Random Morning Thoughts
Gratitude Month, day 12: Today I am grateful for the Little Moab trail. I know, it seems inane, but I can be having the crappiest day in the world and one lap on that trail will make things a lot better.
Mt. Hood Snow Forecast
It’s starting to look like we’ll see some snow this weekend on Mt. Hood. In the meantime, we’ll see some sprinkles today – just .1-.2” of rain – under cloudy sky. The snow level today will be 8000′ all day, dropping to 7000′ overnight. Wind will be SW 20-30 all day, going to WSW 20 overnight.
Wednesday looks sunny on Mt. Hood with the free air freezing level (FAF) around 6500′, dropping to 5000′ midday and rising to 9000 overnight. Wind will be NW 20 early, 30 midday, and 20 overnight. No precip.
Thursday looks partly cloudy on Mt. Hood. The FAF starts at 6500′, dropping throughout the day and ending up at 2500′ in the evening. Wind will be NW 20-30 all day.
Looks like a stronger system will move in Friday night and Saturday morning. There’s 1-2” of water value with this system. It’s a little early to make a call on the snow level – models currently show 5500′, so it’s hard to tell this far out whether we’ll see snow, rain, or a mix. I think it’s likely we’ll see decent snowfall, at least above 6000′, but that doesn’t really help Meadows and Skibowl open up. So, let’s wait a day or two and see how things shake out in the models…
Plain Old Local Weather
It’s a cloudy start to the day, and I suspect it will stay that way today. Tomorrow is a tough call. It’ll be clear on the mountain, but here in the Gorge… well, let’s call it dry with a cloudy start and hope that the westerlies clear out the low clouds. Thursday looks partly cloudy. If the long-range models are correct, it’s going to get mighty chilly here Saturday night and Sunday morning, but that’s a long way out. And don’t panic. The models aren’t showing any moisture with the cold air incursion.
Gorge Wind Forecast
Apparently I was wrong yesterday. I said 35-45 at Rooster. It actually blew 40-50, keeping all but a couple people off the water. Today will be more accessible, but it will die off early. Expect 24-28 at Rooster this morning with 15-18 at Stevenson, but the wind will go to glassy by 2pm or so, becoming westerly overnight. Tomorrow starts with westerlies at 13-15, picking up to 15-18 near Hood River and 21-24 from Mosier to Maryhill. Thursday brings westerlies in the low twenties.
Road and Mountain Biking
As of yesterday, before it started raining, the dirt in Post Canyon was in great shape, according to multiple sources. In the “this is surprising” category, I have a report that 8-Mile, Knebal and Bottle Prairie are once again snow-free, as is the lower half of the 450 trail. Over in Washington, the dirt at Syncline is in perfect shape. This was all reported to me before this morning’s sprinkles, so take it with a gram of mud.
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Events – email me if I’ve missed any outdoor-related events
Tonight is Prime Rib night at Cebu Lounge. $12 gets you a slab of meat. Haven’t heard yet if the Cebu Lounge is doing a fundraiser for the island of Cebu… Coming up Friday night, it’s the Gala Fashion Show. And Friday through Sunday is Ski Fever in Portland.
Have an awesome day today!