Saturday. 12/14. Mt. Hood forecast. Gorge weather and wind. Next week’s weather speculation.

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 December 14, 2013

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Random Morning Thoughts

It’s very warm and cozy in my office at Mt. Hood Meadows this morning. It’s so warm and cozy that it’s making me want to take a nap, even though it’s not yet 7am.

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

Today looks like a cloudy day on Mt. Hood with a chance of a few sprinkles in the afternoon, evening and overnight, with less than .1” of rain. Just sprinkles. Not rain, drizzle or downpour. Sprinkles. The free air freezing level (FAF) today will be 10,000′ early, rising to 12,000′ in the afternoon. Wind will be WNW 15 in the morning, steadily rising to W 30 in the afternoon.

Tomorrow starts out cloudy with a chance of sprinkles, becoming clear in the afternoon. The FAF will be 10,000′ all day. Expect wind at W 30-35 in the morning, becoming WNW 30-35 in the afternoon as the sky clears.

Expect clear sky on Monday with the FAF between 9000′ and 10,000′. Wind on Monday will be NW 25+.

Next chance for precipitation is on Wednesday evening, and that should come in as snow, perhaps even snow in the lowlands. The following round of precip is predicted for Friday, too far out to be predicting, but tentatively scheduled to come in as rain.

Plain Old Local Weather

Although it’s 36 degrees in Hood River this morning, the roads were sparkling with ice at 5:20am when I left my house. Expect temps today to rise to 40 degrees in the afternoon under cloudy sky. Maybe some sprinkles will fall overnight, and maybe not.

Sunday looks cloudy in the Gorge all day with temps rising into the upper 40’s. Monday looks clear with temps in the upper 30’s.

In the long-range forecast, we may see some snow in the Gorge on Wednesday night as a very cold system moves in. Even colder air is predicted to filter in to the Gorge on Thursday and Friday, and then a warm system is predicted to move over the top of this icy-cold air Friday night, for doom and destruction. Of course, this is way too far out to be predicting doom and destruction, but it’s still fun to speculate, as much as I’d hate to see doom and destruction.

Gorge Wind Forecast

The gradient this morning stands at E .01, not enough for any wind of note. We’ll see the easterlies pick up to 10-15 at the usual windy spots this morning before the wind flip-flops to W 13-15 this afternoon. Expect westerlies at 15-18 from Hood River eastward on Sunday and easterlies at 21-24 on Monday.

Road and Mountain Biking

Mmmph. I saw several road bike racer types on the Twin Tunnels yesterday around 3pm. I even saw one wearing shorts.

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

Mt. Hood Meadows has a free ski and snowboard demo day on Sunday.

Have an awesome day today!