Saturday. Record temps in the mountains tomorrow. Inversion in the valley. Go up, son, go up.

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 January 24, 2015

Mt St Helens sunrise

Random Morning Thoughts

I had kinda a funny day yesterday. I drove myself to work at the mountain (something I never do), I purchased a snopark permit (that I probably won’t ever use again), and left work 2 hours early (costing myself money). I did this so I could do a 3.5 hour unpaid mediation. I find it amusing that I’ll give up what amounts to a day’s wages in order to volunteer doing something I love. That’s passion.

Sometimes it’s hard to find things you’re passionate about. Maybe this is a way of looking at it: what would you give up a day’s wages to do for free? I’m thinking I’d ride my bike, build trails, mediate, spend time with friends, read a good book, write poetry, garden… How about you? What’s your passion? Don’t have one? Think harder. You’ll find one, and your life will be more fulfilling for it.

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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The day after

Mt. Hood Snow

One of my friends pointed out to me yesterday that I was quite obviously bored with the weather. Yeah, it’s getting a little boring, but at least I have something to talk about today: Just how badly I, NWAC, and NWS screwed up the forecast for Friday afternoon through this morning. I thought we’d see just some rainfall, and so did they, and instead we’ve received .6” on Mt. Hood.

What happened? All the models were predicting that the atmospheric river would stay far, far to the north of us, leaving us with just a few sprinkles. That didn’t happen. We were clipped by edge of the rain, and as of early this morning, we were still receiving clipping (which I believe is a fineable offense in some sports).

Anyway, we’ll see some orographic (terrain-enhanced) rain showers this morning, fading pretty quickly. We’ll see .1-.3” water value (WV) before the precip stops, leaving Mt. Hood under high overcast sky. The snow level will be above 10,000′ all day, and wind will be W 30 all day. 5000′ temps will max out around 50 degrees.

Tomorrow looks clear. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be above 10,000′. Wind will be W 20 earl and SW 25 in the afternoon. 5000′ temps will max out right around 60 degrees, a possible all-time record for January. But don’t worry: the earth isn’t getting warmer.

Coming up Monday, we’ll see another balmy day on Mt. Hood. The FAF will be at 10,000′ or higher in the morning, dropping down to 10,000′ in the afternoon. Wind will be S 20 early and SW 20 in the afternoon. 5000′ temps will max out around 55 degrees.

There’s maybe a chance of a trace of precip during the middle of next week, but other than that, long-range models suggest dry and mild weather.

Gorge Wind

Not much is happening on the Gorge wind scene today, despite westerly gradients of .04 (pdx-dls) and .04 (dls-psc). Expect light westerlies this morning at 5-10 and light and variable (LTV) wind this afternoon. Tomorrow starts with east wind at 5-10 and picks up to east 20-25 at Rooster with 10-15 at Steven’s Locks. Monday starts with E 25-30 at Rooster and fades to LTV in the afternoon.

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Gorge Weather

There was a steady light drizzle outside my house this morning, and that means there was likely a steady light drizzle outside your house too. The drizzle will give way to high clouds and filtered sun this afternoon. Temps will be in the low 40’s early and the upper 50’s (maybe) in the afternoon. Rainbow chances are 33%.

Expect some low clouds tomorrow followed by sun in the afternoon. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and the upper 50’s in the afternoon. Monday looks very similar to Sunday with temps just a touch on the cooler side.

White Sprinter Van of the Day


Road and Mountain Biking

It appears a bit wet out there this morning, meaning Post and Whoopdee will remain wet. The real question is this: where can we ride above the inversion tomorrow, because it’ll be in the 60’s up there and much cooler down here.

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Upcoming Events

Happy Saturday. There’s a Tri Club run in Post Canyon at 8am. There’s the Cold Lap cross ride at Dirty Fingers at 3pm. Coming up tomorrow, there’s community yoga (free/by donation) at 9am at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon. There’s rugby at 3pm at the Mosier School, there’s ping pong at the Hood River Armory at 3pm, and Crossfit Hood River has a mobility and stretching class (free or by donation) at 4pm.

Have an awesome day today!