2/8 Mt. Hood sun, trail work party, and epic dirt report.

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 February 8, 2013

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

I don’t do much research on official weather records (I leave that to my friend Larry), but it’s starting to feel like we’re setting a sunshine record so far this year. If you still haven’t replenished your Vitamin D stores, you’ll have plenty of chances in the next week. On the other hand, you powder-starved souls have no relief in sight.

It’s Friday, and so it’s time for the weekend roundup: WTA has a work party on Jeff’s Trail and Labyrinth (aka Hidden) this weekend. CAMBA takes over the reins on Sunday with another work party. Meet at 8:30am. We could really use some mountain bikers at this work party, so get over there, help out, and then ride, because the dirt is in great shape!

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In Gorge weather, it’s frigid this morning, but west wind picking up to 21-24 today will raise the temps to the mid-forties this afternoon. Tomorrow will be cloudy, with temps in the low 30’s early and upper 30’s in the afternoon. A passing weak weather system will bump the westerlies into the 24-28 range. Sunday looks clear and sunny, with light wind, temps in the low 30’s early and mid 40’s late. Monday looks partly cloudy, with west wind and temps in the low 30’s early and low 40’s late. The only chance of rain during this period is Saturday afternoon, and even then, it’ll only be sprinkles.

Up on Mt. Hood, it’s clear, once again. The free air freezing level (FAF) is around 1500′, and will rise to 2000′ late in the afternoon. Wind today will be N 20, becoming NE 20 and then backing off to N 15 in the afternoon.

Saturday looks cloudy or partly cloudy all day, with snow flurries in the afternoon and evening. However, at best, we’ll just see an inch or two of new snow, and likely less. The snow level Saturday will be 2000′ early, rising to 3000′ in the afternoon. Wind will be N 30 early, backing off to N 20 mid-morning.

Sunday looks like a clear day on the mountain, with the FAF at 2000′ early and 1500′ in the afternoon. Wind will be N 20-30 all day.

Monday will start off clear on Mt. Hood, becoming cloudy in the afternoon. The FAF will fluctuate between 3000 and 5500′, ending the day at the lower end. Wind will be N 20 in the morning and NW 15 in the evening.

Next chance of more than a trace of snow is Wednesday, but for the most part, the week looks fairly dry and fairly sunny.

Have an awesome day today!