This Weekend: Quiet Weather

December 13, 2013

11pm Friday…

After an exciting 2 weeks, the weather is finally very slow this evening.  And, more important, there doesn’t appear to be anything interesting on the horizon.  Upper level ridging wants to remain near the West Coast or a bit farther offshore the next 7-10 days.  Slightly farther west and we’d see a cold trough drop down from the north.  Some model ensembles hint that could happen, but I don’t see anything convincing yet.  Here’s the 00z GFS ensemble chart:

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This pattern continues to be very dry for December.   Check out the Mt. Hood snow outlook:

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This implies that Skibowl and Hoodoo wont be able to open for at least the beginning of Christmas Break.  And the pathetic start to the ski season higher up at Meadows and Timberline wont get any better…sorry snow riders!

Enjoy the weekend!