Sunday. 12/15. Mt. Hood forecast. Gorge forecast. Oh please let it snow soon.

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 December 15, 2013

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Random Morning Thoughts

It’s a very long weekend of work for me…

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

The Mt. Hood snow forecast contains drizzle this morning, or maybe just falling mist. Either way, it’s not a snow forecast. Expect orographic drizzle with sunbreaks today, for a 90% chance of rainbows. Total precip will be under .1”. The snow level will be 8000′ early, rising to 10,000′ midday and staying there. Temps at 5000′ will be near 40 this morning, in the mid-30’s midday, and near 40 in the evening. Wind today will be W 30 early, WNW 35-40 midday and WNW 25 in the evening.

Monday starts out clear. Periods of high overcast are likely during the day. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be 10,000′ or higher all day with temps at 5000′ near 40 degrees in the morning and 50 degrees in the afternoon. Wind will be WNW 30 in the morning, slowly swinging to W 25 in the afternoon.

Tuesday looks clear for much of the day. Clouds move in late ahead of a weak approaching system. The FAF will be 12,000′ for much of the day with temps at 5000′ in the upper 40’s. Wind will be WSW 20-30 early, becoming WNW 30 midday and W 25 overnight.

The next chance of snow is late Tuesday night, when the FAF drops from 12,000′ to 5500′ with a few tenths of an inch of water value overnight. At this point, it looks like we’ll see a couple inches of new snow on the ground on Wednesday morning, but models have been steadily decreasing the precip amounts. The next potentially wet system is set for Friday-Sunday, but again, the precip amounts have been dropping every day.

Plain Old Local Weather

Looks like we’ll see partly cloudy weather today with temps rising into the upper 40’s. Tomorrow starts off near freezing with clear sky, but low clouds fill in midday, keeping temps in the upper 30’s during the day. Tuesday looks clear and near freezing to start, warming up to the upper 40’s in the afternoon.

Looks like we’ll see a bit of a modified Arctic blast Wednesday afternoon through Friday midday. So, a few flurries are possible Wednesday. Friday evening is a bit of a concern, but at this point, it looks like the cold air will be scoured out before the Friday night precip hits (if it doesn’t just disappear from the weather models).

Gorge Wind Forecast

We have a .09 gradient and above-freezing temps this morning. With that setup, you can expect westerlies at 21-24 today from Hood River out to Maryhill or so with 13-15 at Steven’s Locks and east of Rufus. Monday starts with west wind at 15-18, but it’ll switch to east wind at 10-15 in the afternoon. Tuesday starts off light and picks up to W 21-24 or so in the afternoon.

Road and Mountain Biking

So wishing I could ride my bike today! You go ride for me – just take your cross bike for a spin. Anyone have any feedback on the trails? I’m guessing they’ve thawed out and are really muddy, but that’s just a guess.

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

Meadows has a free ski and snowboard demo day today from 9am to 1pm. There’s pickup rugby in Mosier tonight from 3-5. There’s pickup ultimate tomorrow night at 8pm at Horizon Christian School.

Have an awesome day today!