Monday. 3/10. Gorge wind. Mt. Hood sun. Great cycling weather.

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 March 10, 2014

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

It is snowing lightly on Mt. Hood this morning, and models are indicating continuing orographic snow showers through early afternoon, after which time the sky will clear. The snow level will be around 4000′ this morning, dropping to 2500′ in the afternoon. Models say .5” water value (WV) today, but I think it’ll be a bit less, so call it 2-4” of new snow by 4pm. Wind today will be SW 30 early, becoming NW 30 mid-morning and WNW 35 around noon.

Tuesday looks clear and sunny. The freezing level will be 1000′ early, rising to 7000′ in the afternoon. Wind will be N at 10-20 becoming E at 10-20 in the afternoon. Wednesday looks clear and sunny with the freezing level around 8000′ and light wind early that turns to W 10 in the afternoon. Repeat on Thursday.

Gorge Wind

Today actually looks like a very good day to get on the water, if you’re hardy enough to handle 39 degree water. We’ll see a weather system move through midday with high pressure building off the coast. With that setup, the wind should be relatively steady. Expect the wind to rise to W 28-32 this afternoon east of Mosier, or maybe east of The Dalles. Under the clouds in the western Gorge, you can expect W 15-18ish.

Tuesday starts off light with E 21-24 in the afternoon. The central coast looks good on Tuesday with N 20-25 and a 6′ swell at 11 seconds. Wednesday brings E 15-18 early, fading to light wind in the afternoon.

Gorge Weather

Looks like a showery morning with a chance of rainbows. Temps will be in the upper 40’s early, rising to the mid 50’s this afternoon with increasing west wind. Tuesday looks clear, with a few inversion clouds possible in the morning. Temps will be in the mid-30’s early, rising to the mid-50’s in the afternoon with light wind. Wednesday looks clear with temps in the low 40’s early and low 60’s in the afternoon with light wind.

Road and Mountain Biking

I went for a quick spin on the Cirque de Madre yesterday afternoon. There was hardly any gravel at all. Today will likely be a bit on the windy side for fun road biking and it will likely be a bit on the muddy side for good mountain biking, but Tuesday and Wednesday look like spectacular days for riding bikes.

River Levels

The Hood is at 8.9′. The Klickitat is at a very big 7140cfs. The White Salmon is also big, at 7′ or so.

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

There are 3 movie events happening Wednesday. First, the Hood River Area Trail Stewards have a mountain bike movie night at Andrews. Second, LunaFest, films by women and about women, happens at Columbia Center for the Arts. Third, it’s the Telluride Mountain Film Festival, a fundraiser for Portland Mountain Rescue, at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland.

Have an awesome day today!