Halloween. Winter Storm Warning. Gorge big wind day.

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 October 31, 2013

It’s fall now, and that means it’s time for … more windsurfing and kiting! No, silly. It’s time to think about skiing.

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Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I’ll be at a conference both Friday and Saturday, so will probably not be able to do a forecast either day.

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Wind guessings, prognosticatings and musings

Some of you probably went windsurfing or kiting yesterday. Some of you will likely do the same today. It’ll be cloudy in the western Gorge, keeping wind speeds in the low to mid teens. East of The Dalles, find yourself 21-24 today after the sun rises and the air warms up a bit.

High pressure settled over the region tomorrow gives the Gorge east wind at 15-18, at most. Then on Saturday, a strong low pressure system swings across the Cascades early in the morning, and high pressure builds offshore behind the low, giving the Gorge an all-day dose of 30-40 east of the low clouds, so likely at Maryhill and Arlington, but possibly at Lyle/Rowena/Doug’s too. Looks like the eastern Gorge westerlies will stick around in the mid-twenties on Sunday.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Steven’s Locks 5-10 13-15 13-15 13-15
Hatch / Hood River 5-10 13-15 13-15 13-15
Lyle / Rowena / Doug’s 5-10 16-19 21-24 21-24
Maryhill 13-15 21-24 21-24 21-24
Arlington / Roosie 21-24 21-24 21-24 21-24

Plain old weather and Mt. Hood snow

I know I’ve said it over and over, but I think tomorrow really is the last of the nice weather. Get the sun while you can, because we’re about to see winter kick in full-force. Today brings a few showers. Tomorrow looks dry. By midnight tomorrow night, we’ll see rain, and that rain will continue in the western Gorge on Saturday.

On Mt. Hood, winter is starting: The snow level will be 9000′ today and 10,000′ tomorrow. Ok, that’s not very wintry, but read on:

By Saturday morning, the snow level will fall to 5000′, falling further to 2000′ by Saturday evening. The bulk of the precipitation will fall before the snow level drops, but strong orographics will keep the snow falling on Mt. Hood even after the rain stops in the valleys.

So, on Saturday, during the day, expect .7-1.0” water value, for 5-7” of rather dense new snow. Snowfall continues Saturday night into Sunday, for another .4-.7” WV, for another, much fluffier, 5-8” of new snow. Wind on Saturday will be WSW 50 early, W 50 midday, and WNW 40+ in the afternoon.

Sunday sees the snow level around 2000′ all day, with light orographic snow showers for .1-.2” WV, or a couple more inches of snow. Wind on Sunday will be NW 35-40+.

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Seriously, this is IT for the 44 Road trails. Go get them today or tomorrow, because they are going to be gone by Saturday afternoon. Also, ODOT will start sanding and plowing their roads on November 1st, so be prepared for gravel on state roads after that time.

With the snow level forecast to drop to 2000′ on Sunday, you may want to ride all your higher-elevation road rides today or tomorrow.

Events – email me if I’ve missed any outdoor-related events

Today is Halloween. Apparently there’s a big party at Double Mountain this evening. I am sure there are lots of parties in other places too.

I still don’t have much on the calendar for this weekend. Meadows has their Winter Kickoff (with cooperation from Mother Nature) this weekend at the resort. You can get your pass photo taken and also purchase gear with special passholder discounts. But you’ll need snow tires or chains to get back down from the mountain, most likely, so be prepared. Speaking of snow and passes and stuff, if you want a season pass from MHM, buy it by the end of the day Sunday, because prices go up after that.

Don’t forget to set your clocks back this weekend. Bah.

Have an awesome day today!