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Remember those thunderstorms we were talking about yesterday? They didn’t hit Hood River, but they did hit the desert, with the storm tracker reporting up to 3” diameter hail. WTF?!?! I almost went storm chasing… after all, my totaled car can easily handle a few more dents, and it would make a great story. Next time…
Your Mt. Hood forecast today includes occasional light sprinkles in the morning and the evening with sunshine in between, the freezing level at 11,000′ this morning and 10k this afternoon and SW wind at 20-30. Total precip today, and overnight tonight will be .1-.2”.
Tomorrow starts off with the freezing level at 8000′, rising to 9000′, with on-and-off sprinkles during the day, becoming heavy rain overnight and snow by Thursday morning. Models aren’t really in agreement on precip values, but let’s say .5-.7” rain by Thursday morning.
On Thursday morning, the snow level falls from 6000′ at 5am to 3000′ at 11am, giving us 2-3” of new snow by 5pm. Wind will be SW 30-35 on Thursday. On Friday, the freezing level falls to 1500′. With clear skies possible Thursday night into Friday, we might be looking at a frosty night in Odell and Parkdale.
For those of you who don’t have ski passes, Meadows has $25 tickets this week, Mon-Fri. Coming up Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Skibowl is offering free skiing and tubing to military, fire, police and medical field employees. Family members of those people get half off on tickets too. Sweet.
If you want to play wind sports today, your chance is this morning, when we’ll have 17-21 from Hood River to The Dalles. However, as a low pressure system approaches the coast in the afternoon, the wind will back off. Tomorrow brings east wind at 15-18. Thursday brings a better chance of stronger wind, but it’s a bit early to make a call. At this point, it looks like we’ll have gusty 15-18 near Hood River with 23-26 east of The Dalles.
In outdoor sports events, there’s the Kayak Shed’s shop paddle on Wednesday night, along with the second sailboat race of the spring series at the Hood River Yacht club. For less exercise, come check out the bike documentary Pedal Drive at Springhouse Cellars on Thursday night. This is a fundraiser for the local trails, so all you moto people, horse people, and mountain bikers should be there.
Coming up next weekend, the Bear Springs Trap mountain bike race and a hiking and biking trail work party at Syncline on Saturday and Sunday. This work party is hosted by Washington Trails Association.
Have a great day today!
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