Random Morning Thoughts
Today looks like a great day for the Daily Double. I’m working all day, so I’m only going to get the first half of the double. The rest of you will have to get the second half for me.
The Hood 2 River Relay is a one-day event on May 31st. This fun and all-inclusive event is designed for almost any level of skill and fitness, yet competitive enough for the hardcore athlete where participants compete in teams, pairs, or individuals to race from the high slopes of Mt. Hood down to the mighty Columbia River. There will be six Legs that consist of; Alpine ski, nordic ski, mountain bike, road bike, road run, boating (kayak/canoe/SUP) and a 500 meter sprint to the finish line after boating. Open to individuals and teams. Visit their website for more information. And Pole-Pedal-Paddle, eat your heart out. You got nothin’ on the Hood 2 River!
Mt. Hood Snow Forecast
Today is likely the last powder day of the season. As of 5am, there was 3” of new plus 30mph wind, which means there should be around a foot of wind-loaded snow. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to ski today. Well, I’m working at Meadows, so I have to ski today. Darn.
We’ll see continued snowfall today with the snow level around 2500′. Models say we’ll see .4” water value between now and 5pm, when the snow will taper off. So, call that another 3-4” of new during the day. Wind will be W 30 nearly all day, becoming WNW 30-40 late in the afternoon.
Monday looks clear in the morning with high clouds in the afternoon. The freezing level will be 1500′ early and 4000′ in the afternoon with NW wind at 15mph early and light and variable in the afternoon. Tuesday looks sunny and warm on Mt. Hood.
We’re starting off with light west wind and gradients of .04/.06. Expect the wind to pick up to gusty 13-16 from Steven’s Locks to Mosier, holding there all day. After noon, east of Mosier and all the way to Arlington, you’ll find 26-30 with higher periods possible at the Lyle and Maryhill stretches. Mid-afternoon will be the windiest period today.
Tomorrow starts with westerlies at 5-10 and becomes glassy. Tuesday brings easterlies at 5-15, strongest in the western Gorge, but definitely noticeable everywhere. Wednesday brings very strong east wind.
We’ll have showers and sunbreaks in the western Gorge today with sunshine out east and strong west wind. Looks like a great day to hunt some rainbows. Temps will be in the mid 40’s early and low 50’s late. Tomorrow looks clear early with high clouds in the afternoon and light wind all day. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and low 60’s late. Tuesday looks warm and sunny with temps in the upper 40’s early and right around 70 in the afternoon with light east wind.
Road and Mountain Biking
I ran into M. Keep yesterday, and he let me know that Whoopdee was in great shape. Was. It rained on it all night, so it and Post are likely muddy now, which leaves you with Syncline. If you’re going to ride there, do it early, because strong wind this afternoon will make it an unpleasant place to ride. If you are a roadie, tomorrow looks awesome: high of 60ish and almost no wind. See you on the pavement!
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The Hood is at 5.4′, the Klickitat is at 2330 cfs, and the White Salmon is in the low 4′ range.
Events – email me if I’ve missed any outdoor-related events
The first swap meet of the season is today at Windance. Be there at 7am if you’re selling and 8am if you’re buying. Also today, there’s rugby at 3pm at the Mosier school and there’s ping pong ($5) at the Hood River armory. At T-Line today, it’s the Airblaster Board Games, some sort of rad comp, hopefully scheduled for somewhere below tree line, because the wind is nuking up there right now. And today is the Bear Springs Trap XC race, if not in the snow, then in the frigid rain. I’m cold just thinking about it.
Have an awesome day today!