3/9 Pineapple-filled forecast.

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 March 9, 2013

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

How do you feel about pineapples? I like them. I think they’re delicious. Kayakers like pineapples too, because pineapples contain lots of tropical moisture, and pineapples make rivers rise. Kayakers will be happy this week, especially if they live in Washington, where there will be a lot more pineapples than in Oregon. Skiers will not be so happy.

I know. That’s not what you wanted to hear, is it?

Anyway, on to events. Nate Herbeck presents his short film, slideshow and talk tonight at Columbia Center for the Arts. Bhutan – The Last Shangri-La. 7:30pm. $10. Show up tonight. Then mark your calendar for National Geographic Explorer Charlie Munsey on 3/20. Also this weekend: A work party on Hidden Trail at Syncline at 9am tomorrow. RSVP to kk@gorge.net.

In weather news, it’s a f**king gorgeous day today, and it’s going to stay that way. Sunshine. A high near 50 in the Gorge. Light wind this morning gives way to gusty W 21-24 this afternoon (probably strongest at Stevenson).

Gorge weather tomorrow looks cloudy. The temp will be right above freezing early, rising to the upper 40’s in the afternoon with W wind at 15-18 all day. Monday looks rainy with temps in the mid-40’s early and near 50 in the afternoon. Tuesday will be cloudy, with possible rain. Temps will be in the upper 40’s early and low 50’s in the afternoon.

On Mt. Hood, there’s sunshine to report. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be 4000′ early, 5000′ this afternoon and 6000′ in the evening. Wind will be light, becoming NW 10-15 in the afternoon.

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Clouds move in Sunday morning, with a few rain sprinkles or flurries possible starting around 11am. No significant precip will fall during the day, although the precip rate will pick up a lot overnight, for 1” water value of rain mixed with snow by Monday morning. The snow level will be around 6000′ all day, dropping to 5500′ overnight. Wind will be WNW 20 early becoming W 20 midday.

Monday begins pineapple season, although the bulk of the moisture will head north of us, meaning Mt. Baker will probably see snow, and the central Cascade mountains and Olympics will probably drown under an onslaught of tropical moisture. The snow level will be 5500′ early, rising to 8000′ in the afternoon, but that’s probably misleading as we have warm, wet air moving over the top of colder air at the surface. Anyway, we’ll see snow mixed with rain early, switching to rain. It’s hard to predict the precip amounts right now, as a small shift in the storm track could mean a big shift in precip amountas. It’s safe to say we’ll get at least .5”-1.0” WV by 4pm, with more overnight.

This warm and wet pattern continues through Friday. Happy kayakers. Unhappy skiers.

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! You know there’s a topic you’d like to talk about!

Have an awesome day today!