1/1/2014. Happy New Year! Gorge wind, incoming precipitation, and … where’s the Polar Bear Swim, anyway?

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 January 1, 2014

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
New Year’s Day

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

Someone pointed out to me yesterday that when I’m depressed about the weather and the consequences of the weather, I make other people depressed. There are two things going on here: one, I love skiing fresh snow, and I love riding bikes, and neither of those has been consistently available lately. That bums me out. But more importantly, I’m worried about how this lack of snow could affect my job (that I love) and the jobs of my friends (who I care about). So, I owe all of you apology. I’m sorry for making you sad. My resolution this year is to be more positive, and not let my worries about the dry weather’s effects come out in a negative way in the forecast. But don’t worry. The forecast will still as brutally accurate as I can make it!

Ok. On to happier things. Today looks like a beautiful, sunny day on Mt. Hood, and if we can’t have snow, we’ll take sun! High clouds will move in overnight. The free air freezing level will be 8000′ this morning, rising to 9000′ in the afternoon Wind will be under 10mph from various directions today.

Tomorrow may start off with a few sprinkles, but most likely it will just be cloudy. The real rain starts sometime between 7pm and 10pm, becoming heavy for a few hours, and eventually switching to snow flurries Friday morning. The snow level will be 9000′ early and 8000′ in the afternoon, falling to 6500′ around 1am. Between 7pm Thursday and 4am Friday, we’ll see about 1” water value (WV), falling mostly as rain, but possibly giving us 1” of new snow at 5000′ and 1-3” at higher elevations. Wind on Thursday will start at W 15, rising to W 30 by 1pm and W 50 by 1am.

Friday starts off partly cloudy with flurries and strong wind, becoming clear and sunny before lifts start running. The FAF will be 2500′ in the morning, falling a bit during the day. No snow accumulation. Wind will be W 50 early, WNW 45 by 7am, and will slowly drop to WNW 30 in the afternoon.

Saturday looks sunny with light north wind and the FAF at 5500.

Gorge Weather

It seems to be partly cloudy or high overcast at my house this morning, and I’ll take that, because it means we’ll see sunshine in the Gorge today! Expect the temp to be just below freezing this morning, rising to 40ish this afternoon under high clouds. Tomorrow starts off sub-freezing and partly cloudy, and becomes cloudy with temps in the mid-40’s in the afternoon. It will rain overnight Thursday into Friday. Friday looks partly cloudy in the western Gorge and clear out east with temps in the mid-40’s.

Gorge Wind Forecast

There’s not much gradient this morning, but models insist we’ll see easterlies at 26-30 by this afternoon. Tomorrow starts with easterlies at 24-28, but those easterlies fade to nothing in the afternoon. On Friday, due to a timing error on the part of Mother Nature, we’ll see west wind at 28-32 early in the morning, quickly fading to W 18-23 in the afternoon through the whole Gorge.

Road and Mountain Biking

There’s a group ride meeting at Petersburg School in The Dalles at 10am today. Moderate to fast pace, I’d guess.

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Join the Hood River Running Club, a new FB group for runners. And joggers. Like me.

Other than that, I have no idea what’s going on. Doesn’t anyone do a Polar Bear Swim around here?

Have an awesome day today!