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Thread: 11/12 Mt. Hood
12-24-2011, 08:46 AM #201
245 AM PST SAT DEC 24 2011
.SYNOPSIS...A WETTER AND MORE ACTIVE WEATHER REGIME WILL TAKE HOLD
AS A SERIES OF PACIFIC FRONTS MOVE INTO THE AREA ON A STRENGTHENING
JET STREAM. THE FIRST FRONT WILL BRING SOME LIGHT RAIN TO MAINLY THE
NORTHERN HALF OF THE AREA THIS MORNING. A STRONGER FRONT WILL MOVE
THROUGH THE AREA ON SUNDAY. AN EVEN STRONGER AND WETTER FRONT WILL
MOVE THROUGH THE AREA LATER MONDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT.
.SHORT TERM...THE LAST GASP OF UPPER LEVEL RIDGING EXTENDING FROM
WASHINGTON SOUTHWARD INTO THE PACIFIC OFF CALIFORNIA IS WEAKENING AS
A STRONG ZONAL FLOW TAKES HOLD OVER THE PACIFIC. BY THE MIDDLE TO
END OF NEXT WEEK...A RATHER CONSOLIDATED JET WILL EXTEND ACROSS THE
LENGTH OF THE PACIFIC ALL THE WAY FROM EAST CENTRAL CHINA INTO
A WEAK WARM FRONT EXTENDING FROM THE NORTHWEST OREGON COAST
NORTHWESTWARD INTO THE PACIFIC WILL LIFT NORTHWARD ACROSS THE AREA
THIS MORNING AND ONTO VANCOUVER ISLAND BY LATER THIS AFTERNOON.
RADARS SHOW LIGHT RAIN MOVING ONTO THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA AND INTO
THE NORTH CASCADES WITH RAIN SHADOWING SEEN TO THE EAST OF THE
OLYMPIC MOUNTAINS AND VANCOUVER ISLAND MOUNTAINS. EXPECT MOST AREAS
TO SEE SOME RAIN THIS MORNING BUT WITH RATHER LIGHT AMOUNTS EAST OF
THE COASTAL TERRAIN. ONCE THE WARM FRONT MOVES TO THE NORTH...RAIN
WILL COME TO AN END AND TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO POP INTO THE
LOWER 50S...QUITE MILD FOR LATE DECEMBER.
TONIGHT WILL BE MAINLY CLOUDY. MOISTURE IN THE LOWER LEVELS AND SOME
RADIATIONAL COOLING WILL GIVE AREAS OF FOG TO THE SOUTH PUGET SOUND
AREA AND VALLEYS OF THE SOUTH INTERIOR. RAIN CHANCES WILL INCREASE
ALONG THE COAST TOWARD MORNING AS THE NEXT FRONT NOW SEEN NEAR 140W
A PASSING COLD FRONT ON CHRISTMAS DAY WILL BRING ANOTHER SHOT OF
RAINFALL AND LOCALLY BREEZY CONDITIONS IN THE NORTH INTERIOR. WHILE
THIS FRONT WILL BE STRONGER THAN WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IN ABOUT A
MONTH...IT REALLY WILL JUST BE A RUN-OF-THE-MILL FRONT FOR THIS TIME
OF YEAR. SNOW LEVELS IN THE MOUNTAINS WILL START OUT HIGH SUNDAY
MORNING...THEN WILL DROP TO PASS LEVEL DURING THE AFTERNOON HOURS.
SNOWFALL AMOUNTS DURING THE AFTERNOON HOURS AND WITH POST FRONTAL
SHOWERS SUNDAY NIGHT ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN BELOW ADVISORY CRITERIA.
LATE SUNDAY AND MUCH OF MONDAY WILL BE CLOUDY BUT MAINLY DRY AS
BRIEF WEAK SHORT WAVE RIDGING PASSES ACROSS THE AREA. ALBRECHT
.LONG TERM...STRONG ZONAL FLOW WILL BRING A SERIES OF VIGOROUS
SYSTEMS ACROSS THE AREA DURING THE UPCOMING WEEK...ONE ABOUT EVERY
24 HOURS. THE SYSTEMS FOR MONDAY NIGHT...LATER TUESDAY INTO
WEDNESDAY...AND FRIDAY WILL BRING MODERATE TO LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN AT
TIMES TO THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA AND LOWER WEST SLOPES OF THE
CASCADES. BY MID TO LATE WEEK...HEAVY SNOW MAY BECOME AN ISSUE IN
THE MOUNTAINS ABOVE ABOUT 3000 FEET. THE ECMWF IN PARTICULAR...SHOWS
SYSTEMS LATER IN THE WEEK ASSOCIATED WITH 140-160 KT 300 MB JET
STREAKS AND GIVING LOCALLY WINDY TO VERY WINDY CONDITIONS TO
PORTIONS OF THE AREA. THERE IS A GOOD DEAL OF UNCERTAINTY IN THE
FORECAST DETAILS AT THIS TIME...BUT THESE SYSTEMS WILL NEED TO BE
From the post above, I got lucky on this observation. Thank you Baby Jesus............
