Friday. 1/3. Mt. Hood sunshine, Gorge wind, and the Jambalayoff.

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 January 3, 2014

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Random Morning Thoughts

My thoughts are not so random today, but they are also not thoughts I can share with thousands of people. May your thoughts be happier than mine. Have a nice day.

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

Well hooray! Mt. Hood got a couple inches of new snow last night. Today will be clear on the hill with the free air freezing level (FAF) dropping from 4500′ early to 1500′ by 1pm and 500′ in the evening. Wind will be NW 35 early, NW 30 midday and N 20 in the evening.

Tomorrow looks clear on Mt. Hood with temps at 5000′ around 20 degrees and the FAF at the surface in the morning. The air will slowly rise during the day, with the FAF eventually climbing to 5500′. Wind will be NE 20 early and NNE 10 in the afternoon.

Sunday looks clear and warmer with the FAF at 8000′ and temps at 5000′ in the mid-30’s early and near 40 degrees late.

Looking ahead to next week, there are a couple of systems moving in on the extended model runs. Unfortunately, as has been the case this year, the amount of moisture seems to be decreasing daily. So, we’ll see some flurries or sprinkles with a system late Monday, followed by snow showers on Tuesday.

And finally, a happy bit of news for everyone: The Mt. Hood Meadows telemetry readings are back online!

Gorge Weather

When it’s cold out, I really don’t like this part. This is when I leave my warm house to look at the sky and see if it’s cloudy. (completes said task) Oh. I don’t know what I got so worked up about this morning. It’s actually pretty warm out there, and it’s partly cloudy. Expect partly cloudy weather today with highs in the low 40’s with west wind. Tomorrow starts off a few degrees below freezing with (most likely) clear sky or maybe a bit of an inversion cloud that burns off later. Temps will only rise to the mid-30’s tomorrow. Sunday looks pretty chilly – temps may not rise above freezing. I have no idea if we’ll see an inversion cloud Sunday.

Gorge Wind Forecast

We have a decent westerly gradient this morning: .12/.06. The wind will be strongest this morning, 24-28 from Mosier to Maryhill or so, fading to 21-24 by midday. Expect 15-18 out of the west at other locations on the river. Tomorrow brings steadily increasing easterlies – light in the morning, increasing to 25-29 or more in the afternoon. Sunday brings east wind at 40-50+.

Road and Mountain Biking

Syncline doubletrack and Little Moab were riding great yesterday. Ah… beautiful Little Moab. You make me so happy when I ride terrified down your loose rocks.

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

Who cares about tonight? Monday is the Jambaloff at Dirty Fingers. Make your best jambalaya and bring it to the shop for fame and glory during Monday night football. Last year there were 9 entries. Let’s make it more this year, because Jambalaya is awesome! And should you care about tonight, well, that’s good. But there’s nothing going on in the outdoor group activity world.

Have an awesome day today!