Wind, sun, more sun, more sun, more sun. That means perfect dirt next week!!!!!

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 February 28, 2015

Well, we got our 6” of snow, and now we’re going to get more sunshine. The extended forecast looks sunny for the weekend with a chance of flurries and then more sunshine next week. If we can’t have snowflakes falling from the sky, I guess we’ll take photons! Continued below the chart…

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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The day after

Expect some clouds and a few flurries this morning as the strong east wind creates some orographic clouds and rips the moisture out of the air. As the air dries, the sky will clear, leaving us with a sunny day. The snow level will be less than 1000′ early and 2000′ in the afternoon. Wind will be NE 30 early, rising to NE 40 by midday and dropping back to NE 30 in the afternoon.

Sunday starts out clear. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be 1000′ or less in the morning and 5000′ in the afternoon with temps in the upper 20’s at 5000′. Wind will be NNE 10-15 early and W 10 in the afternoon Clouds move in overnight.

There’s a chance of flurries on Monday morning, at which point the snow level will be at 500-1000′. Don’t expect much – less than an inch of snow will fall. By afternoon, the sky will clear and the FAF will be at 2000′. Wind Monday will be light and variable early and N 25 in the afternoon. Expect clear sky and colder weather Monday with moderate to strong N wind.

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Gorge Wind

There’s not much east gradient through the Gorge today, but it is windy. I didn’t have time to check the synoptic scale (that a fancy way of saying ‘bigger picture’), but I suspect there’s a bigger easterly gradient from somewhere in the desert to somewhere in the Pacific. Anyway, expect easterlies at 20-25 at Steven’s Locks and 30-40 at Rooster today. Tomorrow starts with E 20-23 at RR and drops to light and variable (LTV) in the afternoon. Monday starts LTV and picks up to (gusty, duh) W 20-23 in the afternoon from Steven’s Locks to Doug’s.

At the coast today, expect (north/central/south): 15-20/20-25/30-40, 6’@10. Tomorrow: 15-20/15-20/30-35, 4’@9.

Random Morning Thoughts

When I rolled over this morning and looked at my phone to check the time (it was 3:48am), I had a text from a friend on the east coast. “I had sex!” read the text. I think my neighbors probably heard me laughing. I couldn’t stop. I laughed and laughed and laughed. That was a hell of a good way to start the day.

Laughter’s good stuff. I know I’ve reminded you before to do things that will make your friends laugh. I’ll remind you again, because my silly east coast friend reminded me this morning. My wise therapist once told me to go watch or read something funny to make myself laugh if I was feeling really bad, because that would help snap me out of it. She was right. Laughter’s the best anti-depressant, and being happy is the best preventative medicine you can take.

You might not have any medical qualifications, but you can make people feel a heck of a lot better by making them laugh. =)

Gorge Weather Forecast

It’s partly cloudy out there this morning, and the sky will clear today. Expect temps in the low 40’s eraly and the upper 40’s in the afternoon with a touch of east breeze through the entire Gorge wind tunnel. Tomorrow looks clear and sunny. Temps will be in the upper 20’s early and the upper 40’s to low 50’s in the afternoon. Monday starts out cloudy with just a free sprinkles possible. We’ll see sunshine by noon Monday. Temps will be in the mid 30’s early and the low 50’s in the afternoon. If the possible sprinkles become reality, there’s a 76% chance of rainbows on Monday morning. Dry weather returns after Monday, well, dry and cold Tuesday and Wednesday and warmer for the rest of the week, so no rainbows for a while after Monday.

White Sprinter Van of the Day


Road and Mountain Biking

I went for a jog in Post Canyon yesterday midday. It was muddy. I suspect it will be a little too muddy to ride today, and that you’d be better served by riding Syncline. But who knows… maybe by afternoon it will be okay in Post. Out on the roads, you can expect drying conditions and increasing east wind as the day goes on. Tomorrow afternoon looks fantastic for road biking: sunny and dry with light wind. Monday looks a little rougher – the afternoon west wind will make for a headwind on many rides.

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Upcoming Events

Today is Saturday. You can join the Tri Club for a run at Post Canyon at 8am. Meadows has a free avy awareness clinic at 1pm. They also have a meet n’ greet with Sammy Carlson today. There’s community yoga at 9am at Yoga Samadhi, ping pong at 3pm at the Hood River Armory, pickup touch rugby at 3pm at the Mosier School, and community yoga at 6pm at Root Down in Hood River.

Have an awesome day today!