Friday. TGIF. TGIH. Happy Halloween, everyone! Be safe out there tonight!

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 October 31, 2014

Random Morning Thoughts

It’s Halloween. Each year I get dressed up, walk around for 30 minutes, and go home to read a book. This year I think I’ll skip the walking around part and get dressed up and read a book.

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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The next day

Mt. Hood Snow

The snow level is supposed to drop today, but as of 6am, it was still hovering around 7500 with rain falling on the slopes. Expect the snow level to drop to 6000′ or so by mid-morning, but that will be after the bulk of the moisture (.2-.3” water value) moves through. We’ll just see a dusting of snow at 5000′, at best, followed by a partly cloudy afternoon. Wind today will be W 25-30 early, dropping to SW 10-15 this afternoon.

Expect a partly cloudy or sunny start to the day on Saturday, followed by high clouds in the afternoon and a chance of very light mixed rain and snow in the afternoon and overnight. The snow level will be around 6500′ all day. Wind will be N 10 early and NW 15-25 in the afternoon.

Sunday looks partly cloudy for much of the day, with another weather system moving in overnight. The snow level will be 5000′ early, rising to 7500′ in the evening when the precipitation starts. At this point, it looks like the weather will stay warm and wet through the middle of next week.

Gorge Wind

We were sitting under the influence of a light east gradient this morning, but that will switch to west wind relatively quickly. Expect gusty, up-and-down westerlies at 14-17 by late morning, first at Stevenson, then near Hood River, and then filling in out in the desert.

Tomorrow looks like a better setup for wind. High pressure off the Cali/OR coasts combines with a weak weather front for stronger westerlies. Expect a light start. By late morning or early afternoon, we’ll have 15-18 from Steven’s Locks to The Dalles. Then the wind will pick up to 23-26 or maybe even more by mid-afternoon from Swell to Maryhill. Doug’s/Lyle/Rowena is probably your best bet, but I won’t discourage you from trying other beaches too.

Sunday starts with leftover westerlies at 10-13, but those westerlies fade to light and variable conditions by mid-morning, for a fishing/wakeboarding/SUP day.

Gorge Weather

There’s been a huge band of moisture just to our west for hours and hours and hours. That band will push east today, giving us a solid shot of rain this morning with showers this afternoon. Temps will be in the mid 50’s all day. Rainbow chances are 99%.

Tomorrow starts off cooler and partly cloudy. We’ll see some sunshine during the day before a warm front and associated high clouds move in during the afternoon. This is a weak system, so we may or may not see any rain from it. Temps will be in the low to mid 40’s early and the mid 50’s in the afternoon.

Expect a dry and partly cloudy day on Sunday with temps in the mid 40’s early and the low 50’s in the afternoon. The next system swings through late Sunday or early Monday giving us some more rain.

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Road and Mountain Biking

I went jogging in Post Canyon last night, and it’s definitely too muddy to ride bikes. So that leaves you with riding “other places”. The road riding will be best this morning, as the west wind will pick up a bit this afternoon. Saturday looks pretty dry, as does much of Sunday, so we should see a great weekend of mountain biking. If you’re headed to the 44 Road trails, be prepared for blowdown and be prepared for snow on the highest trails.

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

Today is Halloween, if you hadn’t figured that out already. I would have made this email black and orange, but I didn’t have the time since I have a meeting with the County at 7:30am. So, dress up and be merry today. Coming up next weekend, not this weekend, mind you, there’s the HRVHS gear swap on Saturday (drop off gear on Friday). The Fashion Show, benefiting the Hood River Christmas Project, is Friday night as well. Make sure you grab your tickets now, because this show sells out every year.

Have an awesome day today!