11/27 Mt. Hood rain, Gorge wind, etc.

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 November 27, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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The inversion layer is out in force this morning, blocking the view of the stars and moon and comets and nebulae and whatever else is up in the sky at this time. I’m hopeful the low clouds will burn off. Hopeful, but not predicting it even though models suggest the low clouds will dissipate later.

We’ll have east wind in the Gorge today. With a .18 gradient, 30+ is likely at Stevenson and Rooster. That’s pretty much it for useable wind this week. The rest of the week looks gusty, unreliable and rainy.

In “fun stuff to do this week” news, tonight is kayak polo, rugby under the lights, and Gary’s crochet club. Tomorrow night at 5pm is the HRC trails meeting at the OSU extension office. On Saturday at 9am, WTA and CAMBA have a work party at Syncline, and Saturday at 6pm the DimWits have a night ride (complete with bonfire) in Cascade Locks.

Up on Mt. Hood, clear skies this morning give way to high clouds at some point this afternoon, but no precipitation falls from the sky. Meadows plans to open Cascade today, weather permitting. The freezing level will be around 10,000′, falling to 8000′ overnight tonight. Wind will be W 10-20 early, swinging to SW 15-20 mid-morning and rising to SW 20-25 overnight.

Wednesday starts off cloudy, with the snow level at 8000′. It will fall to 7500′ by 10am and 6000′ by 4pm, and you know what that means: rain! Rain starts around 10am, with .6-.8” falling by 4pm. Then more showers fall overnight. Wind Wednesday will be SW 20-25 early, 25-30 midday and 40-45 in the afternoon.

Thursday brings more rain. Hooray! Rain! The snow level will be 7000′ early, falling to 6500′ by 7am and holding all day. Between 4am and 4pm, .7-.9” water value falls upon Mt. Hood. It’ll be rain down low and (maybe) snow up high. Another .2-.3” falls into Friday morning. Wind Thursday will be SW 30-35 for much of the day, rising just a bit to 35-40 overnight.

Friday sees the snow level at 6000′ early, falling to 5500′ in the afternoon. There will be a few snow flurries or rain showers early before skies become partly cloudy late. Wind will be SW 35-40 all day.

Saturday morning looks very wet, and likely too warm for snow at 5000′. Sunday morning looks borderline, but by Sunday afternoon, temps at 5000′ drop below freezing. Models are not agreeing on the Mon/Tues time frame.

Have an awesome day today!