Saturday: feels a lot like winter…

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Temira
Date
 December 8, 2018
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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
4a-8a 8a-12p 12p-4p 4p-8p 8p-4a
Saturday
0′->6500′
Sunday
6500′->2500′
Monday
2500′

Mt. Hood Weather Forecast


It’s snowing on Mt. Hood this lovely Saturday morning. The snow will end by the time the sun comes up. Looking ahead the next few days, temps are borderline for snow at 5000′. Looking farther out to Tuesday and Wednesday, there’s a very wet (GFS) and wet (ECMWF) system headed our way with another round of borderline temps.

For Saturday, we’ll see light snowfall early, clouds midday, and a trace of rain overnight. The snow level will be (near Mt. Hood), 0′ early and 6500′ after midnight. Wind: SW 15-20 for the period. Sunday looks cloudy with sprinkles early. Models disagree on the overnight snow level, so let’s go with mixed precip. Snow level: 6500′ early, falling to 2500′ after midnight. About 0.2” water value (WV) falls between noon and 4pm, most likely as rain. Another 0.3” WV falls overnight, for mixed precip and up to 1-2” of new snow. Wind: SW 15 early rising to SW 30 in the afternoon and W 20 after midnight.

Monday sees mostly cloudy sky with occasional flurries. Snow level 2500′ early and 2000′ later. No accumulation; just a trace of snow will fall. Wind: W 20 early, W 15 in the afternoon, SW 15-20 overnight. Models currently disagree on Tuesday’s precip amount; the GFS likes up to 4.0”! As of right now, the general picture is heavy precip that falls mostly as rain and then switches to snow late in the day. It’s unclear as of right now how much snow will fall, but it does seem clear the that precip will be attached to the pineapple juice tap.
 

Gorge Wind Forecast

I’m heartbroken writing this forecast today. My friend and extreme condition sailing buddy Laura Green died windsurfing on Thursday at Stevenson. Conditions were tame for Laura – it was only blowing 30-35. Her idea of an epic day was a day when it was too windy for everyone else. She wasn’t just an amazing windsurfer and kiter and Tele skier; she was a healer, a forecaster, a dancer, and a light in the world. So sad. This forecast is for her. I wish it contained westerlies at 40-45, because that’s what she would have wanted.

Saturday brings easterlies at 40-45 near Rooster and 20-25 near Stevenson. Sunday looks like E 50 in the morning near Rooster with E 25-30 in the afternoon. Rain/snow/freezing rain starts up around 11am in the western Gorge. Monday starts with light easterlies and switches to light westerlies.

JONES, SAUVIE’S, COAST: now on vacation for the fall and winter. Will return in spring.
 

Power Station cycling classes start November 5th and run all winter!!

It’s that time of year: you’re in peak cycling fitness, and now the rain is falling. You’re dreading losing everything you’ve gained over the dry months. Want to keep that fitness this winter and also build some strength? Get signed up now for Power Station winter classes. BIKE: keep that fitness. BUILD: cycling specific strength workouts. BIKE & BUILD: the best of both. Like virtual rides? Power Station has a projector and ginormous wall. Zwift (or whatever!) with friends. Get signed up now by clicking here!
 

Gorge Weather Forecast

Saturday started off with a mix of snain, snow and freezing rain. We’ll see a dry and Nothing day with temps climbing from the low 30’s to the mid 30’s. East wind. No rainbows. Sunday is a very tricky forecast. Temps will be near 30 early and in the mid 30’s later. We’ll see light rain at river level starting around 1pm with freezing rain in the colder outlying areas, where temps probably won’t warm above freezing. East wind. No rainbows. Monday looks mostly cloudy. Temps will be in the mid 30’s early and mid 40’s later. Light east wind early. Light west wind later. 4% chance of rainbows.
 

For weather specifically directed at travel through the Gorge, please visit Temira’s Awesome Travel Advisory Service on Facebook.
 

White Sprinter Van of the Week!

 
Click here for the White Sprinter Van map of the world!!!
 

Road and Mountain Biking

It’s just a sloppy mess on the trails this morning with snow over freeze-thaw conditions. Don’t do it, okay? Even if you have a fat bike. You’re damaging delicate trails and undoing the hard work of many, many volunteers. I hear the Power Station has a really wonderful virtual bike setup. I know it’s not the same, but it’s better than damaging the dirt.
 

Upcoming Events

There’s a trail run in Post Canyon at 8, in theory. There’s a free bootcamp workout at 10 at Sorosis Park. On Sunday, there’s community by-donation yoga at Samadhi at 9am, ping pong ($5) at the Skamania County Fairgrounds Event Center at 10:30am, and all-ages touch rugby at 11am at the Hood River Marina.
 

Random Morning Thoughts

 

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Have an awesome day today!

Temira