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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast
At some point last night something unexpected happened. Warm air moved in over the top of the mountain and turned the precip back to rain. As of the time of writing this, around 5am on Friday, the snow level was still around 5500′, but freezing rain-not-snow was falling above that. This makes it excruciating difficult to say what will happen in the next few hours. I suspect we’ll still see a switch to snow, but we’re only going to see a couple inches, at best. So… the snow level will drop to 3000′ during the day and rise to 9000′ after midnight under clear sky. We’ll see a couple inches of snow today. Wind will be W 40 in the morning, fading to NW 25 in the afternoon and NW 15 after midnight.
Saturday looks clear. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be 9000′ early and 11,000′ late. No precip. Wind will be NW 15 in the morning and light and variable in the afternoon. Sunday also looks sunny. The FAF will be 11,000′. Wind will be S 10-15 all day. Monday starts off clear and turns cloudy in the afternoon. Light rain moves in after 3pm. Looking long range, there’s snow in the forecast for the latter half of next week.
Random Morning Thoughts
One of the things they teach us mediator-therapist types to do is ask what are known as “open-ended questions”. Let’s call that OEQ for short. Asking questions in a way that doesn’t allow for yes/no or single-word replies gets people talking. All of us can use this to improve our communication with and understanding of others.
Another way we can use OEQ is to sort out our own feelings. Rather than asking, “Do I want to leave this relationship,” we can ask, “What is it that appeals to me about leaving this relationship?” We then look at the nuances of the decision, rather than the decision itself.
This takes practice. You can do this in your head as you wander through life. As you’re interacting with someone, slow down a little and reframe your questions. Think of it as a game. Make it fun. Before you know it, you’ll have trained yourself to ask OEQ naturally. And that will open up your conversations and your personal decision making. Have an awesome day.
Disclaimer required by my grad school program: I am not your therapist, but I am seeing clients at this time at Comprehensive Healthcare in White Salmon. In the meantime, I am your weather forecaster. Take everything I say with a grain of salt, and consult with your actual therapist about your mental health issues. One other thing: I plan to keep doing this forecast indefinitely. Forecasting and counseling are both deeply meaningful and nourishing to me.
Gorge Wind Forecast
For Friday, we’ll have a west wind day. Expect 13-16 in the western Gorge this morning and 5-10 in the eastern Gorge. Later today the wind will pick up to 18-22 east of The Dalles and fade to 10-13 west of The Dalles. Saturday starts with E 15-20 near Rooster Rock and picks up to E 35-40 near Rooster. Sunday looks stronger: E 40-45 with 30-35 at Stevenson.
Gorge Weather Forecast
It’s cloudy out there this morning, but we should see some sun this afternoon. Light drizzle this morning gives way to sunbeams. Temp will be near 50 all day. West wind. 99% chance of rainbows. Saturday starts off with Nothing and turns sunny. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and upper 40’s in the afternoon. East wind. No rainbows. Sunday looks like Nothing. Temps will be in the mid 30’s early and mid 40’s in the afternoon. East wind. No rainbows.
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Road and Mountain Biking
With all the rain we had yesterday, everything will be too muddy to ride. Please let the trails rest. Post Canyon remains closed to all users to protect delicate dirt from winter damage. Please respect this, even if you think it doesn’t apply to you. It’s 50 degrees this morning, and there’s sun coming this afternoon. Perhaps a road ride would be good.
At 7am today, there’s theKickstand Coffee Run, where jogging or walking 4 miles gets you af ree cup of coffee and a donut. Tomorrow at 3pm is the Cold Lap mixed surface ride at Dirty Fingers. Next Wednesday is the annual Chili Cookoff at DF.
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Have an awesome day today!