12-25-2011, 12:43 PM #202
^^^ I like it! Although sounds like the bulk of the moisture won't come until later in the week and I'll be gone. I'm still debating on heading up tomorrow or Tuesday. Any thoughts on which day will be better?
12-25-2011, 06:02 PM #203
Tuesday Bob. Should see +6" new. Wed. 7k FL., Rest of wk. lowering FL 4-5K.
12-25-2011, 08:16 PM #204
I would just like to thank Sgt. Skidmark for his sacrifice. We made it up around 2 this afternoon, braved the 40mph winds for a few hours. We will be there first thing in the am....
12-26-2011, 12:25 AM #205
tonight lift ops shut it down around 7ish and the bowls were looking and skiing awesome.
12-29-2011, 10:26 AM #206
I am going to be up there Friday, no two ways about it.
12-29-2011, 04:31 PM #207Registered User
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12-29-2011, 06:28 PM #208
high winds friday in addition to the big dump
my prediction: sat morn FTW, when they open lifts and slopes worth skiing
get there early...it's going to be busy and a lot of folks are blue-ballin for some pow
12-29-2011, 07:40 PM #209
Oregon's snowpack well below average, but officials say there's plenty of time to catch up
Published: Thursday, December 29, 2011, 5:45 PM Updated: Thursday, December 29, 2011, 6:09 PM
Kate Mather, The Oregonian By Kate Mather, The Oregonian
Where's the snow? Lower-than-normal snowpack levels have skiers and snowboarders griping, but officials say there's plenty of time for flurries to fall. Earlier this month, grass could be seen poking out of the snow at the Timberline Ski Area.
Snow has been slow to fall in Oregon this year, and official snowpack readings Thursday validated the gripes of skies and snowboarders.
Jon Lea, a hydrologist with the U.S. Natural Resources Conversation Service in Portland, made a morning trek to a Mount Hood Sno-Tel site below Timberline Lodge to measure the snowpack. It read at half of normal levels for this time of year.
The snow was about 41 inches deep, about 54 percent of average. About 91 inches of snow were measured at the same spot last year, Lea said.
"Last year we had a very, very snowy December," he said. "We started off really good this year and then we had this very, very dry December come along."
The dry spell affected snow levels across the state: Oregon is at 43 percent of its average snowfall.
Washington has had better luck. Though eastern parts of the state are drier than the North Cascades and Puget Sound, overall Washington is at 81 percent of its average snowfall.
A significant portion of the western United States' water supply for drinking, farming, recreation and other uses comes from melting snow in the summer. However, Lea said the season's low numbers aren't anything to worry about yet.
Typically about 40 percent of the maximum snowpack comes by Jan. 1, he said, meaning there's plenty of time for the flakes to fall.
"We have a long ways of winter left to go," he said.
"As we were finishing up at the site, it started to snow, so the storm that was predicted to come did. It's exactly what we need to get the snowpack to build back up."
-- Kate Mather
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12-30-2011, 11:16 AM #210
HRM storm recovery for 5 inches? WTF???? Someone explain this one to me.
12-30-2011, 11:34 AM #211
12-30-2011, 06:19 PM #212
all kinds of excitement today...
**Two separate accidents on Hwy 35 coming from Govy. Both directions of traffic are blocked."We sit together, the mountain and I, until only the mountain remains." -Li Po
12-30-2011, 07:11 PM #213Registered User
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Hope you all got some today. Great turns to be had at bachelor today.
Jonesy, my mission will be to buy you a beer this season. Too many failed attempts of meeting the last few years. Enjoy tomorrow...I will be driving back to the wrong side of the mountains.
On a side note, my beginner daughter had her first real powder turns today. Could not stop smiling all day. Every run, "wow...this is amazing" She claims, top 5 day lifetime. (not just riding the mountain...) I remember how that was...nice to live vicariously though the younger ones!
12-30-2011, 07:17 PM #214
Free refills all afternoon, walked onto the lifts after about 1:00.
It was full-on nuclear winter when I left around 3:45. Tomorrow is going to be really, really good.
12-30-2011, 09:13 PM #215
Crazy day. Legs toast. Good times.
Any guesses on the opening of PR or HC?
12-30-2011, 09:42 PM #216
I heard traffic was dirty. Probably the same tomorrow. I am going to tape the shit out of my foot injury and get up there. Been a while since the forecast looked like this. Looking forward to skiing!
12-30-2011, 10:32 PM #217
Night skiing at meadows did not suck. Still puking on last run!
12-31-2011, 10:50 AM #218
All lots full at 9:15. I'm so glad I went for the free refills last night.
12-31-2011, 02:27 PM #219
12-31-2011, 04:32 PM #220
12-31-2011, 04:33 PM #221"We sit together, the mountain and I, until only the mountain remains." -Li Po
12-31-2011, 04:37 PM #222
^like it. Member when the bridge got taken out?
12-31-2011, 04:38 PM #223"We sit together, the mountain and I, until only the mountain remains." -Li Po
12-31-2011, 04:39 PM #224"We sit together, the mountain and I, until only the mountain remains." -Li Po
12-31-2011, 04:42 PM #225