4/2 Mt. Hood incoming snow, Gorge wind and no-wind, and a brief return to winter.

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 April 2, 2013

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

It’s summer. I know it’s summer because I saw a guy driving around with windsurfing gear on his car yesterday. I also know it’s summer because there were tons of kiteboarders at the spit, despite the wind being gusty and the sky being partly cloudy. East, people, east. Go east of the cloud line for the best wind!

Speaking of clouds, it’s cloudy in Hood River this morning, and you may suspect it’s the winter nothing. Guess again! It’s the summer marine clouds pushing past Hood River for the first time this year. Exciting stuff! In the winter, you have to go west of the clouds to find the wind. In the summer. You must go east of the clouds. The Gorge is confusing, isn’t it?

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Speaking of wind, you’ll find some today. 21-24 this morning east of the low clouds (likely Doug’s eastward) builds to 25-29 midday from Doug’s to Arlington, backing off to 21-24 in the afternoon. Tomorrow starts with light west wind, fading to zero wind in the afternoon. Thursday starts with light east wind, building to W 10-15 in the afternoon.

Gorge weather: slowly clearing sky today with temps in the mid-50’s early and mid-60’s in the afternoon. Clear tomorrow, with temps right around 50 early and 70 in the afternoon. Thursday: mid-50’s early, mid-60’s later under high overcast sky.

Up on Mt. Hood, spring is about to take a break in favor of winter. Today will be sunny, with the freezing level at 8000′ in the morning and 7000′ in the afternoon, with NW wind at 10-15 early and SW wind at 10-15 in the afternoon.

Tomorrow looks sunny and warm, with the freezing level at 7500′ early and 9000′ in the afternoon with W wind at 10-15.

Thursday starts with high clouds. The freezing level will be at 12,000′ in the morning, 8000′ midday and 7500′ in the evening. Rain starts by 11am, with .5” falling by 5pm, another .5” by 2am Friday, after which we’ll see a switch to snow, with .1-.2” water value (WV) by 5am. That should give us 1-2” of new. Wind Thursday will be SW 15 early, S 10-20 midday and SW 20 in the evening.

Friday starts with snow flurries. The freezing level will be 6000′ early, 4000′ midday, and 5000′ in the afternoon. Total snowfall during the day will be .1-.2” WV, for 1” or so of new snow. Another system moves in Friday night for a few inches of new snow by Saturday morning. Wind Friday will be WSW 40 early and W 30 midday, slowly fading into the evening.

Have an awesome day today!