5/14 forecast

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 May 14, 2011

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Good morning,

It’s the final weekend of skiing at Meadows. If you want it, get it early while we have the best weather. Meadows will get rain tonight, and snow tomorrow, which is a pretty crazy way to end the ski season! As a matter of fact, they’re going to see up to 1” of precipitation tonight, starting around 5-8pm, with rain all night, switching back to snow tomorrow morning. The snow level should be at 5000’ by 5am, dropping to 3500’ by 11am. That’s just silliness in May, especially when you throw in .5-.75” precip during the day tomorrow, for 5-7” of new snow. Baffling.

If you’d rather play in the river today, the water’s at at 52 degrees and it’s going to be windy. The early gradient was .08 from Portland to The Dalles, and that will increase. However, a chance of thunderstorms in the desert will mess with the wind strength and quality, so I’ll guess we’ll see 17-19 this morning from Hood River to Rowena and 24-26 by this afternoon from Hood River to Maryhill. Depending on what happens with thunderstorms, we could see short-lived periods of stronger wind so take all your gear with you.

Models are all over the place tomorrow, calling for anything from 15 to 30, so I’m going with 17-20 through the entire Gorge with rain and a chance of thunderstorms.

We’ll see a lot of rain over the next two days, so if you want to mountain bike, go today. Post Canyon is in perfect shape right now. If you’d like to make it better, those work parties are tomorrow morning. The dirt bike party meets at Post Flats at 9am and the mountain bike party meets above Charley’s trail for Charley Laventure trail day at 9:30.

Finally, the rivers: the White Salmon is at 4 feet, the Wind is at 5.6 feet, the Klickitat’s at 2860 cfs and the Hood’s at 5.1 feet. These are all super fun levels, so go rafting or kayaking if you have a chance.

Have an awesome day today!


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