4/18 Mt. Hood rain/snow, Gorge wind/wind, and a zillion events (please stay sober on 4/20, Washington)

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 April 18, 2013

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

Happy Thursday. Thanks for the two days off. I needed that, and those were my last two days off until the end of September, so I really needed that!

So… today is Thursday. That means it’s time for the Post and Pint bike ride at Dirty Fingers. Meet at 5:30. Ride. Get a free beer for doing so. Sadly for me, it’s also HRAT’s board meeting night: 5:30 at the fire station. Bad scheduling, eh?

Speaking of scheduling, there’s a LOT going on for Earth Day on Saturday, and it also happens to be 4/20, meaning the entire Washington side of the river is going to be too baked to participate in any of the Earth Day events. If you live in Oregon, you’re going to have to step up. Here are your options: HRATS have a work party, meeting at Family Man at 8:30, to reroute 8-Track off the road and into the woods. Riverkeeper has a river cleanup, meeting at 10am at the Discovery Center, it’s the annual weeding party at the Waterfront Park (with lots of other fun events for kids and adults), and CGKA has a work party at Viento. Meadows has Mazotfest on Saturday, benefiting the avalanche dogs.

There are two 5k/10k races on Saturday: Angela Coe in Cascade Locks and the Trout Lake Run, which also has a half marathon.

Sunday is the first swap meet of the season at Windance. It’s also the Cherry of a Ride in The Dalles, benefiting St. Mary’s Academy, and there’s an uphill/downhill race at Meadows. There’s pickup touch Rugby on Sunday at 3pm in Mosier.

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And you wanted a forecast.. haha. There’s no room for that today. Just kidding…

Gorge weather today: partly cloudy, becoming rainy after 8am, with .25” precip or so. Gusty west wind at 22-25 this afternoon east of Mosier, with 13-16 under the clouds. Temps upper 40’s early and low 50’s later. Tomorrow: Rain. .2-.4”, ending around 5pm. West wind at 15-18 early, picking up to 28-32 in the afternoon from Doug’s eastward. Temps upper 40’s early and upper 50’s late. Saturday: partly cloudy. Temps low 40’s early and low 50’s late. Wind W at 22-25. Watch for frost in Parkdale on Friday night and frost above 500′ on Sunday night.

It’s worth noting that it’ll be very windy at Pistol River this weekend with a west swell at 5-6′. Next week, M-Th, looks warm and dry, with temps in the upper 70’s. Woot woot!

On Mt. Hood, today starts partly cloudy, with rain starting around 8am. The snow level, at 5000′ early, will rise to 6000′ by 8am, 6500′ at 2pm and 7000′ at 8pm. We’ll see .3” rain by 5pm and another .2” overnight. Wind will rise to NW 25-30 by 8am and stay there all day.

Friday starts cloudy with sprinkles, and heavy rain/snow mix moves in by 8am. The snow level will be 6500′ early, 6000′ at 11am and 5500′ at 5pm after the front passes. About .5-.75” of rain or rain/snow mix falls by 5pm, with another .1-.3” WV after 5pm falling as an inch or two of new snow. Wind will be W 40 all day, becoming NW 35 in the evening.

Saturday starts with a few orographic flurries, becoming clear by mid-morning. The snow level will be 2500′ in the morning, rising to 4000’+ in the afternoon sun. Wind will be NW 30 early, falling to NW 20-25 midday.

Sunday looks clear on Mt. Hood, with the freezing level at 1000′ early and 2500′ in the afternoon with NW wind at 20-25.