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Random Morning Thoughts
I’m wondering if it’s safe to go to the grocery store today, or if people will still be circling the parking lot looking for parking spots, like vultures hovering over roadkill.
Mt. Hood Snow Forecast
There’s now a slight chance of some snow in our future. A small amount. Maybe.
Today looks sunny, with the free air freezing level (FAF) at 12,000′. Temps will be in the mid-40’s to low 50’s today. Wind will be light this morning, picking up to W 10-20 this afternoon. As an interesting side note, I checked the relative humidity values this morning. It’s 10-12% at 6600′. That’s incredibly dry.
On Friday, Mt. Hood starts off clear, but high clouds move in midday and light snow flurries (maybe mixed with rain) start around 4pm. The snow level will be >10,000′ early, 8000′ midday and 5500′ overnight. So, yeah, borderline for snow at Meadows/T-Line base. The GFS model shows .1-.2” of water value, but does seem to be overestimating water amounts lately. Anyway, let’s call it 1” of new snow, hopefully. Wind on Friday will be SW 20-25 in the morning, becoming W 35-40 in the afternoon.
Saturday looks partly cloudy. The FAF will be around 5000′. Wind will be NW 25 early, becoming N 15 in the afternoon. Sunday looks partly cloudy. The FAF will be 5500′ early and 8000′ in the afternoon with NW wind at 25-30.
Plain Old Local Weather
There’s a bit of a low cloud deck out there this morning, and it’s cold. I can’t tell you if the clouds will burn off today, but I can tell you temps will climb near 40° and the wind will be light. Tomorrow starts off below freezing again with another round of low clouds. As a weak system swings by to the north, we’ll see some of the cold, stagnant air get scoured out by a light westerly breeze. Expect temps to climb into the upper 40’s tomorrow with a chance of a few sprinkles late in the day. Saturday brings another round of inversion clouds with temps in the mid 40’s early and upper 40’s late.
Gorge Wind Forecast
Today will be an east wind day with 26-30 at Rooster and a bit less at Steven’s Locks. Tomorrow starts with east 15-18 and switches to W 13-15 late in the afternoon. Saturday starts with W 15-18 and fades to light wind in the afternoon.
Road and Mountain Biking
27 degrees this morning means the roads will likely have some frost. I’m racking my brain for ideas… if the inversion is 1000’ish, we want rides above that. Goldendale/Glenwood area? Up Dog? Surveyor’s?
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Events – email me if I’ve missed any outdoor-related events
Coming up on Saturday, it’s the Dirty Fingers holiday party, starting around 5pm. This should be debaucherous fun. Food, drinks, and costumes in the “week after Christmas at the North
Have an awesome day today!