5/21 Gorge wind, mountain snow, and bike rides for all

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Temira
Date
 May 21, 2013
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Thank you for using this forecast! Your donations keep this forecast going – despite rumors to the contrary, nobody pays me to write this and post it. This forecast started as a way for me to find better windsurfing conditions. It morphed into a way for me to find better skiing in the winter. Seemed silly to keep that information to myself, so it’s here for you (almost) every day. Make a $12 or larger donation, and you’re on the email list for a year. No dealing with the twice-yearly pledge drive. Sometimes I even have prizes to give away from the email list sponsors. Thank you again for your support! Enjoy the snow and wind and sun!

Good morning,

This morning’s amusing ad:

The Canfield Brothers Yelli Screamy
Really Temira, seriously? You’re advertising a bike? A random bike we’ve never heard of? A freakin’ hardtail? Yes, I am, and I’m doing it because I love this bike. So does Jason Wells, who built GP for you. This bike is the Post Canyon destroyer. Slack head tube for descending.29″ wheels for rolling over stuff. Very, very, very short chainstays for fast responding bike action that’ll make you giggle. And yell. And scream. I slay the Gorge on this bike. You should too.Contact sean@canfieldbrothers.com for more info. We’ll have a demo day in late June. Stay tuned.

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Hopefully everyone has enjoyed the summerlike weather we’ve had lately. It’s going to go on spring vacation for a few days – we’re moving into a few days of colder, rainy weather. Along with the rain, we’ll have very low snow levels: they’ll drop from 5500′ this morning to 3000′ this afternoon, and then they’ll hover around 3500′ for the next couple of days. Keep that in mind if you’re driving over the pass, headed to the 44 road to ride mountain bikes, or if you’re headed up toward Lost Lake for fishing, road biking, standup paddling or camping.


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In an interesting twist, there’s plenty of gradient this morning – .09/.12 – but not much wind. That’s not really surprising given the unstable atmosphere… Anyway, it’s going to be windy today as this weather system swings through: Expect gusty west wind in the upper teens to low twenties through the whole Gorge this morning. Now, here’s the problem: as this system moves in, the wind will pick up, but it now looks this won’t happen until late afternoon. So… pre-emptive driving to Arlington for 30-40mph of wind is going to be the call. It’s going to be short-lived, under 3 hours, so to get it, you’ll have to move fast.

Tomorrow looks windy too, with gusty 15-18 in the western Gorge and gusty 25-29 east of The Dalles. Thursday currently looks light, as a low pressure system sits off the coast, but that could change with this dynamic weather setup.

In other news, sign up now for the free Post Canyon Enduro shuttle on Thursday – call Dirty Fingers to get your name on the list. For you gals, there’s the Post and Pinot women’s mountain bike ride at 5:30 tomorrow, weather permitting, with a free beer and $5 food by Four-and-Twenty after the ride. There’s Short Track mountain bike racing in Cascade Locks on Thursday night.

Have an awesome day today!

Temira