Random Morning Thoughts
Gratitude Month, day 9: Today I am grateful to the mountain bike community for making me feel loved and supported through their choice of me as HRATS secretary. Thanks, people. You have no idea how much that meant to me.
Mt. Hood Snow Forecast
Not in the near future… Today sees the free air freezing level (FAF) at 4000′ early, rising to 8000′ in the afternoon. Wind will be light this morning, picking up to SW 15 by midday. A few sprinkles are possible this afternoon. Tomorrow sees the FAF at 9000′ early, rising to 10,000′ in the afternoon with SW wind at 20-25 all day. On Monday, the FAF starts at 10,000′ and rises to 12,000′, with SW wind at 15 early, swinging to S at 10-20 later on. Looks like the freezing level will stay above the ski resort bases through Tuesday.
Plain Old Local Weather
Looks like we’ll see clouds with a few scattered sunbreaks for the next few days. There’s a slight chance of some sprinkles late today, but other than that, we should stay dry and relatively mild through Tuesday morning.
Gorge Wind Forecast
There’s no west wind in our near future, but there are some easterlies for those so inclined. We’ll see a slow increase to E 15-18 today. Tomorrow sees a little disagreement in the models, but I expect we’ll get 20-23 at Stevenson and 24-28 at Rooster Rock. Easterlies ramp way up on Monday for 25-29 at Stevenson and 30-35 at Rooster Rock.
Road and Mountain Biking
The pavement was dry yesterday evening, and that means it’s probably dry today. I rode in Odell around 2pm yesterday, and the light was amazing. With the sun so low, magic hour becomes hours long. Golden light shining on golden leaves across the whole valley… so beautiful. Even if you’re not a road biker, it’s worth taking a lap on the road today.
The Clymb: free membership. Cheap gear. Temira approves. Click to join.
Events – email me if I’ve missed any outdoor-related events
Join the HRATS (and me) this morning for a work party at Columbia Hills State Park. Sure, it’s a drive, but it’ll be worth it. Help us today, and you’ll be among the first to ride this new trail. And… you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you helped open it! Meet at 10 Speed at 8:30am or at Crawford Oaks trailhead (MP 88ish Highway 14) around 9:30.
Also today, it’s the HRVHS ski swap from 9-3, unless you buy early bird tickets for $25, in which case it starts earlier. Going on all day today, you can see great films at the Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival at Columbia Center for the Arts. Coming up tomorrow, Portland moto club LOBOS has a poker run ride thing in Post Canyon. And also tomorrow, the Seahawks play at 10am.
Have an awesome day today!