Friday. More sun on Mt. Hood. More Nothing in the valley. Hey, at least the dirt is epic!

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 January 30, 2015


Random Morning Thoughts

I am so glad to be sitting in my office at Mt. Hood today looking at blue sky. You should come join me up here.

This brings me to Marshawn, and defiance. The guy doesn’t like to talk to the media, and the NFL has fined him $100,000 so far this year for not talking. In a brilliant move, Marshawn, in the course of 48 hours, gave an interview to the “real media” in which he said nothing more than, “I’m just here so I won’t be fined,” varying his intonation in response to the questions (masterful, I think), and then gave an interview to Skittles (yes, the candy), in which he happily answered a series of ridiculous questions.

This brings me to my point. No matter what happens around us, no matter what we are compelled to do, there is one thing we always have: the power to speak, and the power to not speak. (Well, we also have the final power to not eat, but that’s truly a last resort for the hopeless and helpless.) Defiance. You have a voice, and you have the right to not speak. Use your voice. Or don’t use it. Sometimes silence and a scathing look is more powerful than all the words in the world.

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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The day after

Mt. Hood Snow

It’s another sunny day for the slopes of Mt. Hood today. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be 8000′ early and 9000′ in the afternoon. Wind will be NE 10 early and N 10 in the afternoon. Expect another clear start on Saturday with high clouds covering the sky by afternoon ahead of an approaching warm front. The FAF Saturday will be 9000′ early and 8000′ in the afternoon. Wind will be NW 15 early and NW 20 in the afternoon.

Something will happen on Sunday: We’ll see a cloudy start with the FAF around 8000′. The snow level will drop to 6000′ in the afternoon. We’ll likely see sprinkles during the day for a total of .1-.2” water value (WV) raindrops. The snow level will drop to 5000-5500′ overnight, with another .1-.2” water value, for maybe an inch of snow if we’re lucky. Wind will be WSW25 early and W 30 in the afternoon.

Monday starts off partly cloudy to cloud with the snow level at 5500′. The snow level will drop to 5000′ around 10am and rise to 6500′ in the afternoon as the precip ends. It looks like we’ll see about 1” WV in that period, likely as snow mixed with or alternating with rain. But let’s wait a bit and see. As of right now, it looks like we’ll see W wind at 30 early, WSW 45 midday and W 50 in the afternoon.

Gorge Wind

It’s unclear if it’s nuking this morning because the iWind/iKite Rooster Rock sensor is down. But I bet it is nuking, because Steven’s Locks was reading 24 in the wee hours and there was a .14 gradient. Expect E 40-50 at Rooster today. Expect E 35-45 tomorrow morning and 30-35 in the afternoon. The easterlies continue in some weaker form on Sunday.

Gorge Weather

The Nothing is back, and will probably be here all day, so you may want to go to the mountain to escape it. Expect a gray day in the Gorge with temps in the upper 30’s early and the low 40’s in the afternoon. Expect Nothing tomorrow morning and high clouds late in the day with temps in the mid 30’s early and the mid 40’s in the afternoon. Expect a cloudy day on Sunday with a few sprinkles possible. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and the mid 40’s in the afternoon. Heavier rain is likely on Monday.

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Road and Mountain Biking

There is good dirt all over the place, and you’ll want to ride it before Monday’s rain. So get out there and shred. Expect chilly east wind to accompany your road biking today.

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Upcoming Events

Today is Friday, and today, like all Fridays, you can do the 10 Speed Coffee run at 7am. Complete the run, and you earn coffee and a donut. I wish like hell I could make that. There’s also Iadio at Trinity Arts on Friday morning. I wish even more like hell that I could make that. There’s a trail run tomorrow morning at 8am at Post Canyon with the Tri Club folks, and there’s the Cold Lap cyclocross ride on Saturday afternoon at 3pm at Dirty Fingers.

Have an awesome day today!