Saturday. Gorge rainbows and wind. Mt. Hood snow and rain. And a special Sprinter Van.

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Temira
Date
 November 23, 2014
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Random Morning Thoughts

Photo by Brian Chambers

Photo by Brian Chambers


With all this snow and ice on the ground, I haven’t been able to ride my bike for over a week. I was going crazy yesterday, so I decided to head to The Dalles for a ride on the gravel-free roads by the Petersburg School. I looked at the radar and managed to convince myself that the huge yellow and orange blob would stay north of The Dalles, despite its southeastward path.

Wishful thinking doesn’t work very well. As I was climbing Emerson Loop Road for the second time, I caught the movement of very dark clouds out of the corner of my eye. “I’ll just finish this repeat,” I thought, “And then I’ll head back to the car.” Stupid stubborn weather girl.

The first raindrops and wind hit as I turned around and donned my jacket. And then the 41 degree wall of water hit me in the face. Within minutes I was drenched. Fortunately, the wind was so strong that I was forced to pedal downhill. Icy drops stung my face. Water poured out of my beanie into my eyes. My shoes filled with water, despite the air vents functioning as drains. My legs went numb from contact with my soaked knickers.

I made it back to my car in 10 minutes – at least I’d known to stay close. But the driver’s seat is drenched, and will likely stay that way for a while. What is the moral of this story? Trust your instincts, not your wishful thinking!
 

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

Just a quick heads up that Meadows is not allowing hiking in the resort starting today. But you can shred some of their lifts. Or you can hike on the paths outside their boundary.

As of 7am, it was snowing lightly on Mt. Hood. The snow level, around 4500′ early, will rise to 5000′ this afternoon. Expect flurries this morning, followed by heavier snow after noon, for .5” water value (WV) today and 3-5” of new snow. The wind will pick up as the day goes on, hitting W 40 by mid-morning, WSW 35-45 midday and WNW 40-50 in the afternoon.

Tomorrow looks clear or partly cloudy in the morning with clouds in the afternoon and a few showers overnight. The snow level will be 3500′ early, 5000′ midday and 7500′ overnight. Expect .2” WV to fall as rain sprinkles between 7pm Monday and 4am Tuesday. Wind will be WNW 20 in the morning, SW 15 midday and W 40 overnight.

A ridge of high pressure builds off the coast on Tuesday and an upper level low swings across BC, much further north than in predictions from a few days ago. That’s a good thing, because we’ll be spared the drenching rain and pounding wind that the north WA Cascades and BC are going to receive. Expect the snow level to be 10,000′-12,000′ on Tuesday with a few sprinkles, perhaps up to .3” WV. The wind will still be strong, but not as bad as it will be at Mt. Baker. Watch their telemetry for entertainment. We’ll get W 40 in the morning and WNW 50 in the afternoon. Wednesday looks clear and warm.

Models are having some disagreements about the latter half of the week. It currently looks quite warm, with temps near 40 degrees at 5000′ on Thursday and Friday, with showers likely Thursday and significant rainfall possible on Friday. Stay tuned as we get closer for more details.
 

Gorge Wind

We did start our Sunday with a bit of west gradient: .04 (pdx-dls) and .04 (dls-psc). We’ll see the westerlies pick up after 1pm as a cold front moves into our area. Expect gusty 26-30 east of The Dalles this afternoon. Tomorrow brings light and variable wind to the Gorge. On Tuesday, a low pressure system moves into BC. That combines with high pressure off the Oregon Coast for west wind at 26-30, hopefully. Location is still TBD. River water temp is 48 degrees. That happens to be the same as the air temp in Hood River this morning, FYI.
 

Gorge Weather

I definitely underestimated the chance of rainbows yesterday. I saw lots of them, meaning that the chance of rainbows was well over 100%. Thank you to all of you who sent me rainbow photos and photos of Sprinter Vans with rainbows. You have no idea how much that means to me!

On to today’s forecast: it was a cloudy start with a few showers. That’s the forecast for this morning, with a few sunbreaks possible. The next weather system moves in from the north this afternoon, for heavier rain after 1pm. Temps will be in the upper 40’s all day. Rainbow chances are 88%.

Tomorrow starts with low clouds. We may see the clouds break up, and we may not, so expect sunbreaks at best with a few showers late in the day and overnight. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and the upper 40’s in the afternoon. Rainbows are unlikely due to lack of rain.

Tuesday sees a ridge of high pressure holding over Oregon. With west wind on the river, a partly cloudy day is likely, and so are a few sprinkles. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and low 50’s in the afternoon. Rainbow chances are 68%. Wednesday looks dry. Long-range models suggest rain on Thursday and Friday and the possibility of another Arctic blast for the Gorge on the weekend. I’m hoping that disappears from the models before next weekend arrives!
 

White Sprinter Van of the Day with Rainbow

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Road and Mountain Biking

I’m finding myself wondering what the Kitchen Sink looks like right now. Probably muddy and snowy, but there’s something appealing about that. I’m going to stop thinking about that and think about going for a trail jog or a road ride in The Dalles. Maybe. Maybe I’ll keep thinking about the Sink.
 


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Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at Riverside so you can play hard on Thanksgiving Day! Delicious plated dinners served from 11:30 am to 9 pm. Menu includes Thanksgiving Turkey dinner with all the trimmings, Prime Rib, Columbia King Salmon or Vegetarian Thanksgiving, with appropriate side dishes. (Gluten-free or other dietary restrictions always happily accommodated!) Reservations are recommended. Call 541-386-4410 or visit www.riversidehoodriver.com for the complete menu. Happy Thanksgiving!

Upcoming Events

It is Sunday, and that means you can shred Buttercup and EZ and a jib park at Meadows from 11-4. Or you can go tubing at Skibowl. You could also go to community yoga in White Salmon at Yoga Samadhi at 9am. Or you could join the Tri Club folks for a 3 mile jog in White Salmon, followed by cinnamon rolls, a hot tub, and wine tasting in WA. Not sure why they’re tasting wine and not 420, that being what WA folks do, but you’ll have to ask them. If you survive all that, head to the Hood River Armory at 3pm for ping pong or to Mosier at 3pm for pickup touch rugby.

Have an awesome day today!

Temira