Tuesday: very springlike with lots of brown pow this week!

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 April 16, 2019

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

Mt. Hood’s weather is turning decidedly springlike for the next week or so. A few snow flurries Tuesday are followed by the possibility of a few sprinkles Tuesday night. After that – warmer weather with a chance of some precipitation with the passage of a weather system on Friday.

Tuesday brings flurries and partly cloudy sky all the way through early Wednesday. The snow level will be 3000′ early, 5000′ in the afternoon, and 6500′ after midnight, by which time the precip shall have ended. Just a trace of snow falls during the day, and just a wee bit falls in the evening. No accumulation. Wind will be WNW 10 early, WSW 20 in the afternoon, and WNW 25 after midnight.

Wednesday looks cloudy in the morning and partly cloudy to clear in the afternoon. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be 6500′ early, 9000′ in the afternoon, and 10,000′ overnight. Wind: WNW 25 early, WNW 20 int eh afternoon, and WSW 15 after midnight.

Thursday starts out clear and turns cloudy. Models disagree on the southward progression of a cold front. Most likely the precip will stay north of the Columbia River, leaving Mt. Hood dry until after midnight. The FAF will be 10,000′ early, 11,000′ in the afternoon, and 9000′ after midnight. Just a track of rain will fall after midnight. Wind: WSW 15 early, SW 20 in the afternoon, and WSW 35 after midnight.

Models disagree on the amount of precip on Friday, but it does appear that the moisture will fall as snow as the freezing level drops back down to 4500′ or so. The weekend currently looks dry and warmer.

Gorge Wind

A series of weak fronts moves across the Northwest for the next few days. Result: gusty westerlies. A decent chance for stronger west wind arrives on Friday afternoon as a cold front moves through and offshore high pressure builds in behind it. River flow on Tuesday was 200kcfs and river temp was 47 degrees. With a high of 60 predicted for Tuesday, that’s a total of 107, enough for many of you to consider hopping in the river!

For Tuesday, expect light westerlies this morning at 10-13 in most places all the way from Stevenson to Arlington. We’ll see a bump to 12-15 out in the sunny desert after 10am (The Dalles to Arlington). For the afternoon, the western Gorge hovers at 11-14 under partly to mostly cloudy sky. Driving eastward gets you gusty 18-23 from Rowena to Arlington after 2pm.

Wednesday: not a lot, but enough to get you on the water. The day starts with 5-10 and sprinkles in the western Gorge with 12-15 from Mosier eastward. After this weak system moves through,t he wind picks up to 12-15 from Stevenson to Arlington. High temps Wednesday will be in the mid 60’s.

Thursday looks even warmer. Gusty afternoon westerlies arrive with the assistance of a cold front dropping in from the north. While that most likely won’t bring rain, it’ll be enough to amp up the wind speeds. Thursday starts calm and clear and stays that way until noon. The wind then picks up to gusty 19-23 from Stevenson to Rufus with 5-10 farther east. Current forecast high is 72, although that may not happen if the clouds arrive as early as predicted. Looking at Friday… too far out for solid predictions, but the Euro and GFS agree on a stronger westerly day, probably east of Mosier.

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Hood River Weather Forecast

It’s mostly cloudy out there this morning, and today shall stay at least partly cloudy. Temps will be in the mid 40’s early and near 60 later. Light west wind. 18% chance of rainbows. Wednesday looks cloudy early and partly cloudy later. Temps: mid 40’s rising to the mid 60’s. Light west wind. 4% chance of rainbows. Thursday looks sunny in the morning with high clouds in the afternoon. Temps: mid 40’s rising to the (YES!) low 70’s. Light and variable wind early picks up to moderate westerlies after noon. No rainbows.

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Road and Mountain Biking

As for riding: Syncline is brown pow. Post is likely too wet and muddy to ride. Same for Whoopdee – please don’t, or you’ll damage the trails and volunteers will have to clean up after you rather than rebuilding new trails. The cows are out on Hospital Hill, which happens to be private land owned by the Kreps family. Do not take your dog or you 1) endanger the life of your dog and 2) endanger access to the land for everyone. Later this week: brown pow everywhere. Get ready for mountain biking season!

Upcoming Events

It’s Tuesday. There’s Zen meditation at Trinity Body Arts at 6am and free yoga at HAVEN in The Dalles at 5:30pm. At 5:15pm, there’s an hour-long silent meditation for experienced meditators. That’s followed by a 30-40 minute meditation and talk by the Pacific Hermitage monks starting at 6:30.

Other events: TKO has a trail work party on Mt. Defiance on Thursday and one on Wygant Peak Trail on Friday. On Saturday: Viento Beach Cleanup (CGW2) at 9, Trout Lake 5k/10k/half at 9, Riverfront Park Cleanup (SOLVE) at 10am. Mazotfest at Meadows. Sunday: Last day of Nordic at Meadows, Punchbowl Falls work party (TKO), Lyrids meteor shower, Westside Fire breakfast (7-11), and the Sunday Service ride at Dirty Fingers.

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Have an awesome day today!