Friday, 3/23 Mt. Hood Forecast

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 March 23, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

Did you miss me? I missed you guys… kinda… I was too busy skiing powder at Crystal to really think about it! Wow… I love that place. It’s not just the skiing. The regulars up there are so nice!

Anyway… I hope you enjoyed the schiessetonne of new snow mentioned in the last forecast I wrote. There’s nothing like that in the short-term Mt. Hood forecast. Today looks clear, with high clouds at points during the day. The nominal freezing level will be at 500′ early, 1500′ by mid-afternoon, and 2000′ rising to 5500′ overnight. I say nominal, because the strong March sun is probably going to make the freezing level quite a bit higher than models predict. Wind will be light today, at 10-15 all day. No precip.

We may see a few showers tomorrow, but most likely we’ll start off the day with clear skies. High clouds move in midday. The freezing level will be 5500′ early, rising to 6000′ by 2pm. Wind will be SE 20-30, swinging to the S at 15-20 mid-afternoon. Total precip will be less than .1” for the 4am Saturday to 4am Sunday time period. Any precip that falls will be light rain, but there won’t be much, and it won’t happen until late in the day, if at all.

Sunday looks clear with the freezing level at 6000′, rising to 7000′. Wind will be SE 30-40 early, going to S 20-30, then E 10-15 by 11am.

A weather system swings through early Monday morning. The freezing level will be at 6000′ early, dropping to 2000′ at 8am and 1000′ at 11am, rising to 2000′ in the afternoon. Wind will be W 20-30 all morning, swinging to SW 20-30 in the afternoon. We’ll bet .1-.3” water value between 4am and 2pm, for a trace of rain followed by 1-2” of new snow.

Tue/Wed bring snow showers. If the extended models bear fruit, the next strong system swings through Thur/Fri.

If you’re hoping to windsurf or kite, we’ll have east wind at 20-24 today, 25-29 on Saturday, no wind on Sunday, and 28-32 in the eastern Gorge on Monday with 17-20 in the western Gorge.

In events, Saturday is the Upper Wind River Whitewater Festival. It’s a big weekend at Skibowl, with the Goggle Tan Rail Jam, the Snow Beach Festival and the pond skim. It’s also my condo association’s annual meeting. Yes, I know you’re stoked about that one!

Have an awesome day.


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