Sunday. Mt. Hood snow n’ sun. Gorge wind from both directions. No more pineapples.

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 January 18, 2015

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Random Morning Thoughts

I woke up this morning with a text message from a friend saying that it was 57 degrees at this house in Vancouver. I like fresh air, and when I hear of warm temps mid-winter, the first thing I think is, “Yes! I can open my doors and air out my house.” So, I’m sitting here in my “office” with the doors open and a breeze blowing my papers off my desk. It’s not quite as peaceful as my other office was during yesterday morning’s downpour, but it’s pretty darn nice. The fresh air is lovely. And it’s warm. I’m going to have to go for another run today, which I’m sure will beat the heck out of the run I had yesterday in the 39 degree downpour in Post Canyon. Actually, that was pretty cool too, if only because it was impressive in how cold and wet it was. Enjoy the warm temps and the fresh air today. And… go Hawks! =)

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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The day after

Mt. Hood Snow

Yesterday was impressive on Mt. Hood. 3.5” of rain. Wow. I watched the temp climb 7 degrees between 8am and 9am. Sheesh. And now, finally, it’s snowing. Started around 5:30am. Expect flurries and sunbreaks today with the snow level around 5000′ early and 3000′ in the afternoon. The intensity of the flurries will increase this afternoon and evening. Expect .1” water value (WV) during the day, for 1” of new, followed by .1-.3” WV tonight, for 1-3” of new snow. Wind today will be SW 55 early and SW 45 in the afternoon.

Tomorrow brings partly cloudy sky with a few flurries for no accumulation. There might be some fog too. The snow level will be 2000′ all day. Wind will be W 30 early and NW 15 in the afternoon.

Tuesday looks partly cloudy. The snow level will be 1500′, and the wind will be light and variable. Temps warm up on Wednesday under sunny sky, hitting the mid 30’s at 5000′ with light and variable wind. Next precip is late in the week, but it doesn’t look like much. Hey, at least the sun will be out!

Gorge Wind

It is NOT nuking in the Gorge this morning. However, it will be windy today, but not from the direction you’ve come to expect this winter. We’ll see west wind today at gusty 25-29 east of Mosier after mid-morning, with gusty 15-18 in the western Gorge. Tomorrow sees westerlies at 13-16 through pretty much the whole Gorge, backing off in the afternoon. Expect easterlies at Rooster at 26-30 on Tuesday and 30-40 on Wednesday.

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Gorge Weather

I haven’t been outside to check the sky coverage yet today, but I do know that it’s warm. I know this because I looked at Hood River Weather, saw that it was 51 degrees, and immediately opened all my doors (all two of them) to air out my house. Let me go check the sky coverage… okay, it’s cloudy and sprinkling. The sprinkles will ease this morning and combine with a few sun breaks. Shower activity picks up again this afternoon. Temps will be in the low to mid 50’s all day. Rainbow chances are 97%.

Tomorrow likely brings partly cloudy sky with just a few rain showers, with the chances of showers decreasing as the day goes on. Temps will be in the low 40’s early and the upper 40’s in the afternoon. Rainbow chances are 31%.

Tuesday will likely have inversion clouds in the morning and partly cloudy sky in the afternoon. Temps will be in the mid 30’s early and the mid 40’s in the afternoon. No rainbows. Wednesday looks a lot like Tuesday.

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Road and Mountain Biking

It’s definitely really, really muddy on the trails now. I know because I went running up by Family Man at noon yesterday, and there were rivers and lakes on the trails. Maybe you can ride your road or cross bike on the pavement today?

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Upcoming Events

Today is Sunday. That means there’s community yoga, free or by donation, at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon at 9am. There’s pickup touch rugby at 3pm at the Mosier School, and there’s ping pong at the Hood River Armory at 3pm. At 4pm, there’s a stretching and mobility class at Crossfit Hood River (that’s free or by donation too).

Today is the free winter demo day at Mt. Hood Meadows. Tomorrow is Rotary Night, benefiting the Hood River Rotary Club’s scholarship fund. Get a ticket, even if you’re not going, because it benefits a great cause.

Have an awesome day today!