Random Morning Thoughts
Yeah, Seahawks. Wish I could have watched the game, but I was watching powder fall from the sky.
Mt. Hood Snow Forecast
I was totally right about last night’s Meadows After Dark being the best ever – I know, because I saw it on the Meadows website this morning. Oh. Wait. I wrote that. Easy to be right when you’re the judge, juror, and the accused party. =)
I’m really struggling with today’s forecast. It’s quite cold at the resorts this morning, in the mid-20’s, and the snow level is under 3000′, but temps are rising. A warm front is coming in today, and the models are suggesting the snow level will rise to 5500′ after 10am, rising to 8000′ after 7pm. Borderline for the day shift. And a very tough call with 1-1.5” of moisture in the system.
It’s going to rain at (newly-opened) HRM base. I think I can safely say that. And the snow falling from the sky is already getting heavier as the warm air moves over the top of us. Argh. I’m going with mixed rain and snow at 5000′ after noon. Or at best, wet snow. So, call it 3-4” of new at 5500′ and 5-9” at 6600′ through 7pm. Tonight: rain sprinkles, with .1-.2” WV. And wind: W 35 early, rising to WNW 50 at 10am, holding all day, and rising to WNW 60 overnight.
Forecasting is hard sometimes. Heart-wrenching.
Monday looks partly cloudy in the morning, becoming clear. The free air freezing level will be 8000′ for much of the day, with temps in the mid-30’s at 5000′. Wind will be WNW 50 early, becoming NW 55 around 10am and fading to NW 45 in the afternoon. Tuesday looks clear and warm with the FAF at 10,000′ and west wind at 20mph. At this point, it looks like the weather will stay dry through Friday.
The wet and windy weather continues in the Gorge today. Expect rain showers all morning, tapering off after 4pm. Temps will be in the mid-40’s this morning and upper 40’s in the afternoon with strong west wind. We’ll see moderate west wind tomorrow, fading in the afternoon, under partly cloudy sky. Tuesday’s models seem to think the air will be dry enough for clear sky, but I’d be really surprised if we don’t end up with an inversion cloud. At this point, it looks like temps will be in the upper 30’s early and the upper 40’s in the afternoon. The rest of the week, through Friday, looks dry.
Gorge Wind Forecast
Gradients are at .12/.12 this morning, enough for gusty 25-30 at various locations. As a warm front pushes in mid-morning, we’ll see the wind pick up to gusty 27-33 first near Hood River and then filling in out east. Monday starts with 23-26+, but fades as the day goes on, becoming light in the afternoon. Tuesday looks light. My… it’s been a very windy winter so far.
Road and Mountain Biking
Trainer time? Or repeats on State Road in Mosier? Or… Suggestions?
The Clymb: free membership. Cheap gear. Temira approves. Click to join.
Events – email me if I’ve missed any outdoor-related events
There’s ping pong at the armory at 3pm and (wind-affected) rugby at 3pm at Mosier School.
Have an awesome day today!