FORECAST FOR 11/25/2014
Cloudy this morning becoming mostly sunny later in the day. Highs will be in the mid 50s for the valleys, and in the 40s for the mountains and east of the Cascades. Overnight, expect areas of fog and low clouds to form in the valleys west of the Cascades. Lows will be near 40 for the valleys, and in the 30s for the mountains and east of the Cascades.
WEATHER SUMMARY DISCUSSION:
We did indeed see a warm front push through the region last night, The result was a very widespread light rain event, and to warm things in the mountains pushing snow levels up. The timing of the front's passage was much slower than expected so we had a day yesterday that had more sunshine to it than had been expected. Clouds are lingering this morning behind the front, but those should be gone by this afternoon and that will give us plenty of sunshine later. This also gets us into a break in the weather that will last through Thanksgiving Day. Welcome news for holiday travelers. The data this morning is still showing a return to stormy weather after Thanksgiving. The rain comes back as soon as Thanksgiving night for some areas like the coast, and then inland for Black Friday. We will see a series of systems come through a trough that will be over us through Saturday, and then it looks like a much stronger better organized system arrives for Sunday. This could well be a storm by the time it arrives here with the potential for wind along with rain and snow for the mountains. This system will also usher in colder air and give us the lowest snow levels of the season by Monday. It is looking this morning like they will be somewhere around 3500 feet by Monday night. But, by the time they get there, there may not be much moisture available to lead to significant accumulations. However, beginning Sunday there will likely be enough snow to impact the passes in the Cascades. I will be keeping an eye on that as it looks like for those traveling later on Sunday into Sunday night, there will be impacts from snow and ice. Looking ahead to next week, it is looking like we will see unsettled to active weather continuing with rain for the valleys and snow for the mountains.
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Crater Lake National Park has announced a proposal to increase its $10 entrance fee by 150 percent to account for inflation and provide revenue the park says is needed for maintenance projects.
Entrance fees per vehicle, which allows occupants into the park for seven days, would increase to $25. Individual fees would increase from $5 to $12 and motorcycle passes would be raised substantially, from $5 to $20. Interagency passes would remain unchanged at $80 general. $10 for a senior pass, and stay free for military purchasers.
Park officials are asking for public input through late December.The new fees, which would put Crater Lake comparable on fee structure to other national parks of its size. If the proposed fee structures are adopted, they could be implemented by early 2015, though the schedule could vary based on public feedback according to park officials. National Park officials said the increase is to stay consistent with inflation, as entrance fees have not changed since 1997, when seven-day passes doubled, from $5 to $10. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index shows $10 in 1997 is equivalent to about $14.79 in 2014.
They say the extra revenue is needed for repair and maintenance of park facilities, building restoration, additional park programs, transportation services and increased resource protection. Some improvement projects already in the works include reconstruction of the Cleetwood Cove bulkhead and dock facility, expansion of the Cleetwood parking area, repaving of the Mazama Campground, construction of a trail at Plaikni Falls, and the production of an orientation video for the park. The park is looking at these projects as necessary repairs and upgrades, but at the same time is dealing with budgetary cuts that would not provide adequate funding for these projects without the raising of fees as proposed.
Proposed Fee Increase
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