Presidents’ Day Mt. Hood interesting weather, Gorge boring weather, and a garden hint…

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 February 18, 2013


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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

Someday someone will invent a vaccine for, or a drug that kills, the common cold. I will personally thank that person and bake them the most delicious and love-filled baked good I can create. Being sick is miserable, and watching all my employees come down with the same virus is also miserable. At least I’m not missing any powder days on the mountain. That may be about to change… (there’s today’s foreshadowing… you’re holding your breath with excitement, aren’t you?)

But first, the Gorge weather (sorry, Portland folks). Today looks partly cloudy in the Gorge, with light east wind becoming gusty west 21-24 this afternoon. Temps are just above freezing and will rise to the mid-forties. Tomorrow looks mostly clear, with temps in the mid-thirties early, rising to the mid-forties in the afternoon. Wind will be east 15-18 tomorrow. Wednesday looks clear to partly cloudy with west wind at 15-18. Temps Wednesday will be at freezing early and in the mid-forties in the afternoon. Thursday looks cloudy with sprinkles, and that will be the end of mountain biking season for the foreseeable future.

For you Gorge gardeners, it’s time to start your tomato plants. Actually, you should have started them on Valentine’s day, but like you, I forgot. So get going on them now!

On Mt. Hood, exciting things are about to happen, which is good on many levels. For me, this means I get to talk about something more interesting than boring weather. Unfortunately, boring weather continues today on Mt. Hood. There will be partly cloudy sky mixed with flurries today, with heavier snowfall overnight. The snow level will be 1500′ this morning and 1000′ this afternoon. No measurable accumulation happens during the day, but we’ll see .1-.3” water value (WV)tonight, for 1-3” of new snow by 4am Tuesday. Wind today will be SW 15 rising to SW 25 this afternoon.

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Tomorrow sees flurries mixed with partly cloudy skies on Mt. Hood. The snow level will be 500′ early, rising to 2000′ in the afternoon. No accumulation. Wind will be SW 10 early, E 10 midday and NW 10 in the evening.

Wednesday looks partly cloudy on Mt. Hood. We might see a few orographic flurries, but there won’t be any accumulation. Wind will be NW 20 in the morning, dropping to NW 15 midday.

The weather takes a change for the interesting on Thursday. The snow level will be 1000′ early, rising to 1500′ in the afternoon. We’ll see .4-.6” WV for 5-7” of new snow by 4pm. Very heavy precip continues overnight, for another .8-1.2” WV and 8-10” of new snow. Wind on Thursday will be W 20 early, W 30 by 10am and W 40 in the evening.

Things get much more interesting Friday morning after 4am. The current storm track predicted by the GFS model has about a 50/50 chance of the temp spiking into the rain zone on Friday morning with multiple inches of moisture. It’s really too far out to be making a call, but I’m keeping a keen eye on the Friday weather. By Friday afternoon, though, the snow level will drop with lots of moisture and fresh snow for the weekend.

Have an awesome day today!