Friday. 1/17. Gorge wind. Mt. Hood sun. Trail reports.

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 January 17, 2014

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Life’s difficult decisions: what do I want to cook in my office crockpot on Sunday? It’s a big decision, as I’ll be sharing the food with all my coworkers.

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

There is no precipitation in the forecast through the middle of next week, at least.

Today will be warm and sunny with a few high clouds over Mt. Hood. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be at 12,000′. Temps will rise to 50+ degrees. The wind will be light and variable.

Saturday starts off clear with the FAF at 12,000′. The FAF will drop to 10,000′ in the afternoon, and some high clouds will move in. Temps at 5000′ will be near 50 early, dropping a few degrees in the afternoon. Wind will be SW 15mph.

Sunday starts off with high overcast sky. The FAF will be 10,000 all day. Temps will be in the upper 40’s early, dropping to the low 40’s in the afternoon. Wind will be SW 20 in the morning and W 10 in the afternoon.

Coming up Monday, it’s Rotary Night at Meadows. At this point, it looks like Rotary Night will be clear and calm. It’s probably safe to buy a ticket in advance for $15. This supports a great cause – scholarships for awesome Gorge kids – so buy a ticket even if you aren’t going.

Gorge Weather

It’s so cold out there this morning that walking outside triggered my Reynaud’s. Now my fingers are turning white. The roads and cars are frosty, and the sky has a thin haze of high clouds. So, it’s going to be partly cloudy with filtered sun in the Gorge today. Expect temps to warm to 40 degrees. Tomorrow starts off in the upper 20’s, warming to the low 40’s, with increasing clouds. Sunday starts off with some high clouds, and it looks like we may see a bit of an inversion cloud too. Temps will be in the low 30’s early and upper 40’s in the afternoon.

Gorge Wind Forecast

There’s a stiff east breeze at Rooster this morning. The E .14 gradient will drive 35-45mph at Rooster today and 25-29 at Steven’s Locks. Tomorrow starts with E 26-30 at Rooster, fading to 17-21 in the afternoon. Sunday brings light wind, probably an E-switching-to-W scenario. Strong east wind returns Monday and Tuesday.

Road and Mountain Biking

As of yesterday afternoon, everything above the fence at Syncline was a muddy mess. With colder temps this morning, the freeze-thaw will be worse, so please don’t ride there or you’ll be doing major trail damage from bottom to top. As of yesterday afternoon, Post was frozen solid and riding great. The road riding was excellent yesterday too, if a bit chilly with the east wind. The higher you go, the warmer it will be.

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Not much happening today, but Meadows has a rail jam tomorrow night. And the Seahawks play on the TV screen at Dirty Fingers on Sunday. BBQ. Bring a dish to share. Skibowl is opening the Multorpor lift Saturday-Monday.

Also, please take these surveys. Five minutes of your time will help shape the future of Gorge trails. If nothing else, please do the Lyle survey. It’s very quick, and very important. Take the Lyle trail survey, assessing the needs for a NEW trail system in Lyle. This is very important. Please take 5 minutes to fill it out. Next, please fill out the slightly longer survey about cycling needs and usage in the Columbia Gorge.

Have an awesome day today!