temps in the upper 30’s. The rain will taper off after 10am, for partly cloudy sky, west wind, and temps in the mid-40’s. Saturday brings more rain, all day long, with temps in the upper 30’s early and low 40’s in the afternoon. Sunday will be partly cloudy early, becoming cloudy in the afternoon, with heavy, heavy rain overnight into Monday. Temps will be in the mid-30’s early and upper 40’s in the afternoon.

Gorge Wind Forecast

We’re in a decent pattern for westerly wind if you don’t mind gustiness. Expect westerlies to pick up to gusty 21-24 in the western Gorge and 24-28 east of The Dalles today, best mid-morning to early afternoon. Tomorrow starts with east wind at 26-30 and switches to W 26-30 east of Hood River late in the afternoon. Sunday starts with light west wind and picks up to 26-30 in afternoon.

Road and Mountain Biking

Petersburg Loop was lovely yesterday. Dry pavement, sunshine, and light wind. The dog at the bottom of Kelly Cutoff responds quite nicely to a quiet “go home” if you get off your bike and point in the direction of his house. He’ll walk home with his tail wagging and his balls swinging.

The Hood was at 7.06′ this morning and the Klickitat was at 2280cfs. Still waiting for a measurment from the White Salmon…

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Events – email me if I’ve missed any outdoor-related events

I’m sure there’s something fun happening today, but I don’t know anything about it. Maybe you can enlighten me?

Have an awesome day today!