Wednesday: yup, winter is on the way…

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 November 20, 2019

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Today’s Gorge Wind – these are ranges for the average speed, not a predicted wind range. =)
Your favorite beach Dawn
Steven’s Locks LTV E5-10 E15-10 E20-25
Swell-Hood River LTV LTV LTE LTE
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena LTV LTV LTE LTE
Rufus, etc. LTV LTV LTE LTE
Roosevelt & Arlington LTV LTV LTE LTE

Mt. Hood Weather Forecast

The next few days on the mountain don’t have much of note, but we’ll be moving into a wetter period starting Sunday morning. The details of next week aren’t clear yet, so it’s not really possible to make solid predictions.

For Wednesday, it’s NE wind, sunshine, and a developing inversion. The free air freezing level will be 3500′ in the morning with above freezing air between 7000′ and 10,000′ in the afternoon, as well as below 3000′. Make sense? It’ll be below freezing between 3000′ and 7000′. Wind will be NE 20 early building to NE 35 in the afternoon.

Thursday looks clear and sunny. The free air freezing level will be 12,000′. Wind: E 30 int eh morning and SE 10 in the afternoon. Friday starts out sub-freezing in the lowlands, but the mountain will see above-freezing temps between 1000′ and 10,000′. The free air freezing level drops to 6000′ in the afternoon as a dry cold front moves through. Wind will be NW 10 all day.

Saturday will be dry. Looking at Sunday, we have a wet system moving in from the NW. The snow level will initially be 6500′, but it will drop to 2000′ in the evening. While most of the moisture will have passed by then, very strong orographics (NW wind at 40-45mph) will keep the snow falling and accumulating, especially on wind-favored slopes. Best guess at this time is 6-8” at 5000′. Another snowy system is forecast to move in Monday evening, after which model solutions start to diverge.  

Gorge Wind Forecast

Light and variable wind with a light easterly gradient on Wednesday morning picks up out of the east as the day goes on. Max wind will be 20-25 near Rooster and Stevenson. River flow is 117kcfs and temp is 51 degrees. Thursday starts with easterlies at 25-30 near Rooster and 20-25 near Stevenson. Midday wind picks up to 35-40 near Rooster and 30ish at Stevenson before backing off into the 20’s in the afternoon. Friday starts with calm wind. Offshore high pressure builds during the day. Westerlies climb to 20-23 from Stevenson to Hood River.

COAST, JONES, SAUVIE’S: Detailed forecast is back on winter break.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Mostly cloudy sky Wednesday morning turns clear in the afternoon. Temps will be int eh mid 40’s early and low 50’s later. Light easterlies. No rainbows. Thursday looks clear all day with a few high clouds possible late. Temps will be right around freezing early and in the upper 40’s later. Easterlies. No rainbows. Friday looks clear and sunny. Temps will be in the upper 20’s early and upper 40’s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Next chance of rain is Sunday morning.   Looking for a complete Columbia Gorge forecast? Looking for more humor in your weather? Obscenities? You’re looking for my TATAS: Temira’s Awesome Travel Advisory Service on Facebook.  

Road and Mountain Biking

Post Canyon is probably in the “too wet to ride” category. Hospital Hill is a maybe. Syncline was amazing on Tuesday, so give that a try, and please… stay on the designated trails. Do not cut the corners or make new trails. Other options: anything up high – it’s all still snow-free. Get it now, because upper-elevation snow starting Sunday will put an end to those trails, probably for the season.  

Upcoming Events

Today’s events start with the White Salmon Fun Run, meeting at Harvest Market at 7am. There’s Zumba Gold at the Hood River Adult Center at 9 and senior yoga at FISH food bank at 10. Saturday is the annual HRVHS Gorge Winter Gear Swap at the high school.  

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Have an awesome day today!