Wednesday. 1/15. Gorge wind. Coast surf. Mt. Hood sun. Good biking weather.

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 January 15, 2014

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Random Morning Thoughts

There are a couple of opportunities out there right now for hikers, bikers of all types, and equestrians to voice their opinions. First, 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.

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

First: Skibowl is opening Multorpor chairlift Saturday through Monday. Yay, Skibowl! Now just get the Upper Bowl open, and I’ll be over for night skiing and nachos at the Beer Stube. =)

That probably won’t happen soon, as the Mt. Hood snow forecast has returned to its previous theme of “ain’t gonna snow any time soon” as a strong ridge of high pressure builds over the PNW. As a matter of fact, it’s going to be so far from snowy weather that a bikini will be perfectly appropriate attire tomorrow and Friday.

Today looks clear and sunny with the FAF at 12,000′. Temps at 5000′ will rise to the mid-50’s. Wind will be W25 early, becoming WNW20 in the afternoon.

Thursday looks clear and sunny with the FAF at 12,000. Temps at 5000′ will be around 50 in the morning and 60 in the afternoon. Wind will be NW 20 early and NW 10 in the afternoon.

Friday also looks clear and sunny with the FAF around 12,000. Temps at 5000′ will be around 60 in the morning and 65 in the afternoon with light wind. See. Bikini weather.

We’ll see some high clouds on Saturday with temps in the 40’s. Precipitation is unlikely, but a gorgeous sunrise is very likely.

Gorge Weather

Morning weather check: Slightly chilly. Overcast. Can see breath. Pavement is dry. Looks like we’re in for a foggy, cloudy start, folks. The models insist the clouds will burn off again, so I’m going to have faith that we’ll see sunshine this afternoon. Temps will start in the mid-30’s and rise to the mid 40’s. Tomorrow looks like a carbon copy of today. Friday looks to bring a little earlier clearing and slightly higher afternoon temps.

Gorge Wind Forecast

The Gorge wind didn’t agree with my forecast yesterday, and I ended up riding into just the slightest headwind on my way home. Today starts off with a bit of a west gradient, and wind in the teens east of Hood River. That wind should fade. By tomorrow, we’ll have easterlies at 26-30 at Rooster and a bit less at CL. Same for Friday. The wind will likely back off on the weekend as a week system diminishes the power of the high pressure ridge, briefly.

Surf Report

If I were you, I’d pack my car and head to the coast on Friday, when the forecast is for 5’@14 seconds with light east wind and a high temp of 68° at Pacific City. Yep. That’s the NOAA forecast. Today is for NE wind at 10 with 9’@14 and 57°. Tomorrow is 5’@13, light east wind, and 61°.

Road and Mountain Biking

I had a delightful road ride yesterday afternoon from Hood River to East Mayer Park. There’s really not a lot of gravel on the roads, and there are really a lot of deer hanging around in that area. Strangely, despite the sun, there were only 4 other cyclists on that ride. What I’m wondering today, as the inversion strengthens, is where we can ride road bikes above the inversion – it’s going to be 60 degrees up high the next couple of days, and I want to be there. Goldendale? Glenwood? Larch Mountain? Any ideas?

The dirt should dry out and get better over the next couple of days too, as it looks like we’ll stay just above freezing each night.

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

There’s Karma Yoga at 4pm at Flow tonight (free/by donation) and there’s ping pong at the Hood River Armory 6:30-8:30pm.

Have an awesome day today!