Friday: cool and damp and not-so-windy. Rain for Mt. Hood. Perfect gardening weather.

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The Forecast

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Mt. Hood Weather Forecast

Happy Friday, everyone! I keep trying to wrap up the snow forecast for the season, and Mother Nature keeps bringing up weather that merits a forecast. Looks like we’ll be doing this in some format through the middle of next week. The overview for the next few days includes some pretty significant rain for the mountains. Our next chance of snow is next Wednesday into Thursday or thereabouts.

For Friday, expect sunshine early, high clouds midday, and rain overnight. The snow level will be 1500′ this morning and will rise to 6000′ overnight. Rainfall totals went way up in the last operational GFS run; we’re now expecting an inch to and inch-and-a-quarter of rain tonight. Wind: W 10 early, SW 5-10 during the day, slow build to SW 30-40 overnight.

Saturday starts with heavy rain. The intensity decreases during the day as temps warm. We’re left with high clouds in the evening and mostly cloudy sky overnight. The snow level will be 6000′ in the morning and 10,000′ overnight. Rainfall is forecast to be about 0.7” during the day with just a trace in the evening. Wind: SW 30-40 most of the day fading to SW 10-15 overnight.

Sunday looks mostly cloudy in the morning, partly cloudy in the afternoon, and clear overnight. A bit of mist or drizzle is forecast during the day, but shouldn’t exceed 0.2”. Snow level: 10,000′ all day and into the night. Wind: SW 5-15 early, SW 10-25 in the afternoon, and WSW 20-25 overnight.

Monday looks sunny. Tuesday looks sunny. The next weather system is forecast for Wednesday midday and should drop some snow on the slopes, at least during the latter half of the system. Have a great weekend, everyone, and don’t forget that Bachelor is still open for Alpine and Nordic!

Note on wind speeds. Different wind directions are experienced in different ways on Mt. Hood. For example, west wind at 50mph will hit the slopes and exposed ridges at W 50. SW 50 may hit the ridges at SW 50, but will likely only be SW 20 below tree line. Hence the ranges for wind. Depends where you are on the mountain. Hopefully that helps clarify.  

Gorge Wind Forecast

Unseasonably active weather continues for the extended forecast period. In other words, the dreaded “upper level low” will be in our forecast area for a good long while. Not much is planned for wind other than gusty, moderate westerlies. Friday’s weather includes an approaching cold front. Ahead of it, wind will be calm, even glassy at times. Early afternoon, just before the rain hits, sees a short period of 10-13+ near Stevenson, then sweeping through the Gorge ahead of the downpour. Best shot at wind will be after 5pm between The Dalles and Rufus where you’ll find gusty 13-16 before the rain hits. Probably not worth pursuing. River flow is 227kcfs, river temp is 52F, and high temp forecast is 61F.

This weather system swings through on Saturday, but another low will be staged offshore. Morning wind will be E 10-15 near Rooster and Stevenson. That lasts until 11am or so. Expect a couple hours of nearly-calm wind after that before the next system nudges the westerlies upward. From early afternoon on through sunset, you’ll find gusty 18-22 east of The Dalles. High temp: 64F.

Another low positions itself offshore on Sunday. The Gorge reacts with a short burst of 15-20mph easterlies between Rooster and Stevenson, maybe Viento, in the morning. Early afternoon wind will be calm. Next up: gusty westerlies at 17-21 between Stevenson and The Dalles as high pressure off the California coast adds a bit of synoptic-scale (big picture) assistance to the Gorge. High temp: nearly 70F. Active weather continues next week, but there are some hints of offshore high pressure getting involved and nudging the westerlies to the mid 20’s to start the week. We’ll keep watching that. In the meantime, have a great weekend!  

Coast, Jones, Coast

Done until spring, unless there’s an obvious Coast or Sauvie’s or Jones day.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Partly cloudy sky this morning quickly turns high overcast and increasingly cloudy. Rain starts up around 5pm. Temps will be near 40 early and in the low 60’s later. Calm wind for most of the day with very light westerlies late. 4% chance of rainbows. Saturday will be very rainy early with decreasing mist or light rain during the day. The weather looks dry in the evening. Temps will be in the mid 40’s early and mid 60’s later. Light and variable wind. 73% chance of rainbows. Sunday will be dry early, then misty, the rainy. Temps will be in the upper 40’s early and near 70 later. Muggy. Calm wind during the day. Moderate westerlies in the evening. 72% chance of rainbows.

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Post is too wet to ride. It’s so wet that Dirty Fingers has had to cancel their Thursday shop ride for four weeks in a row. Don’t ride Post, or you’ll do significant trail damage. STOP IT! A good portion of the Eldorado Trail (below the intersection with Riorden Hills Road (near the top, below the clearcut) is closed starting today for approximately 10 days due to nearby timber harvest. Do not enter that area for your safety. Courtney Road (the road that goes up above Syncline) is closed until October. Do not attempt to use it to access trails. Starting this summer, you will need a parking pass to park at Post Canyon. This money will support trails. Speaking of trails… it’s too muddy to ride them right now, and it will stay that way for a while. If you ride wet, sloppy trails, you will do significant and potentially permanent damage. Please don’t. Hospital Hill: cows are out – no dogs allowed. Underwood: do not enter areas that are closed due to logging operations. Recommendation: ride gravel roads and pavement for a while until the trail systems dry out.  

Local Events

Please let me know about events. I often only hear about them if you folx let me know!

This weekend is the Stevenson to Carson Ridge Run. Ferment’s Tuesday night 4-mile walk/run is at 6pm. At 7:15am on Wednesdays, there’s a run from the White Salmon Bakery. At 7am on Friday morning, you can get a donut and coffee for going for a run at Kickstand Coffee. The Small Boat paddlers have a group paddle on Sunday at 11am at the Event Site. The Dirty Fingers Sunday Service rides happens at 9am – this week is the last one. They are fast-paced. If you are not, bring a buddy. The ride is followed by bike race viewing and beer drinking at the shop. Post and Pint happens Thursday evenings at 5:30 when Post is not too wet to ride.  

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By Temira

Temira Lital is a recreation and travel weather forecaster based in Hood River, Oregon. Temira uses they/them pronouns. They're also a mental health counselor. Temira bikes, skis, windsurfs, paddles a SUP, swims in mountain lakes, and loves gardening. Most recently they've taken up SUP foiling. Temira is powered by La Croix, protein, and beets.