2/14 Mt. Hood snow and Gorge wind and weather.

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 February 14, 2013


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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

It’s Valentine’s Day, and it sure would be nice if Mother Nature would show us some love in the form of deep powder. Honestly, I’m okay with brown pow mountain biking, but I’m getting a lot of emails and texts asking for powder. I wish I controlled the weather. If I did, it would snow a foot at 20° in the mountains every night, with less than .1” of rain in the valleys. All the precip would fall overnight, and there would be sun every day, except when I wanted storm skiing. Then it would be blowing W 25-30 at the mountain with 2”/hour of snowfall.

But sadly, changing the weather is far above my pay grade. If one of you is in that pay grade, please contact me, and maybe we can work something out (like more accurate forecasts, for one).

In the meantime, here we go again with another boring forecast: Gorge weather today will be partly to mostly cloudy with temps in the mid-forties. Wind will be gusty W 21-24 from Stevenson to The Dalles. Tomorrow will likely be gloomy in the Gorge, with sun everywhere else. Wind will be E 30+ at Stevenson and Rooster, and the temp will be in the upper 30’s. Saturday brings low or mid-level clouds, giving the Gorge a cloudy day with a few sprinkles possible. The temp will be in the 40’s early, dropping into the mid-thirties in the afternoon. Wind will be W 15-18 early, picking up to W 26-30 in the afternoon as a cold front swings through. Sunday looks dry and partly cloudy, with temps in the low forties and west wind at 5-10mph.

On Mt. Hood, there’s a big inversion going on this morning, with temps at 8000′ in the mid-thirties and temps at 5000′ in the mid-twenties. Clear sky this morning gives way to clouds midday with a few sprinkles possible. The snow level will be around 7000′ for much of the day. Wind will pick up to NW 25 by 7am, NW 30 by 1pm, and drop to N 20 in the evening.

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Friday starts off clear and stays that way, with the free air freezing level (FAF) at 7000-8000′. The wind starts at NE 10 or so, swinging to SW 10 in the late afternoon.

Saturday starts off partly cloudy, with clouds moving in by mid-morning and snow starting around noon. The freezing level will plummet during the day: 8000′ at 4am, 5500′ at 10am, 1500′ at 4pm and 1000′ at 10pm. There’s not a lot of moisture in this cold front, but there’s some: We’ll see .2” water value (WV) between noon and 10pm, for 1-2” of new snow. Another .1” falls overnight, for another inch or so. Wind on Saturday will be W 20 early, W 25 mid-morning, WNW 30 in the afternoon and NW 25 in the evening.

Sunday sees high pressure rebuild over the northwest. The mountain should be clear, but NW wind gives a chance of some orographic snow flurries. The snow level will be 1000′ in the morning, dropping to 500′ by noon. Wind will be NW 25 early, dropping to NW 10 in the afternoon. There will be no measurable snowfall.

At this point, Monday through Thursday look to bring weak systems through, with a couple of inches of snow each day. Better than nothing…

Have an awesome day today!