3/10 Mt. Hood not-quite-pineapple-filled forecast, and Gorge weather forecast. Probably a good week for gardening and riding bikes…

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 March 10, 2013

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

If you’re a whitewater boater and you live in the middle of Washington, you’re looking at the incoming forecast with glee. If you’re anyone else, you’re not going to like this, although Oregonians aren’t going to take the brunt of the Maui Magic this week. Pineapple Express, baby. Pineapple Express.

But first, a heads up: Syncline work party on Hidden Trail happens today at 9am. Meet at the bottom of Courtney Road. Then ride, because the dirt is great!

Next, Gorge weather for the next few days: Cloudy today. Upper 30’s this morning. Low 50’s this afternoon. Gusty west wind at 18-23 today. Light sprinkles overnight. Monday: Temps in the mid-40’s early and low 50’s in the afternoon. Gusty westerlies at 17-21. Tuesday: Temps in the mid-40’s early and near 50 in the afternoon. Light wind. Now… the rain forecast: here’s the problem. Right now, the models show the jet stream aimed just north of us. A 100 mile shift in that track leaves us drenched. As of now, it just looks like we’ll see intermittent sprinkles in the Gorge over the next few days under constantly high overcast or cloudy sky.

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The same problem applies to the Mt. Hood forecast: The storm track looks like it will be mostly north of us, but a small shift will make a HUGE difference in rainfall amounts. And rain it will be over the next week, not snow. As of now, the 3-hour precip model is just showing a few tenths of rain per day, at the most, while Washington sees inches and inches of rain… Let’s keep it that way!

Up on Mt. Hood, it will be cloudy today, with sprinkles likely after noon. The snow level will be 7500′ all day, dropping a bit overnight. It looks like we’ll just see .1-.3” rain overnight, with a chance of some snow flurries mixed in. Wind will pick up to W 15-20 mid-morning and W 20-25 in the afternoon.

Tomorrow starts with the snow level around 6000′, rising to 7000′ in the afternoon. There will be rain, sprinkles, or mist in unknown amounts. Models are suggesting trace amounts as of this morning, but who knows what will really happen. Anyway, the wind will be W 20-25 all day.

The snow level rises to 8000′ on Tuesday with west wind at 30-35 early, dropping to 20-25 later. Then the snow level rises further to 9000′ on Wednesday with SW wind at 25.

Temps should start dropping again on Friday, with snow possible next weekend. Hey, at least we aren’t the Washington Cascades. They’re going to see no-doubt, no-question-about-it, inches and inches of rain out of this extended Pineapple Express. Like I said, the whitewater boaters are going to be happy, even if nobody else is!

Have an awesome day today!