Random Morning Thoughts
Remember the days when we all used to Pay it Forward by paying other folks’ bridge tolls? I’d like to remind you that the Port still has ticket books, so even if you have a BreezeBy, you can pick up one of these books and use it to pay for other folks at a discounted rate. It’s fun. Try it.
Mt. Hood Snow Forecast
From NOAA today: “THERE ARE SIGNS THAT THE WEATHER PATTERN THAT HAS DOMINATED THE WINTER SEASON TO THIS POINT WILL BE COMING TO AN END AS WE ROUND OUT THE LAST DAYS OF JANUARY…AND A MUCH MORE ZONAL FLOW LOOKS TO TAKE SHAPE ACROSS THE CONTINENTAL USA”
Something to note about this… Exactly the same thing was said a couple of weeks ago when the last set of storms moved into the PNW. If, and it’s a big if, if the long range models are correct about the high breaking down, we don’t know how long it will break down for. It could dissipate and leave us in stormy weather for three months, or it could dissipate and return in three days. I’d prefer the former, of course, because we need to build that snowpack. I wish my preferences mattered, because we’d have clear sky every day and a foot of new snow every night. Anyway, just something to keep in mind.
Today looks clear on Mt. Hood. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be 3000′ early, 4500′ midday and 5500′ in the evening. Wind will be NW 15 early, slowly swinging around to NE 20 in the afternoon.
Tomorrow looks clear. It’s hard to say exactly where the FAF will be – temps will be right around freezing form the surface up to 9,000′ to start the day. By 10am, temps will be above freezing up to 10,000′, with temps at 5000′ in the upper 30’s. Wind will be E 15-25 all day. Maybe more.
Friday looks clear. The FAF will be 12,000′ with temps at 5000′ around 40 degrees. Wind will be light and variable. The weekend looks sunny.
I just stepped outside. It’s cold out there. My feet are freezing. But I could see the moon, so that means there’s no inversion cloud. Just some high overcast. Enjoy the sunshine today. Temps are in the upper 20’s right now and will rise to the upper 30’s this afternoon. I suspect tomorrow will be clear. Temps tomorrow will be just below freezing early, rising to the upper 30’s in the afternoon. We’ll see another round of inverted temps on Friday, likely bringing some inversion clouds. Temps will be a couple degrees below freezing early and near 40 in the afternoon.
Gorge Wind Forecast
Apparently there was a gust to 115mph at Crown Point on Monday. I think that qualifies as “windy”.
Today will not be windy, especially not by that definition, as the gradient is sitting at E .01. It’ll increase a bit today, giving us easterlies at 13-15 this afternoon. Tomorrow sees easterlies at 40-50, and Friday brings east wind at 26-30+. Those speeds are for Rooster. Go somewhere else if you want less wind.
Road and Mountain Biking
The dirt was spectacular at Syncline yesterday, but it’s below freezing right now, so it’ll likely do some freeze-thaw action today. Apparently Post has been great, and Sandy, of course, is perfect.
The Clymb: free membership. Cheap gear. Temira approves. Click to join.
Events – email me if I’ve missed any outdoor-related events
There’s Karma Yoga tonight at Flow at 4pm (by donation). There’s ping pong at the Armory in Hood River at 6:30pm. At Andrew’s Pizza tonight, you can see the kiteboarding documentary “With a Kite”. Meet the athletes at 6:30. Show starts at 7pm.
Have an awesome day today!