Random Morning Thoughts
So, yeah. In case you hadn’t heard, my birthday is Wednesday. No presents or food, please, but if you want to send a note telling me why we’re friends, my PO Box is 841 in Hood River, 97031. =)
Mt. Hood Snow Forecast
It’s about time there was some Mt. Hood snow in the Mt. Hood snow forecast. Today starts off sunny. High clouds move in this afternoon, and precip starts around 7pm. The free air freezing level will be 12,000′ early, 11,000′ around 1pm and 6200′ around 7pm. That’s a touch high, leading me to believe tonight’s precip will come in as mixed rain and snow. It’s only .1-.2” water value (WV), but still, I’d rather have 1-2” of snow than mixed precip. Wind today will be SW 15-20 most of the day, going to W 10 in the evening.
Tuesday starts off with a few flurries or some mist. The snow level will be 6000′ early, slowly dropping to 4500′ by 1pm and staying there overnight. We’ll see some snow move in starting around 1pm, for .4” WV by Wednesday morning, for 3-5” of new snow. Wind will be W 20 early, SW 25 midday and W 30 in the evening.
Wednesday (my birthday) starts with new snow on the ground and flurries in the air. Heavier snowfall moves in during the afternoon. The snow level will be 4500′ early, dropping to 3000′ (yay for Skibowl) in the afternoon and falling to 1500′ by Thursday morning. We’ll see .3-.6” WV between 11am and 4pm, for 3-6” of snow, and then we’ll see another .4” overnight. That overnight dose might end up mixed rain and snow, but it’s really hard to tell at this point. Wind on Wednesday (my birthday) will be W 25 early, SW 40ish midday and W 45 in the evening.
Thursday will likely bring more snow, but the system headed our way for Friday/Saturday currently looks way too warm and wet for my liking, so let’s hold off on talking about that for now. (Temira sticks head in the ground like an ostrich)
Weather check: butt-chilling cold and no stars. Guess we have an inversion cloud this morning. By the time that burns off, we’ll probably see high clouds moving in from the next system. The air is quite dry, and tonight’s precip is going to have a hard time making it to the ground, but I suspect we’re going to see a few flakes followed by a bit of sleet followed by a touch of freezing rain overnight tonight.
So, cloudy today, maybe some sun before the high clouds move in, then crappy frozen precip tonight. Temps will hover around freezing today. The cold air gets scoured out tomorrow, and we’ll see a few rain showers. Temps tomorrow will be around 32 early, rising to 40 in the afternoon. Expect a dry start Wednesday (my birthday), followed by rain. Temps will be near 40 early and 50 in the afternoon.
Gorge Wind Forecast
It is definitely nuking this morning. The gradient is E .26, and it’s averaging 32 at Steven’s Locks and 45 at Rooster’s Rocks. Those easterlies will slowly fade today, leaving us with easterlies at 22-25 at sunset. Tomorrow starts off with east wind at 15-18, fading during the day. On Wednesday, expect a light start followed by eastern Gorge westerlies at 26-30 just before sunset.
Road and Mountain Biking
My favorite biking partner has a bike now. That makes me happy. I think I’ll go ride Gorge 400 today. Syncline is going to be freeze-thaw, so don’t do it. Post will go freeze-thaw before noon, so ride it early if you want it. And the roads, well, I hope they are less icy than they were yesterday. Gravel roads are always a good way to go when everything else is icy.
The Clymb: free membership. Cheap gear. Temira approves. Click to join.
Events – email me if I’ve missed any outdoor-related events
Shortt Supply hosts a lecture tonight on running nutrition 101. Speaking of nutrition, don’t forget about the Jambalayoff Jambalaya contest at Dirty Fingers at 5:30 Monday in conjunction with the BCS bowl game. (whatever that is – if there aren’t Seahawks involved, I don’t care about men tossing pigskin. Women tossing pigskin? Now, that’d be cool!) Tomorrow night is Kayak Polo at the Hood River Pool at 8pm.
Have an awesome day today!