3/11 Mt. Hood sprinkles and great biking in the Gorge

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 March 11, 2013

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

I was working at Meadows yesterday, and the skiing was pretty darn fun until the mist started falling around 11am, and then I took another lap. Or I tried to, anyway. The grabby snow gremlins emerged within 5 minutes of the rain falling on the snow. At that point, I gave up and retreated to the safety of my office to watch the rain fall. And fall it did. Not in copious amounts, but in a steady drizzle. Luckily, the precip rate wasn’t high enough for the drizzle to coalesce into pineapples, and for that I was happy.

Sadly for Crystal, Stevens, Snoqualimie and other Washington resorts, the north-of-the-border precip rate this week will be high enough for pineapples to coalesce from raindrops. It doesn’t help that the pot smoke in the air acts like cloud seeding – the particulate matter in smoke allows raindrops to form even easier than they already do. Maybe the drought-stricken southern states should try legalizing marijuana too?

Anyway, joking aside, Washington is about to get hammered by the Pineapple Express. Not hammered as in drunk. Hammered as in drowned. We here on Mt. Hood will just get a pleasant rain buzz.

But first, the Gorge forecast: Mid-40’s this morning, right around 50 this afternoon, with west wind at 15-18 early, decreasing in the afternoon. Possible showers in the morning. Tomorrow: low 40’s early, low 50’s late with light wind early picking up to W 10-15 in the afternoon. Possible showers in the afternoon. Wednesday: low 40’s early, 60 degrees or so late with light wind. Dry. Thursday: upper 40’s early, low 50’s late. Light wind. No precip.

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That means excellent mountain biking all week along with stellar road biking Wednesday/Thursday if the forecast holds.

On Mt. Hood… Today will be marked with periods of drizzle and freezing rain, heaviest in the morning, totaling only a few tenths. The freezing level will be 6000′ early, 3500′ midday and 6500′ in the evening. Wind will be WNW 20-25 early, 15-20 midday and 20-25 in the evening.

Tomorrow sees the freezing level at 8000′, with trace amounts of drizzle possible during the day with heavier drizzle overnight for a few tenths. Wind will be SW 20-25 early and W 25 in the afternoon.

Wednesday looks cloudy and mostly dry, with the freezing level at 9000′ and SW wind at 25 in the morning and 10-15 in the afternoon. Thursday looks dry and warm and cloudy, with the freezing level at 11,000′ and SW wind at 25-30.

Hey, at least we’re not in Washington, where the rainfall totals will be measured in inches.

Have an awesome day today!