2/9 Mt. Hood sun and snow, Gorge wind and other fun stuff to do.

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 February 9, 2013

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

NOAA’s forecast discussion this morning included the word ‘sensible’ to describe our current weather. Sure, it’s not ideal for everyone: boaters and farmers are whinging about the lack of precipitation, despite the average-depth snowpack. It’s okay, folks. The rain will return. For now, enjoy the sensible, sunny weather.

Speaking of sensible weather, it’s a perfectly sensible day for trail work. If you’re a cyclist or hiker, head over to Syncline today to help WTA with their trail building projects. Head over tomorrow to help CAMBA. Start time both days is 8:30am. Speaking of Syncline, it’s providing proof of spring’s arrival: the Grass Widows are out. So are the ticks, so be sure to check yourself and your pets.

In Gorge weather, expect sunshine this morning and high clouds this afternoon. It’ll be near freezing this morning and around 40 this afternoon. Tomorrow looks partly cloudy, becoming sunny, with temps near freezing early and in the upper 30’s in the afternoon. Monday starts off clear, with clouds by midday. Temps will be in the low thirties early, rising to the mid thirties in the afternoon. Tuesday brings a chance of a few sprinkles in the Gorge, with temps in the mid-thirties early and mid-forties in the afternoon as a warm front pushes in.

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Gorge wind will be 26-30 from Hood River to The Dalles today, 10-15mph, becoming light tomorrow, and W 15-18 Monday and Tuesday.

Up on Mt. Hood, the dry weather continues. Today will be clear early, becoming cloudy in the afternoon. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be 2000′ all day with N wind at 20-30mph. That N wind can be a pain… models don’t handle it well, so expect strong wind on Mt. Hood.

Tomorrow looks clear. The FAF will be 1500′ early and 500′ around mid-morning, holding all day. Wind will be N 20-30.

Monday looks clear, with some mid-level clouds moving in during the afternoon. The FAF will be 6000′ early, dropping to 3000′ in the afternoon. Wind will be NNW 20 early, swinging to NW 15 in the afternoon.

Tuesday brings a one-day change in the weather, with flurries during the day and heavier snow overnight. The snow level will be 1500′ early, 5500-6000′ during the day, and 3000′ overnight. At this point, I’m thinking it’ll stay all snow, but we’ll have to wait until closer to Tuesday to know for sure. Either way, we’ll see light preicp during the day, followed by .4-.5” water value overnight into Wednesday, for 3-5” of new snow. Wind Tuesday will be W 15 all day, picking up to W 30 overnight.

Looks like dry weather will reestablish over the PNW on Thursday, hanging on through next weekend.

Have an awesome day today!