2/22 Mt. Hood snow/rain/wind, Gorge wind and weather, and a call for donations to GP!

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 February 22, 2013


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Tomorrow’s forecast status: 6:38am Thank you, Chris M. and everyone else for your support!

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

We’re finally seeing something different in the weather, and the skiers are happier for it. Mountain bikers sported sad faces yesterday. Really. I saw them! Speaking of mountain bikers, a big thanks to the Girls Who Love Dirt and the Midnight Trail Fairy for working on Seven Streams yesterday. If you’re up in the woods, please take 5 minutes to throw sticks off the portion of Seven Streams that switchbacks past the Mobius intersection. It’s a big project, and your help will make a huge difference!

Also in bike news, the HRATS are raising money to rebuild GP. IMBA’s Jason Wells has a generous offer on the table: $2500 gets us 11 days of excavator work (it’s rental cost – the labor is Jason’s donation). 10 days on GP/Lower GP and one day in Drop Out. Please take the time to donate whatever you can! Do it now! HRATS is a 501(c)(3), so your donation is 100% tax-deductible. Thank you!

In forecast news, it looks wet in the Gorge today and tomorrow, dry on Sunday, and wet on Monday. Temps will be in the mid-forties today, and then in the low to mid thirties the next three days, but likely above freezing at river level. Wind today will be W 26-30 in the afternoon, east of Hood River. Tomorrow will be 30+ from Hood River eastward by midday, fading in the afternoon. Sunday brings westerlies at 15-18. Monday looks like W wind at 30+.

Up on Mt. Hood, the weather will do what it will do, and I’m still the only foolish forecaster predicting a period of rain today. Luckily, forecasters get to be wrong (what other job allows such a high error rate?)! Anyway, the freezing level today starts low, rises to 4500′ by 7am, 7000′ at 10am, 6000′ at 1pm 4000′ at 4pm and 1000′ at 7pm. So, even if it doesn’t rain, the snow is going to get very heavy and wet midday! Once this next system hits (before 9am, most likely), we’ll see lots of moisture: 2” water value (WV) by 4pm. That gives upper elevation slopes 2′ of snow, but lower slopes will see a mix of rain and snow, with a few inches of new at best, and that’s assuming it stays all snow. However, after 4pm, when the snow level drops, we’ll get another 1” WV for 10-14” of new overnight. On to the real fun stuff: wind. It’s not bad yet, but it’s going to pick up: W 50-70 by 10am, W 55 at 1pm, W 50 at 4pm and W 40 at 7pm.

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Tomorrow, Saturday, looks like a darned fine powder day. The snow level will be 500-1000′ all day. On top of the foot of new that falls tonight, we’ll get another .5” WV by 4pm, for 5-7” of new, followed by another .3” WV overnight, for 3-4” of new. Wind on Saturday will be NW 35-40 all day, dropping to NW 20-25 overnight.

Sunday looks partly to mostly cloudy on Mt. Hood, with no snowfall. The free air freezing level will be 500′ in the morning, rising to 1500′ in the afternoon. Wind will be NW 20 early, going to W 15 in the afternoon.

Monday looks snowy. The freezing level will be 2500′ early, dropping to 1000′ mid-morning. Approximately 1” WV falls by 4pm, for 10-14” of new. Wind will be SW 15 early, W 25 midday and W 40 in the afternoon.

Tuesday looks cold with flurries, but models are disagreeing after that.

Light to moderate snowfall and cold temps continue through Tuesday.

Have an awesome day today!