Random Morning Thoughts
Gratitude Month continues. What and whom are you grateful for today? I’m grateful to have a life that allows me to take advantage of a rain-free window today to ride my bike.
Mt. Hood Snow Forecast
Yesterday’s big storm delivered on the very low end of the snow predictions: just 3” fell at 5300′. Better than nothing, I suppose, but not enough for me to make the drive to skin for turns. Today sees the snow level around 4000′, with light flurries for up to .1” water value (WV), or just a trace of new snow. Wind will be W 20-25 early, fading to W 5 in the afternoon.
Saturday brings a warming trend: the freezing level starts at 5000′, rising to 7000′ by 1pm and 8000′ by 7pm. Luckily, there won’t be a ton of moisture with this system: just .1” WV, so just some light rain on top of the snowpack. Wind will be SW 15 early, rising to SW 25-30 in the afternoon.
Sunday looks dry, cloudy, and warm on Mt. Hood, with the freezing level at 10,000′. Wind will be SW 20-30. Next chance of significant snowfall? Models aren’t showing anything yet…
Plain Old Local Weather
The weather will remain cloudy, but at least it will be less wet than it’s been for the last 48 hours. We’ll see a dry morning with a chance of light sprinkles this afternoon. Tomorrow starts off dry, with sprinkles possible after noon. Sunday looks dry.
Gorge Wind Forecast
We’re starting off with decent cross-Cascade gradient this morning – .05(pdx-dls) and .08(dls-psc) – and that should give us some wind this morning. Expect 10-13 in the western Gorge and 22-25 out east by midday. I’m not sure it’s worth the drive, though, as models show the gradients diminishing by afternoon, for light-to-no wind after 2pm or so. Tomorrow brings easterlies at 15-18 and Sunday brings another round of fairly light east wind. As of right now, Monday looks like a big east wind day.
Road and Mountain Biking
I went jogging on Seven Streams yesterday, and saw tons of damage caused by people riding bikes on muddy trails. Remember, folks, our trails are maintained by volunteer time and volunteer donations. When you ride on muddy trails, you disrespect these hard-working volunteers and force them to spend time repairing rather than building. Spread the word!
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Events – email me if I’ve missed any outdoor-related events
I need you tomorrow for half the day. HRATS (me, in this case) is taking a crew to Columbia Hills State Park to put the finishing touches on a year-round-use 6.5 mile trail. I need about 12-20 folks. Please RSVP here so I can track how many people can help. Bring a bike, gloves, helmet, and eye protection. Thanks to Windance, New York City Subs, and Henni’s Restaurant for supporting this work party!
Tonight is the Warren Miller ski movie at the Skylight Theater, benefiting HRVMS. Both showings are all ages, and there’s a Meadows pass plus lots of other stuff in the raffle. Meadows will be there taking pass photos. Tonight is also dropoff time at the HRVHS ski swap: 6:30-8pm. The swap is Saturday.
Today through Sunday is the Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival. Day passes are $15 and a full festival pass is $35.
On Saturday, the Lobos Motorcycle Club out of Portland has a Poker Run on the motorized trails of Post Canyon.
Have an awesome day today!