Saturday. 5/3. Gorge wind. Mt. Hood mixed precip. Races. Parties. N’ stuff.

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 May 3, 2014

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Random Morning Thoughts

Good thing I have lots of office work to do today.

Hood 2 River Relay

The Hood 2 River Relay is a one-day event on May 31st. This fun and all-inclusive event is designed for almost any level of skill and fitness, yet competitive enough for the hardcore athlete where participants compete in teams, pairs, or individuals to race from the high slopes of Mt. Hood down to the mighty Columbia River. There will be six Legs that consist of; Alpine ski, nordic ski, mountain bike, road bike, road run, boating (kayak/canoe/SUP) and a 500 meter sprint to the finish line after boating. Open to individuals and teams. Visit their website for more information. And Pole-Pedal-Paddle, eat your heart out. You got nothin’ on the Hood 2 River!

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

It’s a mix of snow and rain this morning on Mt. Hood, which is kinda sucky for ski areas that are open. It’s not such a great day for the Ram’s Head Randonee uphill/downhill race at Meadows, unless you’re looking for a lack of competition, in which case it’s a good day. Race time is 10am.

We’ll see mixed rain and snow today, with breaks in the precip until 2pm, when the precip rate increases. The snow level will be around 5000′ early, rising to 6000′ after 2pm. We’ll see .1-.2” water value (WV) during the day, for no accumulation, followed by .6-1” overnight. Hard to say what tonight’s precip will do. I suspect we’ll see 1-2” at 5500′ and 3-6” at 6500′. Wind will be SW 25-30 for much of the day.

Sunday brings more mixed precip with increasing precip after 2pm. The snow level will be 5500′ early and 6000′ in the afternoon. We’ll see .2-.3” WV between 5am and 5pm, for wet snow, and 1-2” of new. Then we’ll see mixed snow and rain overnight, for another .1-.2” WV. Wind will be SW 40 early and SW 30-35 in the afternoon.

Monday looks nicer: partly cloudy with the freezing level at 5000′-6000′ with light and variable wind.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Steven’s Locks 10-15 10-15 10-15 10-15
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) 16-19 16-19 13-16 10-14
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle 16-19 16-19 13-16 10-14
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall 16-19 16-19 13-16 10-14
Arlington / Roosevelt 16-19 16-19 13-16 10-14

Gorge Wind

We have nice morning gradients of .08 and .07 this morning, but the showery weather isn’t making for great wind. You can expect gusty 16-19 through the whole Gorge this morning, backing off to 10-14 this afternoon.

Sunday starts with light west wind. As an upper low moves inland, the wind picks up to gusty 23-26 out of the west, strongest east of The Dalles out to Maryhill, with a chance of the Lyle section being good. Stevenson to Mosier gets 14-17 Sunday afternoon.

Monday looks like a more stable setup with westerlies at 10-15 early, picking up to 22-25 in the afternoon, probably strongest from Hood River to Doug’s, but possibly filling in at Stevenson too.

Gorge Weather

It’s rather cloudy and a bit drizzly outside my window this morning, and it looks like it’ll stay that way today, with sprinkles increasing to rain after 2pm. Rainbows are possible all day. I saw one at sunrise. That’s how I know they are possible today. Temps will be in the low 50’s this morning and upper 50’s this afternoon with light west wind.

Tomorrow looks showery with rainbows. Temps will be in the mid 40’s early and upper 50’s in the afternoon with light westerlies early, becoming moderate in the afternoon. Monday looks partly cloudy with a chance of t-storms in the late afternoon. Temps will be upper 40’s early and upper 50’s in the afternoon with increasing westerlies as the day goes on.

Road and Mountain Biking

Post was PERFECT yesterday. Dog River is hosting the Super D today and tomorrow, so that trail’s off the list.

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River Levels

The Hood’s at 5′, the Klickitat’s at 2430 cfs, the White Salmon is at 4′ and the Wind is at 6.2′. Yes, there are companies running trips on the class V Wind this weekend, so get it while you can.

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

Today is the Dog River Super D practice run day. Tomorrow’s the race. Today’s races include the Ram’s Head Randonee uphill-downhill race at Meadows and the 10k/half/duathlon at Water’s Edge in The Dalles. Coming up tonight, Double Mountain hosts the fan party for the Oregon Trail Rally. Rally car drivers are cool. I’ll be there for sure.

Also today, you can go running with the folks from the Hood River Running Club if you’re at the bottom of Post Canyon at 8am.

Then tomorrow, there’s ping pong at the Hood River Armory at 3pm and pickup rugby at Mosier School at 3pm

Have an awesome day today!