4/15 Mt. Hood snow and Gorge wind forecast

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 April 15, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

Note to self: When using the phrase “classic Gorge day” to describe the setup for the Gorge, double the amount of wind the models predict! Hope y’all enjoyed the wind and great swell yesterday. I was hiking up a ridge on Mt. Hood into 20-40mph NW wind along with George McLean. Don’t expect too much in the way of wind today. An upper level low off the coast will keep us in the 15-18 range this morning near Hood River, probably decreasing in the afternoon. Tomorrow looks rainy and light in the morning, with 21-24 in the desert in the afternoon. Tuesday brings another ULL off the coast and so does Wednesday, for not much wind.

In your Mt. Hood forecast today, we have … high clouds. Maybe interspersed with some periods of clear skies, but most likely not, as these high clouds are the precursor to a warm front coming in tonight. The freezing level today will be 5500’ early, rising to 6000’ in the afternoon, possibly high if we really do see that unlikely sun. Wind will be NW 10-15 early, W 5-10 midday, and SW 5-10 in the afternoon. We’ll see precip start sometime around 11pm.

That precip is going to fall as rain down low and snow up high, as the freezing level will still be at 5500’ around 5am. After that, though, we’ll see rain, as the freezing level rises to 6000’ Monday morning and 6500’ by noon, before falling to 4500’ around 5pm and 2000’ overnight. We’ll get .3” water value by 5am Monday, for 1-2” of new snow, followed by .5-.8” WV during the day, for rain down low and 5-6” up high. Wind Monday will be SW 15-20 early, 30-35 by 11am, 35-40 by 5pm, decreasing overnight.

Tuesday starts off with sunbreaks and flurries, becoming clear by 11am and cloudy again by 5pm. The freezing level will be 1000’ early, rising to 3500’ midday and 5000’ in the evening. Wind will be W 15-20 early, SW 10-15 midday and 15-20 in the afternoon.

We’ll see more snow on Wednesday. Will the freezing level around 2500’ early, dropping to 1500’ midday and 4000’ in the afternoon, it’s going to stay all snow. Models disagree on amounts, but we’ll get at least a few inches. Wind will be in the 15-25 range.

Have a great day today!


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