Tuesday. 3/11. Gorge sunshine. Mt. Hood sunshine. Perfect cycling and gardening weather.

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 March 11, 2014

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Random Morning Thoughts

Wow. So sad to see that a massive avalanche took out Chair 6 at Crystal yesterday afternoon. I have so many memories of riding that chair as a kid. I remember feeling so competent and talented and bold and courageous and just plain awesome and rad skiing past all the “experts only” signs and loading that chair as a teenager. I’ll miss it. Sure, they’re planning on building a newer, faster, more reliable chair this summer, and I’ll make new memories there too, but I’ll always cherish the memories I made riding that creaky old double.

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

How does sunshine on the mountain sound to you? Pretty good? You’ll like this forecast. Today will be clear. The freezing level (FL) will be 2000′ early, rising to at least 6000′ in the afternoon and around 9000′ overnight. Wind will be N 10-20 early, switching to E 15 in the afternoon and light S overnight.

Wednesday looks clear. The FL will be 1000′ early, rising to 8000′ in the afternoon. Wind will be SW 10 early and SW 25-30 in the afternoon. Thursday also looks clear. The FL will be 8000′ early and 6000′ in the afternoon with WNW wind at 20 in the morning and W wind at 30 in the afternoon.

Friday sees a wet system move in. At this point, temps look borderline, with the snow level at 5500′ early and 6500′ in the afternoon with about 1” of water value and west wind at 30mph.

Gorge Wind

Yesterday looked to be a lovely day on the river in the eastern Gorge, with a 30mph average at Maryhill when I looked at iWindsurf. Today starts with west wind at 10-15mph, switching to E 15-18 this afternoon. Tomorrow brings east wind at 26-30. Thursday brings light west wind.

Gorge Weather

Oh my oh my. It looks so lovely the next few days. But before we look into the future, let’s look back: How many rainbows did you see yesterday? I saw at least half a dozen, even some to the east, an unusual place to see rainbows in the Gorge. Today will be sunny, with temps in the low 40’s early and mid 50’s in the afternoon with light wind. Wednesday starts with temps in the upper 30’s, warming to the low 60’s in the afternoon under blue sky with light wind. On Thursday, expect temps in the low 40’s early with a high near 60 degrees and light wind.

Road and Mountain Biking

Dust off that bike if you haven’t already, because the road biking and mountain biking are both going to be off the charts the next few days.

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

Tonight is the last game of Kayak Polo for the season. Hood River Pool. 8pm. Tonight is also $12 Prime Rib night at Cebu, 5-9pm. Also tonight, there’s pickup rugby at Collins Field at 5:30pm.

Coming up tomorrow, the Hood River Area Trail Stewards have a movie night at Andrew’s at 6:30pm. There will be great raffle prizes, so show up and support your local trail maintenance and advocacy organization. Also tomorrow night, Columbia Center for the Arts hosts the LunaFest, films about, by and for women. And Portland Mountain Rescue hosts the Telluride Mountain Film Festival in Portland as a fundraising event.

Have an awesome day today!