Tuesday. Mt. Hood drizzle and snow. Gorge east and west wind. Cooooooold weather next week.

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 December 23, 2014


Random Morning Thoughts

I spend a lot of time alone. I work alone most of the time at weird hours in a dark office. I recreate alone most of the time. I’m not into spending time at bars socializing. I like books and movies and writing. And that’s all cool. One of the things I like most about working alone is the part of my job where I pick up the phone at 4:30 and call someone to talk about the weather. Usually it’s my friend Rob. Sometimes it’s Sean or Brian or Jeremy or Nick or Laura. In the past it’s been Tighe and Nicolai.

I’ve really enjoyed getting to know these faceless folks through our morning conversations. They start off my day on a happy note, even when the folks on the other end of the line have very little time to chat. So, I think what I’m saying is that a friendly (or grumpy) voice on the other end of the phone line can make somebody’s day. Pick up the phone once in a while and call someone just to say hi. It’s the holidays. Maybe call a few extra people, because you’ll probably bring a big smile to someone’s face, and that’s always a good thing. Happy holidays!


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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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The day after

Mt. Hood Snow

It is misting up on Mt. Hood this morning, and will continue to do so intermittently through the morning, becoming less misty in the afternoon and more rainy overnight, with low clouds and sun up high midday. The snow level today will be 7500′ early and 9000′ in the afternoon with .1-.2” water value (WV) as rain during the day and another round of light sprinkles overnight. Wind today will be SW 20-25 in the morning and WSW 20-25 in the afternoon.

Wednesday will likely start off with rain, but the rain will switch to snow before daybreak. The snow level will be 6500-7000′ early, dropping to 3500′ by 7am and 1500′ by noon. Total precip will be .4-.5” WV by 4pm, for 2-4” of snow, followed by another .1-.2”’ WV overnight, for 2-3” more snow. Wind will be SW 30-40 early, becoming NW 20-30 by 7am and NW 30-35 in the afternoon.

Thursday starts off with terrain-enhanced (orographic) snow flurries. Expect flurries and sunbreaks all day with the snow level at 500-1000′. total precip will be .2” WV by 4pm, for 1-3” of snow, followed by another .2-.4” WV overnight, for 2-5” of snow. The wind will be quite strong Thursday: NW 40-50 in the morning and NW 30-40 midday, becoming N 30-40 in the afternoon. Friday starts off with flurries and likely ends up sunny. Another system hits Saturday and Sunday with 1-1.5” WV and the snow level around 4000′, for a foot or more of snow.

After Sunday, the weather looks dry for a while with warm high pressure air off the coast and cold high pressure air in the desert, which could make it either warm or cold on the mountain, but likely quite (east) windy and sunny. Nothing like a little uncertainty!

Gorge Wind

There’s an easterly breeze at the western end of the Gorge this morning, but the easterly breeze at the western end will turn to a westerly breeze in the central and eastern Gorge this afternoon. Expect W 10-13 after 1pm. Tomorrow looks like a decent west wind day. It’s hard to pin down the exact location this time of year, but expect building westerlies through the day as high pressure off the coast combines with inland low pressure for a bigish day on the river. Expect 25-29+ in the afternoon from Hood River (maybe) or Mosier (possibly) or Doug’s (almost definitely), eastward to Arlington. Remember, there is a lot of debris in the water right now due to the weekend rain, so if you’re going out, be very careful. West wind continues at 21-24 on Thursday.

Gorge Weather

Yesterday sure turned out a lot nicer than I thought it would! I hope today does the same! I just went outside, and it’s overcast. No stars. Expect a partly cloudy day today after the low clouds burn off. Temps will be in the low 40’s early and the low 50’s this afternoon. It’s possible we’ll see a few sprinkles in the morning, which means we could see a rainbow. Chances are 13%.

Tomorrow will be cloudy and showery with sunbreaks. Temps will be in the low 40’s early and the mid 40’s in the afternoon. Rainbow chances are 97%. Thursday looks partly cloudy with just a few sprinkles. Temps will be in the mid 30’s early and the low 40’s in the afternoon. Parkdale may see some snowflakes. Rainbow chances at river level at 72%.

In the long range forecast, Friday looks showery early and sunny late, Saturday looks rainy, Sunday starts rainy and becomes sunny, and then dry, sub-freezing air moves in Sunday through the extended period. You may be able to use the Gorge as your fridge Thursday and Friday nights, but you’ll be able to use it as your freezer from Sunday on.

White Sprinter Van of the Day


Road and Mountain Biking

Muddy out there. Unless you know otherwise. I went for a road bike ride yesterday, and it seemed like someone must have put out a memo, because lots of people were road biking. It was a nice day for it. Today will also be a nice day for road biking: light wind and limited, if any, rain.

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Upcoming Events

Happy Tuesday. You can play pickup touch rugby tonight at the May Street ballfields at 5pm. You can do a headlamp trail run with the Tri Club folks at 6:15pm at Post Canyon. There’s $12 Prime Rib at Cebu from 5pm to 9pm. Tomorrow is Christmas Eve. Aikido is canceled. Kayak Polo is canceled. I don’t know if there’s anything that’s not canceled.

Have an awesome day today!