5/24 Gorge wind, Mt. Hood snow, muddy trails, and Mayuary.

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Temira
Date
 May 24, 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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It’s still winter out there. No, really. Temps are in the mid-40’s, it’s raining, it’s cloudy, there’s another 4” of new snow at Timberline… heck, this is one of the best snowstorms of ski season, and ski season is long gone!

Short Track racing in the rain and mud was fun last night in Cascade Locks. You really should come try it; they fed us burgers and brauts and built us a big bonfire last night. The racing part was fun too. Enduro racers didn’t have such a nice day yesterday: Dirty Fingers canceled the pre-race shuttle that was scheduled for Post n’ Pint night. Conditions on the course are too slick to ride right now.

Speaking of, please stay off the Post Canyon trails right now if you’re on wheels of any sort or on a horse. Drenched clay soil soil trails are susceptible to damage. If you want to go for a jog up there, I wish you luck. It’ll be like running on a skating rink. A sloped skating rink.

Anyway, no matter how messy the trails become, the prom is still on for Saturday night.


The Clymb: free membership. Cheap gear. Temira approves. Click to join.

Unfortunately, this wintery weather pattern is not conducive to wind in the Gorge. It’s not windy in the winter. Why would the Gorge provide wind-driven fun in wintery Mayuary? However, we’ll still have rain, and I know you guys love rain. You’re from the Northwest and BC, mostly. Your joints get sticky without rain. Anyway: sprinkles today, maybe some sunbreaks this afternoon, scattered sprinkles and more sun tomorrow, heavy rain Saturday night, and showers and sunbreaks Sunday.

In today’s wind forecast, you can expect glassy conditions this morning. As the offshore low and an associated front moves east this afternoon, we’ll see very gusty west wind at 22-25 in the desert and 13-15 from Stevenson to The Dalles. Tomorrow sees another closed low set up off the coast, minimizing gradients across the Gorge. Expect light wind that picks up to W 10-13 in the afternoon. Sunday starts light, and as a weak low moves east, the wind will pick up to gusty 17-21. This pattern continues through Wednesday.

At least there’s not going to be any need to water gardens for a few days!

Have an awesome day today!

Temira