Monday. 2/3. Mt. Hood blue and green snow, Gorge wind, cold snap, really, really bad driving conditions next weekend.

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 February 3, 2014

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Upcoming charity event involving BACON

Coming up Friday at 6pm at Springhouse, it’s the Aporkalyspe, benefiting Helping Hands, dedicated to serving victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Tickets are available now by emailing $20 gets you a judge ticket with 10 tastes and a beer, or $5 gets you in the door with a beer. So, if you’re going out Friday night, you might as well be at Springhouse supporting a great cause, a cause that I support. We still need bacon chefs as well, so email if you fall into that category.

Random Morning Thoughts

Wow. I was hoping for a competitive football game, but instead what I saw was a team functioning not as a team, but as a piece of performance art. The Seahawks were beautiful last night. The victory parade is in Seattle on Wednesday.

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

The snow this morning is not white. It’s falling as a mix of navy blue flakes and lime green crystals. Well done, Seahawks.

The snow level today will be around 500′, except in areas where it dipped near or below freezing last night. Then the snow level will be, duh, at the surface. Temps at 5000′ will be in the teens all day. We’ll see a mix of flurries and sunbreaks and low clouds on Mt. Hood today (much like we did yesterday), with the sky clearing in the afternoon. Wind will be WNW 20-25 this morning, becoming NW 20-25 this afternoon. No accumulation.

Tomorrow looks clear and cold across the region. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be at the surface. Temps at 5000′ will be in the single digits in the morning, quite possibly dipping below zero late in the afternoon. Wind will be NNW 10-20 early, becoming variable in the afternoon, depending on the depth of the cold pool. Wind will be NNW at high elevations and E in the cold pool.

Wednesday looks clear and bitterly cold on Mt. Hood. Temps will likely be at or below 0º F. Wind will be variable – see Tuesday for explanation.

Next chance of precip is Saturday when a warm and wet system overruns the top of this cold air mass. Mt. Hood will likely see dense, rimed snow at first, before we see a switch to freezing rain and then finally rain. At this point, it looks like temps at 5000′ will rise to the mid-30’s on Saturday and Sunday with 2-4” of water value over the two days.

More interesting to note for the weekend is the weather for the Gorge. See below.

Gorge Weather

I was cold when I went to bed last night, so I’m wearing really warm PJ’s this morning. Even so, it was a bit chilly for the weather check. Also, I saw about 43 snowflakes scattered across the roof of my car (I was too cold to actually count them), so I guess it snowed last night. And it’s cloudy. So, expect clouds this morning with very, very, very light snowfall. The sky will become partly cloudy this afternoon. Wind will be light.

Tomorrow looks cold and clear with temps in the teens to 20’s with light east wind. Wednesday looks clear and fucking cold (oops – bad word), with temps in the single digits early and upper teens to low 20’s late.

Now, on to the weekend: This cold air remains locked in place, and is reinforced on Saturday as an upper low approaches the coast and increases the offshore gradient. As that warm system moves over the top of the Arctic air, we’ll see snow at first, then sleet, then freezing rain. This is a much deeper and colder air mass than the last system, which left Parkdale coated in ice and without power. It’s also a much wetter storm moving in. I suspect the ice will reach lower elevations (like my house at 300′) this time. Be prepared for really bad driving conditions through the Gorge on Saturday, Saturday night, and possibly Sunday.

Gorge Wind Forecast

The wind will take a break today, starting off with no wind, and picking up to light east wind in the afternoon. Tomorrow brings easterlies at 30-40 at Rooster, and Wednesday brings easterlies at 50-60 at Rooster.

Road and Mountain Biking

Post has muddy spots and Syncline is muddy above the fence. But don’t you worry, because it’s going to be so cold this week that everything will freeze solid. All you have to do now is figure out how to stay warm, and you’ll have great riding conditions.

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

Coming up this evening, the Hood River Saddle Club has their monthly meeting at 6:30pm. Also tonight, there’s indoor Ultimate Frisbee at 8pm at Horizon Christian School. Tomorrow night is $12 Prime Rib at Cebu, pickup Rugby at Collins Field at 5:30pm, and Kayak Polo at the pool at 8pm. Also tonight, at 6:15pm, it’s the weekly speaker series at Shortt Supply. Bret Paulus, ownder of Synergy Rehab, will show you how to improve your balance, power and fluidity. Free. Informative. Quite possibly fun.

Have an awesome day today!