Monday. 3/3. Hey, Gorge, c’mon and thaw already. This is ridiculous weather for March. And don’t get me started on the Pineapple Express…

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 March 3, 2014

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Random Morning Thoughts

This chicken and corn chowder is so good, especially if you add sauteed onions and Andouille sausage. And if you throw the pot in a snowbank to cool it to the safe zone, the soup tastes even better.

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

So far this morning, at 6am, Mt. Hood is holding on to snow with temps at 5300′ at 32 degrees. Come on Mt. Hood, you can do it! Cheerleading aside, models suggest we’ll see the snow level slowly rise to 6500′ around 10am, and then slowly fall to 5500′ by 4pm and 5000′ by 1am. We’ll see 1.5” water value (WV) between now and 4pm, for, oh for god’s sake, how am I supposed to know when the snow level is so borderline? Call it 2-3” of snow with periods of rain mixed in down low and 8-10” up high during the day. We’ll see another .2-.4” WV overnight, for 1-3” more snow. Wind will be SW 40-45 all day, becoming W 40 in the wee hours.

Tuesday starts out cloudy and snowy, with the snow level at 5000′ early, rising to 5500′ at 10am and 6250′ by 4pm. We’ll see .2-.4” WV during the day, for 1-2” of new snow with a bit of rain mixed in, followed by sprinkles overnight. Wind Tuesday will be W 30-35 during the day, becoming SW 30-35 overnight.

Wednesday looks… rather warm. And wet, as a beast of a system sinks its claws into the Cascades. The snow level will be 7000′ early, rising to 9000′ by 4pm, falling to 7000′ by 10pm, and dropping back to 5500′ Thursday morning. Between 4am and 4pm Wednesday, we’ll see 2”+ of rain. We’ll see another 1-2”+ of rain between 4pm Wednesday and 4am Thursday. Wind Wednesday will be SW 40-50 during the day, rising to SW 60-70 overnight.

Thursday looks cooler and much windier, with heavy precip, but it’s a little too early to be making calls about p-type.

Gorge Wind

A dumb offshore low is keeping Gorge gradients easterly this morning, long after models suggested they would have turned westerly, letting us out of the silver thaw. And that’s keeping ice falling in the central Gorge, although the anemometer at Rooster Rock has thawed, suggesting it’s still freezing rain in Stevenson but not at Rooster. Anyway, we’ll see the gradient turn lightly westerly late this afternoon. Tuesday brings westerlies at 15-18 and Wednesday brings light wind.

Gorge Weather

As you might have gathered, at the time of this report it was still freezing rain in Hood River. So much for 4pm Magic Hour yesterday. It was more like 4pm sledding and happy hour. And stay off the roads hour. There’s been very little traffic on I-84 for the last 12 hours. You people are smart. Very smart. Temps are slowly warming this morning, and we should be out of this mess soon. Temps will climb to the upper 40’s this afternoon – there are already some 50 degree readings in Portland, and at one point, Parkdale was in the mid-40’s. Anyway, it’ll be rainy today. Quite rainy. Less rainy tonight.

Tuesday brings temps in the mid-40’s early and low 50’s in the afternoon with showers, rainbows, and light west wind. Wednesday looks very, very wet with temps in the mid-40’s in the morning and mid-50’s in the afternoon. Thursday also looks very wet.

Road and Mountain Biking

Biking on streets that resemble ice skating rinks would be an interesting proposition. Probably not a very safe one.

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

There’s indoor Ultimate tonight at Horizon Christian school at 8pm.

Coming up March 8th, it’s Bowl For Kids’ Sake, the annual fundraiser for Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Now look, folks. This program saves lives. Kids who have a “big” have lower dropout rates, better mental health, better grades and more success in life. Trust me on this one, and please make a donation. Any amount helps. And if you want to be involved, there are about 20 boys looking for a Big. Just 2 hours a week can change a kid’s life. Call 541-436-0306 for more information.

Have an awesome day today!