The snow’s falling again on Mt. Hood. This morning Timberline has 7” of new snow, and it’s 23 degrees with a 150” base. That’s nice cold snow, so it should be good powder turns today. My favorite Oregon resort, Mt. Hood Meadows, has 4” of new snow today. They’re supposed to get a few more inches today and a few more tomorrow, so if the temperatures can stay cold, we’ll have good turns this weekend.
If you’d like to play at river level, you’ll have your chance today. An upper trough is moving east and high pressure is slowly building at the coast. Light west gradients this morning build this afternoon, with gusty westerlies building into the 15-19 range from Stevenson down to Hood River and 20-24 further east.
Westerlies pick up tomorrow as coastal high pressure builds. Thursday morning starts off with 16-19 from the Corridor to the Dalles, building to 24-28 from Hood River to Arlington by late afternoon. Wind quality will definitely be better in the afternoon on Thursday, as the building high pressure stabilizes the atmosphere.
Friday looks windy as well, as coastal high pressure combines with an upper trough in the desert for sailable and kiteable westerlies. It’s a long way out still, but the setup does look very good for a steady and strong Corridor day.
If you’re a sailboat racer, tonight is opening night of race season, and if you’re a seasoned sailor and you show up at the Hood River Marina, there’s a good chance you can find your way onto a boat.
Mountain bikers, it’s wet out there, so if you can hold off and not beat down the trails, that’s a good call. Instead, go check out the movie Race Across the Sky at Columbia Center for the Arts this evening. And while I’m talking mountain biking, I’d like to thank Mitchell and Mike at Dirty Fingers Bike Repair for the new wheel for my ghetto commuter bike.
Oh, and gardeners, get on it! The soil temp at my house was 59.5 degrees last time I checked. That’s warm enough for planting nearly everything… I can’t wait for strawberries and snap peas… And the tomatoes look way better in the ground than in my bedroom under a fluorescent light!
Have a great day today!