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Random Morning Thoughts
I have decided to call this incoming rain event the Mabo Ramen Express, as the jet stream is coming from Japan and my favorite Japanese thing in Hood River is the Mabo Ramen at Kaze.
Wind and weather and Mt. Hood snow levels (no, no snow amounts yet)
“CONFIDENCE IS PRETTY HIGH THAT MOST OF OUR FORECAST AREA WILL SEE RAINFALL ON THE ORDER OF MULTIPLE INCHES BY SUNDAY EVENING. AT THE MOMENT 2-3 INCHES APPEAR TO BE THE BEST ESTIMATE FOR THE INTERIOR LOWLANDS…WITH 4-8 INCHES OR EVEN MORE IN THE COAST RANGE AND CASCADES. THIS WOULD BE A RECORD BREAKING EVENT…ALL IN ALL…QUITE THE FORMIDABLE START TO THE AUTUMN SEASON.” -NOAA
This weekend’s storm system is no joke, and you can feel the NOAA forecasters’ excitement by reading the Portland area forecast discussion, sampled above. Here in the Gorge, we’ll get drenched. You folks in the Portland area are going to get soaked, actually, drowned is probably a better word, and you’re going to get blasted by high wind on Saturday.
As for the wind in the Gorge, we’ll have 13-15 this morning, fading in the afternoon as the rain starts. Tomorrow and Sunday will be calm in the central Gorge, as it rains and rains and rains, especially in Cascade Locks, but out at Arlington and Threemile, after noon both days, it will likely blow in the super-gusty, up-and-down 28-32 range. Saturday looks like a better bet than Sunday.
If you want to be outside and dry, jump on it this morning or plan to head east of Hood River for the rest of the weekend. Tomorrow looks pretty wet all day, tomorrow night looks positively Biblical in rainfall amounts, and Sunday looks quite wet too.
Snow levels will be 8000′ today, 9000′ tomorrow, 7000′ on Sunday morning, and 9000′ Sunday afternoon. Sorry, skiers, snowboarders, and ski resorts..
|Your favorite beach||Dawn
|Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site)||13-15||13-15||7-11||light|
|Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle||5-10||5-10||light||light|
|Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall||5-10||5-10||light||light|
|Arlington / Roosevelt||5-10||5-10||light||light|
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Stuff happening tonight, this weekend, and other stuff too
Oh my god the dirt is so good right now. Go ride this morning before the rain starts, because we are about to lose the mountain biking trails for a week or so. On a brighter note, it’s going to be good weather for building trail.
For fun this weekend, gore-tex clad cyclists do the Echelon Gran Fondo charity ride on Saturday. Also Saturday, you can help pretty up Hood River’s Waterfront Park at a weeding party from 9-4. There’s Hops Fest, of course, starting at noon, and on Saturday night, it’s the Hoedown, raising money for the Cooper Spur Race Team. If you don’t have tickets, grab them at Waucoma Books. The Thirsty Woman’s goodbye party is this weekend, and I was sure I saw it posted somewhere as Saturday, which makes sense, but someone told me yesterday that the party is Sunday. So if you want to go, you’ll have to call the Thirsty Woman (they didn’t get back to me via email) and ask them when to show up.
If you’d like to be inside this weekend, you can get a free ticket for you and a friend to Maryhill Museum of Art for Saturday by going to Smithsonianmag.com/museumday.
Then on Sunday, Gorgeowned has a float down the White Salmon, along with special guides giving a Sense of Place lecture. That should be pretty cool, and with all the rain, the water should come up, making for an exciting trip. Oh yes, kayakers must be absolutely freaking out with excitement over this forecast. The rivers are going to shoot way, way up. Be careful out there, kayaking buddies.
Have an awesome day today!