Monday. 1/20. Mt. Hood sun. Gorge wind. Yay Seahawks!

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 January 20, 2014

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Random Morning Thoughts

Wow. Seahawks in the Super Bowl. Well done, men. It would appear that legal marijuana has no effect on the concentration skills of NFL players. On a less obvious, and equally delightful note, Rosauers is currently stocking purple Hawaiian sweet potatoes, one of my all-time favorite foods. I just ate one for breakfast. Pure bliss. How can you not love bright purple food?

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

It’s more like the Mt. Hood sun forecast.

We’ll see another sunny day today, with the free air freezing level (FAF) around 6000′ early, rising to 12,000′ in the afternoon. Temps at 5000′ will be in the mid-30’s early and mid-40’s in the afternoon. Wind will be light early and SW 10 in the evening.

Something might happen tomorrow. Like some clouds in the afternoon, and maybe even just a few sprinkles overnight, but no measurable precip. The FAF starts at 12,000′ and drops to 9000′ in the afternoon. Temps will hover in the mid-40’s all day. Wind will be SW 10 early and SW 20 in the afternoon.

Wednesday looks partly cloudy with a very slight chance of a few orographic snow flurries but a better chance of sunshine. Actually, that’s just the current forecast. The models are having a tough time with this, so the forecast could change a lot over the next 24-36 hours. The snow level will be 5500′ early, 3500′ midday and 6000′ in the evening. Wind will be W 20 early, NW 20 midday and NE 15 in the evening.

After Wednesday we are back to dry ridging and inversions.

Gorge Weather

Oh jeez. I’m wearing my pjs. Do I really have to go out there and look at the cloud cover? Ok. Be right back. Brr. My feet are freezing. It’s cloudy. There’s no frost on my car. We’ll see another late-breaking inversion today with temps climbing into the upper 30’s. Tomorrow starts off just like today, but a weather system moving in should break the inversion earlier, leaving us with high overcast sky and temps near 40 degrees. Wednesday looks partly cloudy with temps in the low 40’s early and upper 40’s late.

Gorge Wind Forecast

It’s officially nuking again, with an E .24 gradient driving the wind bus. It’s blowing 53 mph at Rooster Rock this morning and 30 at Stevenson. Thanks to iWindsurf for those numbers. It will continue to nuke today with temps in the mid to upper 30’s. Tempting. Very tempting. Not. Or maybe. Oh why can’t I keep my hands warm?

Tomorrow starts with east wind at 28-32. That wind will drop to 17-21 or less in the afternoon. Wednesday starts with light west wind as a weak weather system moves through and switches to light east wind as high pressure rebuilds.

Road and Mountain Biking

Sandy is epic. Gorge 400 is epic. Post is staying frozen until midday. I do not have a recent Syncline report, which means I should probably go ride Moab today. I saw a Strava ride of Oak-Surveyor’s-Oak, so Oak Ridge must be clear, and parts of Surveyor’s must be clear. For the spandex crowd, it’s warm enough that maybe, just maybe, the roads aren’t frosty this morning, but big east gradients are going to mean chilly headwinds on many Gorge road rides today.

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

Tonight is Hood River Rotary night at Meadows. Even if you’re not going, buy a ticket to support Rotary’s projects. Tonight is also pickup Ultimate Frisbee at Horizon Christian School at 8pm.

Have an awesome day today!