Monday. Spring is in the air…

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 February 5, 2018

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

I keep saying this, but it continues to be true: there’s not much snow in the Mt. Hood Snow Forecast. This week looks dry through Friday, with the 10-day forecast containing less than a foot of new snow for Mt. Hood. And you know how I feel about 10-day forecasts: FAKE NEWS!

For Monday, the mountain will see a few orographic freezing rain periods and perhaps some scattered snowflakes from mid-morning on. The snow level will be 6000′ early, 2500′ in the afternoon, and 6000′ after midnight. Just a trace of precipitation will accumulate. Wind will be NW 40 early, slowly fading to NW 30 in the afternoon and turning to NNW 30 overnight.

Tuesday looks clear in the morning and partly cloudy in the afternoon. The free air freezing level will be 6000′ during the day and 8000′ after midnight. No precip. Wind will be NNW 30 in the morning and NW 30 in the afternoon.

Wednesday looks sunny and warm. The FAF will be 8000′-9000′. Wind will be NW 20-25 all day. Thrusday looks clear and sunny. The FAF will be 9000′ all day. Wind will be W 25 in the morning and W 45-50 in the afternoon, potentially impacting lift operations. It’s possible the mountain will see a couple inches of snow on Friday morning.

Random Morning Thoughts

It’s Monday, and as always, I’m short on time. May your week be filled with goodness!

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Gorge Wind Forecast

The overall weather setup continues to be more like July than February. High pressure offshore combines with low pressure in the desert for day after day of west wind. For Monday, we’ll have west wind at 13-18 to start the day with, according to iwindsurf, much stronger wind at Viento. Huh… Anyway, the models suggest the wind will fade in the western gorge and pick up to 23-26 east of Mosier from late morning on.

Tuesday also brings westerlies: 17-21 between Stevenson and Mosier early, potentially fading to 14-17 in the afternoon. That said, very strong high pressure offshore could keep the wind going all day, and perhaps keep it going in the low 20’s. Looking at Wednesday, high pressure builds inland during the afternoon. That will take morning westerlies of 17-20 down to 10-13. The wind will be localized between Stevenson and Hood River.

Gorge Weather Forecast

It’s partly cloudy, windy and warm out there. It shall remain so all day. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and upper 50’s this afternoon (open windows?). Moderate west wind. 1% chance of rainbows. Tuesday looks sunny. Temps will be near 40 early and in the mid 50’s in the afternoon. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Wednesday looks partly cloudy or high overcast. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and upper 50’s (hell yeah!) in the afternoon. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. We’re likely to see a hard frost down to river level on both Saturday and Sunday morning.

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White Sprinter Van of the Week


Road and Mountain Biking

Whoopdee is still closed. I have heard nothing about Post being open to bikes, so I presume it’s still closed. Backside of Hospital is very muddy. Syncline is likely good. Nestor, ridden less, is probably fine. Kitchen Sink, moto-land, is probably muddy but rideable. The road riding will be good this week if you can tolerate the wind – sunshine and temps in the mid 50’s with moderate west wind.

Upcoming Events

Coming up today, there’s meditation at noon at Trinity Natural Medicine. There’s $5 Tai Chi at the Hood River Adult Center at 2:30. This evening at 6pm, there’s community yoga at Samadhi in White Salmon. At 6:30, there’s community yoga at the Mt. Hood Town Hall and community Zumba at St. Francis House in Odell. There’s YogaFaith (Christ-centered yoga) in The Dalles at 6:45pm.

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Have an awesome day today!