Saturday, 2/15. Mt. Hood snow, Gorge wind, boating weather, and rain, rain, rain for the valleys.

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 February 15, 2014

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Random Morning Thoughts

I see snow-covered chairs from my office. That means I get to break out my baseball bat and do some deicing today. Yay!

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

We’re starting with snow on Mt. Hood this morning, but we’ll see a switch to warmer, wetter precipitation, aka rain, by mid-morning or early afternoon. The snow level will be around 5000′ early rising slowly to 7000′ by 1pm. It’ll fall to 6000′ around 7pm, 3000′ around 10pm, and 1500′ around 4am Sunday. During the day today, we’ll see light snowfall early for .1-.2” water value (WV) for 1-2” of new. Then we’ll see 1.5” water value (WV) between 1pm and 7pm, for rain and rain and rain. After the snow level drops around 7pm, we’ll see .5-.7” water value (WV) for 5-7” of new snow. Wind will be light early, picking up to SW 25-30 mid-morning and steadily rising to SW 55-60 mid-afternoon. The wind will switch to W 50 overnight as the cold front moves through.

Sunday starts off with orographic snow flurries or maybe just partly cloudy sky, and stays that way for much of the day, before clouding up mid-afternoon and the precipitating overnight. The snow level Sunday morning will be 1500′ or less, rising to 5000′ by 4pm and 6500′ by 10pm, not dropping to 5500′ until Monday morning. We’ll see minimal accumulation during the day. As of now, it’s hard to make a call about Sunday night into Monday because the models are showing the precip just north of us. But shift that storm track just a bit, and we get drenched. So… we’re going to have to wait for the next couple of model runs. Wind Sunday will be W 45-50 early and SW 40 midday. Then the wind will slowly pick up to WSW 70 overnight.

Monday starts with the snow level at 5500′, quickly dropping to 3500′ at 7am and 2000′ Monday afternoon. We’ll see, if nothing changes, 1.5-2” WV of snow, for 1-2 feet of snow during the day Monday, followed by orographic snow flurries overnight. Wind on Monday will be WSW 70 early, becoming W 40-50 mid-morning as the snow level drops.

As of right now, Tuesday looks very snowy, with a period of rain possibly mixed in midday, with 1-2” WV, for lots of new snow.

Gorge Weather

I forgot to look at the temps and the weather before I left the house today. However, I looked when I got to the mountain. It’s in the upper 30’s this morning, and temps will rise to 50ish this afternoon. Lots of rain in the forecast today, especially this afternoon. Sunday starts with temps in the upper 30’s, rising to the mid-40’s in the afternoon. It’ll be partly cloudy for much of the day Sunday with heavy rain overnight. Monday starts with more rain in the Gorge with temps in the mid-40’s. Temps will drop to 40ish in the afternoon.

Gorge Wind Forecast

There’s an E .09 gradient this morning, and that’s going to increase as an upper low approaches the coast. We’ll see the easterlies pick up to 40mph this morning. Then we’ll see a switch to west wind late in the evening with strong west wind overnight. We’ll see leftover westerlies Sunday morning at gusty 24-28, and then we’ll see the westerlies pick up to gusty 28-32 at Arlington in the afternoon. Monday brings continued gusty westerly wind at 24-28.

Road and Mountain Biking

No reports on the trails. Maybe Syncline is drying out with the west wind on it? Columbia Hills? Deschutes River Trail? Anyone have any reports?


The Hood is at 7.67′ and the Klickitat is at 2530cfs.

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

The Cold Lap CX ride leaves Dirty Fingers at 3pm today. Coming up tomorrow, there’s ping pong ($5) at the Armory from 3pm-6pm, and there pickup rugby in Mosier from 3pm-5pm.

Have an awesome day today!