Sunday: High and dry. At least the dirt is epic…

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

It’s Sunday, and once again the GFS and Euro have downgraded snow amounts for today. Looking into the long-range forecast, the ginormous Pacific ridge remains in place. This means weather systems will have to drop in from Alaska. By the time they reach Mt. Hood, there’s unlikely to much moisture left. The GFS keeps us dry this week. The Euro brings in a wetter system Wednesday and Thursday for some snow. Given the setup, I’m leaning towards the GFS.

For Sunday, expect overcast sky on Mt. Hood. Occasional snowflakes will fall, but just a trace of snow will accumulate. The snow level will be 1500′ today and down near sea level overnight. Widn will be W 15-20 in the morning, NE 10 in the afternoon, and NNE 15-20 overnight.

Monday looks sunny. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be at sea level early, 500′ in the afternoon, and 7000′ (with temps at 33-35 degrees) after midnight. Wind Tuesday will be NNE 15-20 in the morning, NE 25 in the afternoon, and N 15 overnight.

Tuesday looks sunny with very dry air. The FAF will be 7000′ early (it will be in the 20’s at sea level, FYI), 10,000′ in the afternoon, and 6500′ after midnight. Wind Tuesday will be N 15 in the morning, W 10-15 in the afternoon, and WNW 30 after midnight.

The GFS brings a system in from the north on Wednesday. It’s predicting a couple inches of snow. The Euro brings in several inches of snow. Beyond that, the general picture remains the same: strong high pressure in the Pacific sends the “weather” far to the north, leaving us with scrapings.

Random Morning Thoughts

I have 6 bananas wasting away on my counter. If you’ll excuse me, please, I’m going to make banana bread rather than reflecting on life, the universe, and everything. The answer, in case you were wondering, is of course 42.

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Gorge Wind Forecast

It’s Sunday, and we’ll have light wind this morning. The wind will pick up to W 10-13 this afternoon, probably just in the western Gorge. Monday starts with E 10-15, picks up to E 20-25 near Rooster Rock midday, and fades to E 10-15 in the afternoon. Tuesday looks like E 30-35 in the morning. Afternoon wind is dependent on whether the offshore high or inland high ends up stronger.

Gorge Weather Forecast

It’s overcast to start Sunday. Temps will be in the low 30’s, may drop a bit as the air hydrates, and will warm to the mid 40’s this afternoon. We could see a few snowflakes early and sprinkles later, but there won’t be much. Light wind. No rainbows. Monday looks sunny. Temps will be near 30 early and in the mid 40’s in the afternoon. East wind. No rainbows. Tuesday starts off quite cold. Temps will be in the mid 20’s early and the upper 40’s in the afternoon. East wind. No rainbows.

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White Sprinter Van of the Week

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Road and Mountain Biking

Post Canyon is officially open. Yay! Not only is it open, it’s the BEST EVER! BROWN POW! GET IT NOW! Know what else? It was as crowded on Friday afternoon as it was on any weekend mid-summer. Everyone was out! Whoopdee is still closed. Nestor, Hospital Hill, Syncline are all open. What more could you ask for?

Upcoming Events

On Sunday, there’s by-donation yoga at Samadhi at 9am, ping pong at the Armory at 10am, meditation at Flow at 11am, pickup touch rugby at the Hood River Waterfront Park at 11am, YogaFaith at Pure Yoga in The Dalles at 4pm, and restorative yoga at Pure Yoga in Hood River at 6pm.

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Have an awesome day today!


By Temira

Temira Lital is a recreation and travel weather forecaster based in Hood River, Oregon. She's also a mental health counselor. Temira bikes, skis, windsurfs, paddles a SUP, swims in mountain lakes, and has a giant garden. Most recently she's taken up SUP foiling. Temira is powered by La Croix, steak, and beets.