Thursday. 1/16. Gorge wind. Gorge sun. Gorge inversion. Mt. Hood sun. Road biking heaven.

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 January 16, 2014

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Random Morning Thoughts

This birthday card thing has got me thinking… the world would be a better place and people would be happier if they knew how loved they are. So take some time today and tell just one person not related to you how much you care and why you love them. And ask them to do the same to someone else.

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

Uh… yesterday I meant to say that Skibowl is opening Multorpor on SATURDAY. Not Friday. I’m not sure how I screwed that up, as I’d just finished reading the press release, but I did. But that allows me to mention it again, I guess. Still no word on the nachos.

There is no precipitation forecast for Mt. Hood in the next week. That’s a good thing, really, as it’s going to be warm up there. Expect a sunny day today with the free air freezing level (FAF) around 12,000′ with light and variable wind becoming NW at 10mph in the afternoon. High temps at 5000′ will be in the mid-50’s.

Tomorrow looks like a carbon copy of today. Saturday sees the FAF at 12,000′ with temps at 5000′ around 50 degrees early, dropping into the mid-40’s in the afternoon with SW wind at 10mph. High clouds may move in during the afternoon. Sunday looks cloudy and a bit cooler.

Coming up Monday, it’s Rotary Night at Meadows. At this point, it looks like Rotary Night will be clear and calm. It’s probably safe to buy a ticket in advance for $15.

Gorge Weather

Morning weather check: my feet are frozen from walking outside barefoot. The sky is clear. Hallelujah. It’s going to be a sunny day in the Gorge! Expect temps at river level to rise to the mid 40’s today with much warmer weather in Parkdale. Tomorrow looks like a carbon copy of today. Saturday looks pretty similar too. Maybe a little more chance of some clouds as the east gradient diminishes, but still likely clear, at least until afternoon when some high clouds move in.

Gorge Wind Forecast

Ok. I don’t know what was going on yesterday, but I said east wind, not west wind. It was definitely west wind in the afternoon on the river, but all the smoke at 500′ was drifting westward on an easterly breeze. Anyway, with an east gradient at .10 this morning, we’ll see the east wind build to 26-30 at Rooster Rock. Tomorrow looks a little stronger at Rooster, maybe 30-35. Saturday brings east wind at 15-18.

Surf Report

Still looks like a nice couple of days on the coast: 7’@14 today with light east wind and a high of 52°. Tomorrow is 5’@14 with light east wind becoming SE in the afternoon with a high of 59°. Yeah, so much for that 68° previously predicted high. At least it’ll be sunny at the coast. You’ll have to find someplace in the mountains for your 68 degrees. South wind on Saturday will make the surf no longer worth mentioning.

Road and Mountain Biking

Aargh. I was so hoping for Syncline laps today, but with an overnight temp of 29°, Syncline is going to do the freeze-thaw thing today. So that’s out. Fortunately the road riding is fantastic right now – I did a valley loop yesterday (Eastside-Wells-Straight Hill-etc), and it was at least 10 degrees warmer in Odell than in Hood River, and apparently it was 56 degrees in Parkdale. So find a road ride at elevation today, and dress down.

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

There’s pickup rugby at 3:30pm at Henkle Middle School. At 6:15 tonight, the folks from the Hood River Running Club are getting together at the Event Site to do speed drills. They’ll also be doing a run Saturday at Post Canyon.

Also, please take these surveys. Five minutes of your time will help shape the future of Gorge trails. If nothing else, please do the Lyle survey. It’s very quick, and very important. Take the Lyle trail survey, assessing the needs for a NEW trail system in Lyle. This is very important. Please take 5 minutes to fill it out. Next, please fill out the slightly longer survey about cycling needs and usage in the Columbia Gorge.

Have an awesome day today!