3/5 Mt. Hood snow, Gorge wind, and events

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 March 5, 2013

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

As I write this forecast, it’s absolutely pouring rain west of Portland, and doing nothing here in Hood River or up on the mountain. If the radar image is right, that rain isn’t moving east any time soon, and that’s putting a damper on our powder day. According to the models, the accompanying upper low will move east later, and that should give the mountain some snow.

So, let’s call today a cloudy start on Mt. Hood with snow starting midday. The snow level will be 4000′ early, dropping to 2500-3000′ in the early afternoon. We’ll see .2-.3” max water value by 4pm, for a couple of inches of new snow. Another .2” WV falls tonight, for another 2” of snow. Wind today will be S 20-30 early, SW 20-25 early afternoon and S in the evening. That southerly wind forecast leads me to believe we could see even less snow than I’m now predicting.

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Tomorrow starts off snowy, with the snow level fluctuating between 1500′ and 2500′ through the day. Models think we’ll see .4-.5” WV by 4pm, for 3-5” of new snow, followed by flurries and no accumulation overnight. Wind will be S 15 early, light and variable mid-morning, WNW 30-35 early afternoon, slowly dropping overnight.

Thursday looks partly cloudy with snow flurries in the afternoon. The snow level will be 1500′ all day. No accumulation. Wind will be W 10-20 early and NW 10-15 in the afternoon.

Friday looks partly cloudy, becoming clear. The free air freezing level will be 1500′. Wind will be W 10 early, becoming NE 10 mid-morning. The weekend looks dry and relatively warm on Mt. Hood.

In the Gorge, we’ll see a cloudy day today with a few sprinkles later in the day, so if you want to ride bikes, do it early. I don’t know where NOAA’s forecast of 2-6” of snow came from (that’s what people were telling me last night), but they’re silly. We might see a few flurries in Parkdale, and that’s about it. Gorge wind will be E 24-28 midday, fading during the afternoon. Temps today will be in the mid-30’s early and mid-40’s in the afternoon.

Tomorrow looks cloudy with rain showers throughout the day. Wind will be light E in the morning, becoming W 21-24 in the afternoon. Temps will be in the low 40’s early and upper 40’s in the afternoon. Thursday brings high clouds to the Gorge with partly cloudy sky in the afternoon. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and upper 40’s in the afternoon. Wind will be W 21-24. Friday looks partly cloudy to sunny with light wind and 40-something weather. Hooray! The weekend looks dry and relatively warm.

Now, another reminder for Interesting Gorge. It’s the TED talks of the Mid-Columbia. 3-minute talks on any topic, presented by YOU to a sold-out crowd (every time so far). We need your speaker applications now, or it’s not going to happen. Fill ’em out and get ’em in!

In next-weekend-news: there’s a another work party on Syncline on the 9th (email Kay Kucera – kk@gorge.net – if you’re interested). Also, you should totally attend Nathan Herbeck’s slideshow, talk and film, ‘Bhutan, the last Shangri-la’ at 7:30pm, Saturday, at Columbia Center for the Arts. Tickets are on sale now.

One more thing: My friend and coworker, Pierce Hodges, the Meadows videographer, has put together this pretty amazing music video in an attempt to pad his resume, get a better job, and win $5000. Please take the time to watch it and give it a thumbs up. I was impressed. I think you will be too. Thanks for helping out a good and talented kid!

Have an awesome day today!