I just checked the winter snowfall total at Government Camp, near 4,000′ elevation on Mt. Hood. Looks like the after early next week (with more pass-elevation snow), we’ll have the snowiest winter up there since 1974-1975. There were a string of years with 350-450" up there in the early-mid 1970s. We sure won’t beat that since May is almost here! But a heck of a winter at the lower-mid elevations in the Cascades.
A tough forecast the last 2 days for this weekend. Luckily models seem to have formed a consensus on dry, but lots of high clouds tomorrow, then rain at some point Sunday afternoon. Enjoy the warmer weather. The Mark Magic Chart says a solidly sunny day tomorrow with the same atmospheric conditions would produce a high of 75-78. That’s because there is a nice downslope easterly wind and 850mb temps rise to around +8 or so in the afternoon. The WRF-GFS from the UofW keeps insisting on a high of 80 degrees tomorrow. Wouldn’t that be nice if my forecast was that far off?
A cold trough returns later Monday through Thursday of next week, so enjoy the mild weather this weekend. Mark Nelsen