Monday. 10/28. Gorge wind. Weather. Events.

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Temira
Date
 October 28, 2013
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It’s fall now, and that means it’s time for … more windsurfing and kiting! No, silly. It’s time to think about skiing.

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Random Morning Thoughts

Mother Nature stumped the forecaster. But it’s still windy, so obviously that doesn’t matter.

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Wind guessings, prognosticatings and musings

This morning’s setup is fascinating, should you care about the wonky details of wind forecasting. The atmospheric pressure in Portland, The Dalles, and Hood River is equal at 29.88/1012.19. Yet it’s windy at Stevenson and also windy at Rooster. Quite windy. Averaging in the mid-twenties kind of windy.

Why? Upper level winds are wrapping in a northeasterly way around a low pressure system currently located near the CA/OR border. So, maybe this is more of a synoptic (big) scale east wind event, with the pressure gradient regionwide, rather than local. And no, I don’t really want to spend a bunch of time looking at pressures at various airports to figure it out 100% – well, actually, I do. But I’m guessing the aggregate desire you folks have for a timely forecast beats my need to get obsessive about today’s details.

Instead, I suggest you go windsurfing or kiting at Stevenson or Rooster, or do some sort of downwinder. Easterlies should hold in the 25-35 range for much of the day today, depending on where you’re going.

Tomorrow looks like a light start, with westerlies picking up to 10-13 late in the afternoon from Stevenson to Today looks lovely, but be aware of widespread northeast wind. Tomorrow starts off quite cold – upper 20’s to low 30’s – with frost likely throughout the Hood River Valley. But after that, we should see sunny weather. Wednesday starts out sunny, but an afternoon warm front brings high clouds and a chance of sprinkles. Not rain, mind you. Sprinkles.

The next chance for real rain is next weekend, as a powerful system slams into the Northwest. That’s also the next chance for snow, although it currently looks like the snow level will be fairly high before the system hits, falling to just 5000′ or so in the midst of the storming.
Hood River. On Wednesday, a weak weather system approaches the PNW – a warm front, actually – giving us westerlies at 15-18 for much of the day.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Patrol
9am-
11:30a
11:30a-
3pm
3pm-
dusk
Steven’s Locks E 25-30 25-30 25-30 25-30
Rooster’s Rocks E 28-32 28-32 28-32 28-32
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) E 5-10 E 5-10 E 5-10 E 5-10
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle light light light light
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall light light light light
Arlington / Roosevelt light light light light

Plain old weather

Today looks lovely, but be aware of widespread northeast wind. Tomorrow starts off quite cold – upper 20’s to low 30’s – with frost likely throughout the Hood River Valley. But after that, we should see sunny weather. Wednesday starts out sunny, but an afternoon warm front brings high clouds and a chance of sprinkles. Not rain, mind you. Sprinkles.

The next chance for real rain is next weekend, as a powerful system slams into the Northwest. That’s also the next chance for snow, although it currently looks like the snow level will be fairly high before the system hits, falling to just 5000′ or so in the midst of the storming.


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Biking

It rained just enough yesterday to make the trails in Post slippery, which means it rained just enough to make the trails lovely today once they’ve had a chance to dry out a little bit. And road riders, you spandex folks should expect some northeast wind wherever you ride today.

Events – email me if I’ve missed any outdoor-related events

I don’t have much on my calendar for next weekend yet, which is why you peeps are going to email me and tell me what’s going on around the Gorge during the next week. I do know that Mt. Hood Meadows is having a winter kickoff event at the resort Saturday and Sunday. If you have a pass, you can score extra discounts on gear. I’m trying to determine exactly which gear, but haven’t heard back yet.

If you want a pass to Meadows, purchase it before the end of the day Sunday, because prices go up after November 3rd.

Thursday, in case you didn’t already know, is Halloween.

Have an awesome day today!

Temira