9/18 Forecast

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Temira
Date
 September 18, 2011
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Now that the kids are back in school, the nights are cooling off, and the tourists are starting to leave the Gorge, it’s time to think skiing and snowboarding. Meadows passes are now on sale for the you-don’t-need-three-friends price of $499. Included in that price is the new Stadium Express lift (use your imagination and giggle when you realize the only possible abbreviation for that lift), eliminating the need for you to use the cattle crossing to Star (snowboarders, cheer loudly). The new lift gets you over to Star, HRM and Heather (it tops out at the same spot as Heather) without waiting in the MHX line. At this point, we’re looking at a weak La Nina or a neutral year, meaning average (450”) or better (max=830”) snowfall. I’ll do the statistical analysis and get back to you. Buy your season pass now!

I’ll start off the forecast today by saying that we’re not going to see much wind for the next few days. We’ll have light west wind today, picking up to 10-15 later. Tomorrow brings very light wind and Tuesday brings east wind at 10-15.

With the wind forecast out of the way, we can talk about the rain, which is good for the firefighter, the mountain bikers and the gardeners. We’ll see on and off rain today, picking up late this afternoon, but if you’re a weather watcher, you’ll be feeling a bit blind, as NOAA is upgrading Portland’s Doppler radar, so you won’t be able to see the rain coming hours in advance. That radar should be back up next week.


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If you’re looking for something to do today, the Tieton River is running and there’s a river rodeo today. If you’re sticking around here, there’s a cyclocross race at the Hood River High School, and it’s Dog Days at Skibowl from 10:30 to 1:30. This event’s a benefit for Oregon Guide Dogs for the Blind. There are doggie goodies, hiking with dogs, and a best pet trick contest.

Fall is pretty much here, and that means the weekly activities are coming to an end. Free Monday Tai Chi is over, and this is the last week for Mountain View’s casual alternative bike ride on Monday evenings.

I’d also like to give a big thanks to everyone who showed up for the cleanup on the White Salmon River yesterday. The cleanup crew removed a giant dumpster (think industrial-sized) of trash from the river and the area around the boat ramp. It may not look wild and scenic at the mouth of the White Salmon now, but it’s a lot prettier than it was.

Speaking of the White Salmon, they’ve been trucking fish above Condit Dam, as they expect many of the eggs below the dam will be washed away when they blow it. So, if you head above Northwestern Lake (which looks more like a river now), you can see spawning salmon in the White Salmon again. Pretty cool.
I’ll start off the forecast today by saying that we’re not going to see much wind for the next few days. We’ll have light west wind today, picking up to 10-15 later. Tomorrow brings very light wind and Tuesday brings east wind at 10-15.

Have an awesome day today!

Temira

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