Friday. 3/7. Mt. Hood sun and pineapples. Gorge biking weather. Gardening stuff.

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 March 7, 2014

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Random Morning Thoughts

Larry planted his peas yesterday. If Larry planted his peas, I need to plant my peas, and so do you! I guess that’s what I’m doing today – planting peas. Better than planting the seeds of discord, I guess!

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

There is fresh snow on the ground on Mt. Hood today. If you want it before it becomes mashed potatoes, get it early. We’ll see a few orographic flurries in the morning before the sky clears midday, letting the March sun bake the slopes. The freezing level will be 3000′ early, rising to 6000′ by 1pm and 7500′ in the evening. Wind will be W 20-30 early swinging to SW 15 early afternoon and rising to SW 25 overnight.

Saturday starts off clear, but quickly becomes cloudy. Rain starts around 4pm. The freezing level will be 8000′ in the morning, rising to 10,000 in the afternoon. We’ll get about 1.5” of rain between 4pm Saturday and 4am Sunday. Wind Saturday will be SW 30 early, rising to SW 40 early afternoon and SW 45 overnight.

Sunday starts off rainy or maybe just showery. The snow level will be 8000′ early, 6000′ early afternoon, and 5000′ at 4pm, dropping to 3000′ by Monday morning. We’ll get .5-1.0” rain before 1pm, followed by a switch to snow with no real accumulation after 4pm. Wind on Sunday will be SW 40 early, becoming W 30 in the afternoon as the system swings through.

It’s a little unclear what will happen on Monday, as a storm system in the models is predicted to swing south of us. Right now it looks cloudy on Monday with the snow level at 3000′ with intermittent flurries. We’ll have to wait and see how it shakes out as we get closer to Monday.

Gorge Wind

There’s a light west gradient this morning, but it won’t amount to much wind on the river. Expect light wind all day. Tomorrow starts with easterlies at 22-26, becoming light in the afternoon. Sunday starts with gusty W 15-18 and picks up to 23-26 east of The Dalles in the afternoon.

Gorge Weather

We’ll see partly cloudy sky this morning becoming clear this afternoon. Temps will be in the upper 40’s early and the mid-50’s later with light wind. Saturday starts with temps in the low 40’s rising to the low 60’s in the afternoon under clear sky early and clouds later in the day. Rain falls all night Saturday night, starting around 7pm, leaving us with showers and rainbows on Sunday with moderate westerlies and temps in the 50’s.

Road and Mountain Biking

Oh what a day it will be for riding bikes. Light west wind this morning becoming calm this afternoon with temps in the mid-50’s by noon under partly cloudy to clear sky. Guess who’ll be road biking today? Yes – me! Tomorrow also looks awesome, with temps rising to 60 degrees or more in the afternoon under cloudy sky with light wind. Sunday looks wet and windy. Not so awesome for biking.

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

Tomorrow is Bowl For Kids’ Sake, the annual fundraiser for Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Now look, folks. This program saves lives. Kids who have a “big” have lower dropout rates, better mental health, better grades and more success in life. Trust me on this one, and please make a donation. Any amount helps. And if you want to be involved, there are kids looking for Bigs. Just 2 hours a week can change a kid’s life. Call 541-436-0306 for more information.

Also tomorrow, it’s the Feast of Words fundraiser at the Hood River Library from 6-9pm. So you can do Bowl for Kids’ Sake and then go to the library fundraiser. Books saved my life when I was a kid, so I therefore deem this a worthy cause, despite its lack of connection with the outdoors (although I do love reading books in my hammock, outside).

Have an awesome day today!