Random Morning Thoughts
Let’s go back to those purple sweet potatoes that Rosauers is now stocking. I need you guys to buy those sweet potatoes. Why? Because they have a short shelf life, and I want Rosauers to continue stocking them. So we have to make sure the stock rotates quickly. Buy some. They are truly delicious. If there’s one thing I wish I could grow in my garden it would be those purple potatoes.
Mt. Hood Snow Forecast
Person after person keeps sending me long-range forecasts and asking if they are correct. I understand your desperation, folks. I understand that you want to ski powder, that you are worried about river levels this summer. I see that you’re concerned about drought. This dry winter has all sorts of bad ramifications for so many of us.
Unfortunately, long-range models just don’t work. As a matter of fact, long-range models generally do WORSE than climatology (just taking the historical average for a given day and using it as a forecast). So, if you’re looking at a forecast beyond 7 days, you are looking at computer-generated fiction, for the most part.
Now. Today’s forecast: Clear and sunny to start, becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon with a chance of a few sprinkles or mist or maybe a few flurries overnight. No accumulation. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be 11,000′ early and 9000′ in the afternoon, dropping to 5500′ by Wednesday morning. Temps at 5000′ will be in the mid 40’s all day. Wind will be W 10 early and W 25 in the afternoon.
Wednesday starts off partly cloudy, becoming clear. The FAF will be 5500′ early, 6000′ mid-morning and 7000′ in the afternoon and evening, giving us temps in the mid 30’s at 5000′. Wind will be NW 20 early, N 20 midday and NE 20 in the afternoon.
Thursday will be partly cloudy early, becoming clear, although we may see some orographic clouds from the strong easterlies. We’ll see a bit of an interesting temp setup, with the temps just above freezing up to 8000′ early, rising to just-above-freezing up to 11,000′ late. Wind will be NE 15 early, becoming E 30 by mid-morning.
Friday will be clear with the FAF at 12,000′ with temps at 5000′ TBD. Wind will be E 25. No precip through the weekend.
I just went outside barefoot, wearing short-shorts and a sweater. It’s not warm enough for that outfit. Not even close. And it’s cloudy. Ugh. Enjoy the Nothing today. Temps will be in the mid to upper 30’s with east wind. I’m going running.
It looks like the inversion will break tomorrow. We’ll see temps in the mid-30’s early and upper 40’s late with partly cloudy sky and light west wind.
We might get lucky on Thursday and see sunshine as the inversion rebuilds. But it will return. Yes, it will.
Gorge Wind Forecast
It’s nuking. Again. 53 mph at Rooster today. The gradient is currently E .22. But that gradient and that east wind will fade this afternoon, dropping to 17-21 or so by 4pm. Tomorrow kicks off with light easterlies, picking up to west 15-18 in the afternoon. Thursday starts off with light east wind, rising to E 40 in the afternoon. Friday looks nuclear.
Road and Mountain Biking
Wow. The dirt on the lower half of Syncline wasn’t just perfect yesterday. It was world-class. The frigid east wind didn’t really contribute, but it was easy to ignore when the dirt was tacky and the rocks were grippy. I imagine it’s not so great up higher, but down low, on the Maui-Moab circuit, it was great. And Sandy, of course, if you go there you will be happy. On the pavement today, expect chilly easterlies. That will make road riding even colder than usual.
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Events – email me if I’ve missed any outdoor-related events
Senator Jeff Merkley has a town hall at the Hood River library at 9am today. I just found this out yesterday. He’s my hero. Unfortunately, I have an appointment at 8:45. There’s $12 Prime Rib at Cebu tonight from 5pm-9pm. There’s pickup rugby at 5:30pm at Waterfront Park. There’s kayak polo at 8pm at the Hood River Pool. Coming up tomorrow night, the kiteboarding documentary “With a Kite” plays at Skylight Theater at 7pm.
Have an awesome day today!