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 January 10, 2015


Random Morning Thoughts

Someone pointed out to me the other day that I work a lot. I was confused. I don’t work a lot. I just get up and write this forecast and clean a few houses and work at Meadows and volunteer for… Oh. I guess I do put in a lot of hours of work. It’s funny… I didn’t even realize, because most of my work feels so much like play, and when it doesn’t, I unconsciously make it more playful so it feels less work-like. Notice, I’m not saying “I love my job” or anything like that. I just like to create space for fun, even when I’m not thrilled with the work.

One example: TVs drive me nuts. I don’t watch them (unless it’s ‘Hawks football). And somehow, I got stuck with the management of the TV system at Meadows. I like to walk around with my 4 remotes pretending I’m a hi-tech gunslinger. After all, I am the Master TV Troubleshooter! Sometimes I flip the remotes in the air like a cheerleader tossing a baton. The TVs are a lot less annoying now. So, I guess today’s thought is an encouragement to create a little play space in the places where you currently see none, whether that’s in work or anything else. ‘Cuz we’re meant to play, not work all the time, so it’s important to find play wherever you can. Have a fun, play-filled day!

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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The day after

Mt. Hood Snow

Hmph. Remember a few days ago when I said I was going to refuse to give a predicted snowfall amount 72 hours out because our systems keep splitting? Well, that’s what happened: the initial model run at 72 hours showed 6-8”+ of snow. Now we’re down to just flurries. At least we’re seeing flurries and not sprinkles – it was 42 degrees and snowing at Meadows last night. Crazy but true. And that makes it hard to give a reliable prediction for today.

As of early in the morning, the snow level was, theoretically, around 7000′. That will fall to 6000′ midday and 5000′ tonight. So, expect a cloudy day with wet snowflakes or a bit of mist through noon, switching to less wet snowflakes after noon, with .1-.2” water value (WV) for 1-2” of snow, max. Wind will be SW 15 for much of the day, becoming W 15 overnight.

Tomorrow looks cloudy with on-and-off snow flurries for no accumulation. The snow level will be 3500′ all day, and the wind will be NW 15 all day.

Monday morning looks clear on the mountain with low clouds in the valleys. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be around 1000′ with NW wind at 10mph early and 20mph in the afternoon. Tuesday looks warmer, with an inversion setting up. Temps at 5000′ will be around 40, with the FAF around 8000’+ and N wind at 15mph. Next chance of precip is late in the week. Hey, at least there will be sun on the hill!

Gorge Wind

It’s not quite nuking in the Gorge this morning. The iWind/iKite sensor is reading 37 at Rooster Rock and 11 at Stevenson, with a .08 east gradient and a river temp of 39 degrees. Expect the east wind to fade to 10-13 today. Tomorrow starts with light and variable wind, but the easterlies will pick up to 20-24 by the afternoon. You’ll find east wind at 24-28 on Monday.

Gorge Weather

I didn’t need to walk outside this morning to tell you it’s cloudy. We’ll see a cloudy day with just a few sprinkles possible. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and the low 40’s this afternoon. Expect a cloudy Nothing day on Sunday with temps in the mid 30’s early and the low 40’s in the afternoon. Monday also brings the Nothing with temps in the mid 30’s early and the low 40’s in the afternoon. Expect similar weather all week. Please do not shoot yourself because of the Nothing. You will be able, after tomorrow, to head up or west to find some sunshine.

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Road and Mountain Biking

I went jogging in Post Canyon last night, and there were a few muddy spots, but all-in-all, it was good. Syncline is good. Nestor is good. Whoopdee is good. Gorge 400 is good. There’s a lot of good dirt out there! We’ll have some easterlies on the road today, but tomorrow morning, should it be warm enough, will have no wind at all. If I weren’t on the mountain, I’d plan to put in a big road ride tomorrow.

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Upcoming Events

There’s a trail run this morning at 8am at the bottom of Post Canyon Road. There’s also the Cold Lap cyclocross ride at Dirty Fingers at 3pm. Coming up tomorrow, there’s community yoga, free or by donation at 9am. At 3pm, there’s ping pong at the Hood River Armory and pickup touch rugby at the Mosier School. At 4pm, Crossfit Hood River has a stretching and mobility class that’s free or by donation.

Have an awesome day today!