Monday. 2/24. Gorge nuking wind. Gorge maybe freezing rain or maybe not. Mt. Hood split flow.

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Temira
Date
 February 24, 2014
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Random Morning Thoughts

My right brain and left brain had an argument at 4:40am over my morning work. I was frozen for about 5 minutes while they duked it out. Exhausted left brain capitulated. Emotional and triumphant right brain celebrated. And wrote.

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

There’s not much going on for Mt. Hood over the next few days. It’s drizzling up there this morning, and the orographic drizzle will continue today, with the snow level around 8000′, increasing to widespread drizzle for a few hours after 1pm. We’ll see .1-.3” water value (WV) by Tuesday morning. Wind today will be WSW 30ish early, becoming W 25 in the afternoon.

Tuesday looks partly cloudy during the day, becoming clear overnight. The free air freezing level will be around 9000′ with 5000′ temps in the low 40’s. Wind will be S 10-15.

Wednesday starts partly cloudy and becomes more cloudy in the afternoon. The free air freezing level will be 8000-9000′. The wind will be S 15-20.

At this point, it looks like the snow level on Thursday will be 5500-6000′ or so with some light flurries or drizzle and light wind. But again, that’s a ways out. And further out, there’s not much to see either, as we enter a split flow regime with AK and CA getting the moisture while Mt. Hood stays relatively dry.

Gorge Wind

Here comes another round of nuking east wind, continuing the “Windiest Winter Ever” label for 2013/2014. Easterlies at 28-32 this morning at Rooster rise to 40-50 this afternoon. Expect 50-60 Tuesday morning, dropping to a measly 40-50 Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday starts at E 30-40, dropping to the upper teens in the afternoon.

Gorge Weather

The cold air is taking its sweet time filtering in from the east side, so we’re still above freezing with no freezing rain or snow this morning. Boring. But, the temp has dropped 3 degrees in the last 90 minutes, so that’s exciting. But I want snow and freezing rain. It makes me feel better about tearing up the roads with my Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7 studded tires.

Anyway, we’ll see temps start in the low 40’s today and steadily drop, hitting the upper 20’s tonight. The morning looks dry, but we’ll see a trace of freezing rain (if it gets cold enough) or rain (if it doesn’t) after 1pm, ending in the wee hours of Tuesday. Tuesday starts with temps in the upper 20’s, rising to the low 30’s in the afternoon with low clouds. Wednesday starts with temps in the upper 20’s to low 30’s, rising to the upper 30’s in the afternoon, maybe, depending on what the cold pool does. We’ll probably see low clouds to start the day Wednesday with some sunbreaks in the afternoon.

There’s not much precip in the forecast, as we’re moving into a split flow pattern, but if the long range models are correct, we’re in for some very chilly temps next weekend. That’d be quite late in the winter for such silliness, but silliness is fun, so I’m all for it.

Road and Mountain Biking

Wow. Syncline really got hammered by all that rain we had the last couple of weeks. It’s not all that muddy, but the doubletrack is eroded like crazy from the inches and inches of running water. Bummer. And that is why trails are outsloped 5-10 degrees. Moab is riding great, and so is Maui. I’m sure the Petersburg Loop will be lovely today, if you hit it before the afternoon eastern Gorge easterlies bring in wind and colder air.


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Have an awesome day today!

Temira