Random Morning Thoughts
I think I’ve had enough of the Nothing for one winter, thank you. Let’s have some freakin’ weather already!
Mt. Hood Snow Forecast
More sun on Mt. Hood today. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be 11,000′ early and 10,000′ in the afternoon. Temps at 5000′ will be in the upper 30’s early, rising to the upper 40’s this afternoon. Wind will be E 20mph all day.
Saturday looks sunny. The FAF will be 10,000′ all day, and temps at 5000′ will be in the mid 40’s early and near 50 in the afternoon. Wind will be W 10-15.
Sunday will likely be sunny, but might have a few high clouds. The FAF will be 10,000′ early and 9000′ in the afternoon with temps at 5000′ in the mid-40’s. Wind will be WNW 10mph.
Things get more interesting midday Monday as a weather system moves in. This is a complicated one, with a couple things happening. Cold air will be moving in from the northeast while a warmer system slides in from the coast. I’m not going to try and predict this until we get a little closer. There’s a lot happening, and the timing of these two events will be key.
My gut instinct says freezing rain, despite the sounding model predicting below-freezing temps from 500′ on up. But we are way too far out to be doing anything more than speculating. Suffice it to say that this looks interesting from a meteorologist’s perspective. And I really only speculate this far out so you folks can make fun of me 4 days from now when it snows a foot. =)
It’s another Nothing day in the Gorge today. I went to Portland yesterday, and there was this bright thing in the sky. It hurt my eyes to look at it. And the sky was this weird color… blue… As a matter of fact, all that stuff was happening just 15 miles west of Hood River in Cascade Locks. Blue sky. Sunshine. What the hell? What did we do to deserve this gray blanket between us and the real weather?
Anyway, today will be grey. Temps will be in the mid-30’s early, climbing to 40ish in the afternoon. Tomorrow likely starts off colder and just as grey, warming up to 40ish. Sunday brings a better chance of sunshine in the central Gorge, as the east gradient lessens. If models are right, temps will warm up to 50 degrees Sunday afternoon. I’m not holding my breath for that.
Gorge Wind Forecast
Today is the nukingest of nuking days we’ve seen in quite a while. I just looked at the iWindsurf, and it was averaging 38 at Steven’s Locks and 62 at Rooster’s Rocks. That’s windy. Too windy even for Trudy or Larry or me. The gradient, in case you were wondering, is E .32. The nuking wind will continue all day today. Tomorrow starts with easterlies at 30-40 at Rooster, fading to 17-20 in the afternoon. Knock off a few mphs for Steven’s Locks. Sunday brings light and variable wind of some sort.
Road and Mountain Biking
I’m going to recommend you do not ride your bike to Crown Point today. I know. You’re astounded at my wisdom. Pretty much anywhere you ride today will have some level of east wind, so if you’re riding in the central Gorge, do it early before the afternoon easterlies pick up.
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Events – email me if I’ve missed any outdoor-related events
There’s nothing going on today, unless I missed something, but tomorrow is the Cold Lap cross ride at Dirty Fingers at 3pm.
Have an awesome day today!