Random Morning Thoughts
Gratitude Month, day 24: I am grateful today for the fact that we humans have progressed beyond merely surviving. I am grateful that we have expended so much creativity and energy developing ways to have fun. I truly believe that fun, and its big brother joy, are essential needs. Along those same lines, I’m grateful that all of you let me help you find more fun in your life.
Awesome Temira-approved Local Business – Cebu Lounge and Riverside Grill
Hey Portland. Hey Hood River. Skip the cooking this Thanksgiving: ride or sail or ski all day and then head on down to Riverside for Thanksgiving dinner. They’ll take care of your dinner and clean up, with served plated dinners. Traditional turkey and trimmings, or vegetarian, prime rib, and salmon options. Serving 12-9pm. Reservations recommended. 541-386-4410. And as always, the best happy hour in the Gorge 4-6pm and $12 Prime Rib Tuesdays, Temira’s favorite. The folks on the mailing list are in a raffle for free Prime Rib for two. Don’t you wish you were on the mailing list?
Snow Sunshine Forecast
No, there is no Mt. Hood snow anywhere in the extended forecast.
Today looks clear on Mt. Hood with the free air freezing level (FAF) at 12,000 with temps in the mid-40’s this afternoon at 5000′. Wind will be out of the NE at 10mph.
Tomorrow may bring a few high clouds, but the FAF will remain around 12,000. Wind will be out of the S at 10mph early, going to SW 15-20 in the afternoon.
High clouds continue on Tuesday with the FAF at 10,000′ and SW wind at 15-20.
At this point, the model consensus through Thanksgiving is dry, and models seem to be converging on a dry solution for next weekend as well.
Plain Old Local Weather
Clear Clear and cold and stagnant air and massive inversions continue in the Gorge for the next several days. The temp in HR this morning was 22, and the temp at 7300′ was 46. Expect high temps today to be in the upper 30’s. Expect mid-30’s tomorrow. Expect 40 degrees on Tuesday.
Gorge Wind Forecast
When I woke up this morning, there was E .23 gradient between Portland and The Dalles, and the wind was averaging 50 at Rooster. Good day for photos. Bad day for windsurfing and kiting? I dunno, but you can expect 30-40 at Steven’s Locks and 50-60 at Rooster today, fading in the afternoon. On Monday, expect easterlies at 26-30 at Steven’s Locks and 30-40 at Rooster. Tuesday drops down to E 21-24.
Road and Mountain Biking
Hi mountain bikers. I’ve been asked by the trailbuilder to use stronger language about Whoopdee: STAY OFF. Seriously. It’s really muddy from the free-thaw cycle, and those of you riding it are doing serious damage to the tread. STOP. Same goes for Syncline. I’ve had multiple reports that it’s really slick, muddy, and that people are riding off to the side of the trail to avoid the mud, doing more damage. Stop, stop, stop. Go ride Post Canyon, EasyCLIMB or the Gorge 400 out of Wyeth. Those trails handle this weather pattern better. Thank you!
The Clymb: free membership. Cheap gear. Temira approves. Click to join.
Events – email me if I’ve missed any outdoor-related events
Pickup Rugby at 3pm at the Mosier School today.
If you’re interested in serving on the Hood River County Recreation Trails Committee, there are three positions open to application: Moto, Citizen, and Hiker/Runner. Applications are due on December 13th.
Kanaha Beach Park Petition Information
I’m passing on the link to the Kanaha Beach Park petition. My (admittedly incomplete) understanding of the issue is that there’s been a conflict between swimmers and kiters, resulting in a lawsuit to close major portions of the waterfront to vessels (including kiteboards and windsurfers). This lawsuit asks the state to enforce laws already on the books but not currently being enforced. Make a difference: sign the petition. Keep Kanaha accessible to all users.
Have an awesome day today!