1/15 Gorge sun, Mt. Hood heat wave and biking season

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 January 15, 2013

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

Just a friendly reminder from my friends at Hood River Rotary: January 21st is the annual Rotary Ski Night at Meadows. Tickets for skiing from 3-9pm are just $10 in advance, $15 at the gate. You can purchase advance tickets now and support a great cause, whether you plan on going or not.

Oh wow. It was 50 degrees at Meadows when I started work around 4am this morning. The temp up there is fluctuating wildly, but here’s the really important thing: It’s above freezing in the Gorge, even at river level, where it’s 33 degrees. And… the 4k temp model for the Gorge is suggesting that even the inversion-prone Gorge will warm up into the toasty 40’s this week, maybe even warmer! Looks like mountain and road biking seasons are ON! Cyclists, please wipe the s**t-eating grin off your face. You are making the powderhounds sad.

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Today’s Gorge weather brings west wind at 15-18 in the morning, fading as the day goes on. No, I did not see any windsurfers or kiters yesterday, but it was blowing 30 at the Hatchery and also at Wind Mountain when I drove past on my way to ride a bike. It looks like the wind will back off the next few days, likely becoming light east tomorrow and light west on Thursday and Friday.

Up on Mt. Hood, it’s just plain hot. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be 11,000′ today, with temps at 5000′ around 50°. Wind will be N 20-30 early, dropping to 10-20 in the afternoon.

Wednesday looks warm and dry on Mt. Hood, with temps at 5000′ around 50°. The FAF will be at 11,000′. Wind will be N 20 early, becoming N 10-15 in the afternoon.

On Thursday, the ridge of high pressure moves inland. The FAF will still be at 11,000′ or so, but temps at 5000′ will rise to the mid-fifties. Wind will swing around to the west at 15mph. You can repeat this forecast ad infinitum.

Have an awesome day today!