6/4 Gorge wind and events

Posted by
Temira
Date
 June 4, 2012
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Good morning,

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Well, it’s definitely a wet one out there this morning, with the Hood River Weather rain gauge already showing almost a quarter inch of precipitation. The big blob of moisture on the radar is coming straight out of the south with no signs of stopping. I knew I shouldn’t have watered my garden last night. Ah well. The garden will be extra happy, and it always seems to grow better with rain than with hose water.

Looks like we’re in for a couple of cold, wet days, as a strong storm system cruises along the Oregon / California border. The heavy rain will continue through much of today, with a slight break in the early evening, and then more heavy rain tomorrow. With the rain today, we’ll see the snow level around 8000′, but tomorrow afternoon, it drops to 4000′ or so, so be aware if you’re headed out hiking or mountain biking or climbing.

The wind through the Gorge starts off light today, not picking up until late in the evening, probably too late to be useful. Tie your garbage cans down tonight, because it’s going to 30+ sometime after midnight, with very strong wind through the Gorge tomorrow. It’ll probably be wet in Hood River, with gusty upper teens, but east of The Dalles (and maybe Doug’s / Rowena) will see 30+ or maybe 35+ tomorrow.

Another storm system off the coast limits the westerlies on Wednesday to 10-15 in the morning and 21-23 in the afternoon.

Coming up this weekend, more than I can mention. A quick rundown: The trailbuilder appreciation dinner, Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, the Black Dog Dual Sport, a family-friendly bike campout in Cascade Locks, a work party at Doug’s Beach and Cascade Locks’ easyCLIMB trail, and the Tour de Hood. Oh yeah, and surfer and shaper extraordinaire Gerry Lopez at Big Winds on Saturday.

Have an awesome day today!

Temira

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