Random Morning Thoughts
Yesterday I ran into my anesthesiologist at the top of Cascade and was picked up hitchhiking by my therapist’s former boss. I find this very amusing. #smalltownliving #itsasmallworld
Mt. Hood Snow Forecast
I am sorry to report that I don’t have any snow to report. But today will be another sunny, amazing day on Mt. Hood. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be 10,000 all day. Temps at 5000′ will be in the mid-40’s. Wind will be NW 10 all day.
Tomorrow starts off clear and cooler, with temps in the mid-30’s between 5000′ and 9000′ and below freezing both above and below those elevations. High clouds move in early in the afternoon, and thicken and lower as the day goes on. Wind will be W 10mph.
Precipitation starts just after midnight (or maybe a bit later) on Tuesday morning. At this point, temps will be above freezing between 4000′ and 6500′. This above-freezing band will fluctuate a bit during the day, but this means we’re likely to see rain and freezing rain on the hill, rather than snow. We’ll see about .5” water value (WV) between 1am and 4pm. After 4pm, the inversion will break, the snow level will fall to 5500, and the precip will taper off. If we’re lucky, we’ll see an inch or two at 5500′ after 4pm, but at this point I’m not envisioning luck on our side. Wind on Tuesday will be S 20 early, SW 30 midday and W 40 in the evening.
Another storm system moves through Wednesday, but at this point it looks like it will be too far south of us to bring much in the way of precip, and that’s probably a good thing as temps look a bit on the warm side.
As if the dreaded Nothing cloud wasn’t bad enough, when I got on the bus this morning it was 31 degrees and SNOWING in Hood River and clear on Mt. Hood. I called NOAA and filed a complaint. No, really. I did. The models swear this crap will dissipate today, but I’m not so sure. I think it’s going to stay gloomy, and I think the temp will only rise to the upper 30’s.
Tomorrow looks similar, minus the snow. Or maybe it’ll snow again. Things get a lot more interesting in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, when it’ll be below freezing in the Gorge and above freezing on the mountain. Expect precip to start as a mix of sleet and snow between 1am and 7am, switching to freezing drizzle, maybe .1-.2” worth. Temps in the HR and Upper Valley areas won’t warm above freezing until midday, at the earliest, so expect slick roads. By late Tuesday evening, we’ll be back to just-rain.
Gorge Wind Forecast
It’s windy again – 11mph at Stevenson with 42mph at Rooster. With a E .13 gradient this morning, you can expect Steven’s Locks to climb to 26-30. The wind should hold at Rooster all day today. An upper low swings off the coast tomorrow, causing gradients to climb, giving us 40-50 at Rooster and 30-40 at Steven’s Locks. Expect 30-35 out of the east on Tuesday.
Road and Mountain Biking
So much for road biking – the roads are icy now with this ridiculous snow falling from the sky. This makes me think we should all be riding the Cooper Spur Loop. Sure, there’s gravel on the road, but it’s probably above freezing up there!
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 Hood River Armory at 3pm and there’s pickup rugby at 3pm at Mosier School. And now… Let’s talk more about the aPorkalypse on February 7th. It’s all about bacon, and it benefits a worthy cause., Helping Hands. We need people to cook bacon appetizers, we need people to eat bacon appetizers, and we need people to write bacon poetry. So, mark the date on your calendar, and prepare to eat bacon. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets.
Have an awesome day today!