Sunday. 1/19. Gorge wind. Mt. Hood forecast. Go Seahawks!

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 January 19, 2014

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Random Morning Thoughts

I went to my PO Box this morning on the way to catch the bus. There was a package. I opened it on the bus. Inside was a t-shirt reading, “I pooped today!” I almost peed myself laughing. Thanks, bestie. You know me too well.

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

Things are looking a bit more promising for a precipitation event of some sort on Mt. Hood this Wednesday, but I’m not going to put any numbers on it yet, as we’re still a bit far out.

Today will be sunny early, becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon and evening. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be 10,000′ all day. Temps at 5000′ will be in the mid-40’s early and low 40’s late. Wind will be W 15mph.

Tomorrow looks sunny. The FAF will be 10,000′ early and 12,000′ in the afternoon. Temps at 5000′ will be in the upper 30’s early and mid 40’s late. Wind will be light and variable, becoming SW 10.

Tuesday looks sunny early, becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon as Wednesday’s system approaches. The FAF will be 11,000′ early and 10,000′ late with temps at 5000′ in the mid to upper 40’s. Wind will be SW 10-15.

If the current model runs don’t change, we’ll see a system move in on Wednesday with the snow level around 5500′ and maybe .5” moisture. In a strange twist, models are currently showing the precip coming in with south wind at first, switching to east wind. That’s very, very unusual… So let’s see if that holds. If it does, we’ll have something interesting to talk about.

Gorge Weather

I forgot to do the morning weather check today, so I just glanced out the window on the bus. It appears to be cloudy. Speaking of cloudy, yesterday was horrendous in the Gorge and fabulous on the mountain. While I was parading around the deck in short sleeves and dark glasses looking mean and official, people in the valleys were curled into little inversion-fleeing balls in front of fireplaces.

I think the inversion will stick around again today. Expect clouds with temps in the mid-30’s this morning and clouds with temps in the upper 30’s this afternoon. Tomorrow looks similar. So does Tuesday.

Maybe we should all go to the coast where it’s more likely to be sunny, and where we’ll see big waves: 11’@15 today, 10’@21 tomorrow (whoa), and 9’@15 on Tuesday. Coast wind will be NE 5-10 today, E 10-15 tomorrow (a great day to watch at Seaside), and SE 5-10 on Tuesday.

Gorge Wind Forecast

Why yes, the windiest winter ever continues today with easterlies at 26-30 at RR this morning, fading to 13-15 this afternoon. Easterlies pick back up to 35-45 at RR tomorrow, with 26-30 at Stevenson. Easterlies continue Tuesday.

Road and Mountain Biking

Yesterday’s Post Canyon report said it was all frozen early, but that by 1pm, the exposed areas had thawed. So, if you’re going to ride Post, ride early. Yesterday’s Sandy ridge report was perfect dirt and t-shirt weather.

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

Today at 3pm, there’s ping pong at the Hood River Armory. Also at 3pm, there’s pickup rugby at the Mosier School. Starting, well, whenever the football games start, there’s BBQ and football at Dirty Fingers. Go Seahawks!

Have an awesome day today!