Sunday. 12/22. Happy day after the solstice. Pray for snow, please.

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 December 22, 2013

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Random Morning Thoughts

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

Nice day yesterday.

Today will bring light orographic rain/snow/freezing rain showers in the morning, becoming clear and sunny by mid-morning with high clouds moving in this afternoon. The snow level will be 7000′ early, 8000′ mid-morning, and 9000′ in the afternoon. We’ll see .1-.3” water value (WV) before noon, and no precip after that. Wind will decrease during the day, starting at NW 30 and fading to NW 15 in the afternoon.

A strong cold front moves in Monday morning, with precip starting between 1am and 4am. The snow level will be initially high, 9000′. It will drop to 8000′ by 10am, 7000′ by 1pm, 5000′ around 4pm and 3000′ in the evening, before dropping to 2000′ Tuesday morning. We’ll see around 1” of WV between 4am and 4pm, most of which will fall before the snow level drops, giving us .75” rain and .2-.3” WV of colder precip, for 1-3” of new snow in the late afternoon. Wind on Monday will be W 20 early, W 40 at 10am, W 50 at 1pm, and WNW 45 in the evening.

Tuesday looks clear and cold in the morning, but building high pressure will bring warm, sunny weather to Mt. Hood in the afternoon. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be 1500′ early, rising to 6500′ mid-morning and 8000′ in the afternoon. Wind will be NW 20 early, dropping to NW 10-15 in the afternoon.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday look dry and warm.

Plain Old Local Weather

This morning looks partly cloudy with a chance of sprinkles in the Gorge, and the afternoon looks partly cloudy with temps nearing 50 degrees. Rain starts Monday morning, becoming showery in the afternoon. The high temp Monday will be around 50 degrees. Tuesday will be dry and may be clear, but may also have low inversion clouds. The high temp Tuesday will be in the mid 40’s. Wednesday will likely bring inversion clouds and temps in the low 40’s.

Gorge Wind Forecast

Seems like we’ve seen an awful lot of west wind this winter, and the next couple of days will be no exception to that unusual pattern. We’re at .07/.03 this morning, enough for westerlies at 15-18 from Hood River to The Dalles early. As a system swings through today, we’ll see the wind pick up to 22-26 east of Mosier, maybe east of The Dalles.

Monday brings westerlies at 15-18 in the morning, picking up to 26-30 in the afternoon, likely from Mosier eastward, but possibly from Hood River eastward .Tuesday looks light, as high pressure builds over the region, and we’ll likely see easterlies through Friday.

Road and Mountain Biking

Rumor has it that yesterday’s westerly wind dried out the Syncline enough to make it good. Now, I can’t prove that, because I wasn’t there, but that’s the rumor. Somebody should test it. Not all of you. Some of you.

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

There’s ping pong from 3-6pm today at the Hood River Armory and there’s pickup rugby from 3-5 today at the Mosier School.

Have an awesome day today!