1/23. It’s Thursday. Do you know where your tiny sail or mini kite is hiding? Gorge wind. Mt. Hood sun. Grass Widows.

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 January 23, 2014

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Random Morning Thoughts

You know you’re ready to get out of bed when you roll over at 5:30 and the first words out of your mouth are, “Coffee sounds really good.” Yes, I am addicted to coffee. The taste, the smell, the whipping cream that goes in it, and of course, the caffeine. One of the few legal performance-enhancing drugs. I need that help, because my hematacrit is only 42.2 and I’m going to pass on EPO. =)

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

Today will be a sunny east wind day on Mt. Hood, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a few wispy pretty clouds form around the mountaintop due to the extra-strong east wind, currently gusting over 70mph at 8500′. As of 6am, there was a thin layer of above-freezing air around 5000′, with everything above and below sub-freezing. Expect the free air freezing level (FAF) to climb to 11,000′ this afternoon with temps at 5000′ around 40. Northeast wind will be around 30mph at 5000′, holding all day.

Friday looks sunny on Mt. Hood. The FAF will be around 11,000′ all day with temps at 5000′ around 40 in the morning and in the mid to upper 40’s in the afternoon. Models are insisting on light and variable (LTV) wind. I’m going to go against the models and say I think we’ll see some easterlies at 15-20, possibly stronger.

Saturday looks sunny with the FAF at 11,000′ early, dropping to 10,000′ in the afternoon with LTV wind. Temps at 5000′ will be nearing bikini temps, with mid-40’s early and low 50’s possible in the afternoon. Sunday looks similar.

The long range forecast shows a weak system swinging over the NW Tuesday into Wednesday, but at this point, it looks above freezing (unfortunately) with light precip (fortunately). After that, models diverge, with the GFS showing weak ridging and the ECMWF showing an arctic cold front. If nothing else, models do converge on temps slowly dropping over the next 10 days.

Gorge Weather

Apparently it’s spring. Why do I say this? Because I saw a photo today of Grass Widows at Catherine Creek. Yep. Already.

As for this morning, it doesn’t feel springlike. My feet are freezing from walking outside. And it’s cloudy. So call today another day of inversion clouds with temps in the low 30’s early and upper 30’s late. Tomorrow and Saturday look like repeats of today.

Gorge Wind Forecast

It’s another windy one at Rooster this morning: 43mph with the support of an E .23 gradient. That’s enough for 30+ at Steven’s Locks too. I’m sure Trudy and crew will be out causing trouble in the freezing cold wind. That wind will stick around tomorrow for another round of 40-50 at Rooster and 30-something at Stevenson. Saturday starts off with 30-35ish at Rooster and backs off to 15-18 in the afternoon. Less wind at Stevenson, of course.

Road and Mountain Biking

It’s currently 27 degrees, which means Syncline is not a good choice today due to possible freeze-thaw. Post before 1pm. Gorge 400. Freezing cold road ride, preferably not in the western Gorge where the wind is forecast to gust into the 60’s.

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Events – email me if I’ve missed any outdoor-related events

There’s rugby tonight at Henkle Middle school at 3:30. Patty B. is meeting runners at the Event Site at 6:15pm. That’s it for today, as far as I know.

Have an awesome day today!