Random Morning Thoughts
Gratitude Month, day 18: I know you guys are all tired of hearing about how I don’t like beer. Well, today I am grateful for not liking beer, for not caring much for wine, and for not having a desire to drink much. You folks drink for me, except on those rare occasions when I get a wild hair, have a drink, and am immediately wasted. I’ll eat all your chocolate while you drink all my beer.
Awesome Temira-approved Local Business
Hey Portland. Hey Hood River. Skip the cooking this Thanksgiving: ride or sail or ski all day and then head on down to Riverside for Thanksgiving dinner. They’ll take care of your dinner and clean up, with served plated dinners. Traditional turkey and trimmings, or vegetarian, prime rib, and salmon options. Serving 12-9pm. Reservations recommended. 541-386-4410. And as always, the best happy hour in the Gorge 4-6pm and $12 Prime Rib Tuesdays, Temira’s favorite.
Snow Rain Forecast
(insert long string of expletives)
There was a funny conversation on Facebook last night after Meadows posted a photo of the radar image and said it was snowing. Someone replied with “I hope Temira Lital is wrong about the forecast,” to which I replied, “Temira hopes she’s wrong too,” eliciting 8 likes. Temira giggled, because it amuses her to speak in the third person.
Sadly, Temira was not wrong, and it rained 2” at Meadows, Timberline and Skibowl last night, instead of snowing two feet. I was almost too irritated to look at the precip model this morning. Anyway, the snow level is theoretically 7500′ right now, but judging by the sleet on the Cascade cam, it’s higher. The snow level will drop to 6500′ by 10am and then plummet to 1500′ by 4pm. We’ll see .2-.5” water value (WV) today before this slow-moving system exits through the gift shop. Then we’ll see clear sky overnight, turning the rain-soaked snowpack into an ice skating rink. Wind today will be W 35 early, 40 midday, and WNW 35 in the afternoon, swinging to ENE overnight.
Wednesday starts off clear, with the free air freezing level (FAF) at 500′, falling to the surface in some areas during the day. Wind will be ENE 10 in the morning, becoming NE 20 midday.
It looks wicked cold, but clear, on Thursday, with the FAF at the surface early, rising to 500′ in the afternoon. Wind will be NE 15-20. The next chance of precipitation is nowhere to be seen on the models. Enjoy the sunshine.
Plain Old Local Weather
I’m making grumbling faces as I write this, although the grumble-causing weather should slide south before long. Expect cloudy, rainy conditions this morning. Then this afternoon, expect clearing skies and dropping temps.
Tomorrow, well, are we going to see the Nothing or clear sky? The sounding model suggests some low clouds tomorrow morning, followed by clear sky on Thursday as the air mass dries out. But. There’s a catch. It’s going to be frigid: Expect Gorge temps to hover right around freezing on Wednesday and to start off in the mid-twenties on Thursday, warming to the mid-thirties Thursday afternoon. And temps should warm up for the rest of the week. Two-day cold snap. Exciting. Fur coat is coming out for sure.
If you have sensitive plants living outside, bring them in today. It’s time.
Gorge Wind Forecast
Today may be starting off gloomy and wet, but it’s also starting off with .04/.05 gradients. As this front passes this afternoon (and temps drop 10-15 degrees), we’ll see westerlies pick up to 15-18 near Hood River with 23-26 east of Mosier. If you’d like to die of hypothermia, you can sail sub-freezing east wind on Wednesday and Thursday, or you can hold out for warmer easterlies later in the week. I’m refusing to post wind speed predictions for those sub-freezing days.
Road and Mountain Biking
OMG the Syncline was perfect yesterday. I am sure it is wet now, but wow. I’m going to get through today on the memories of yesterday.
The Clymb: free membership. Cheap gear. Temira approves. Click to join.
Events – email me if I’ve missed any outdoor-related events
You want meat? We got meat. $12 Prime Rib at Cebu tonight. Those folks were so pleased with my hunk-of-meat pushing that they hired me to push their other meats. This amuses me. But joking aside, I really do love hanging out there. The food is good, the atmosphere is good, and they have couches. There’s something lovely about sitting on couches and eating, maybe because it feels like breaking the rules?
If you prefer to exercise tonight, there’s pickup rugby at Collins Field in Hood River (across from Jackson Park) at 5:30pm. Or you could exercise and then go eat meat.
Coming up tomorrow night, it’s the last night of Kayak Polo, unless you kayak folks pull your wallets out and start kicking down some cash. Also tomorrow, there’s free/donation Karma Yoga at 4pm at Flow.
Have an awesome day today!