Thursday. 10/3. Gorge wind (yes). Mt. Hood snow (no). Special Use Permits (maybe). Lots of events (fo sho).

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Temira
Date
 October 3, 2013
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Thanks for being here all summer for the wind forecast. It’s fall now, and that means it’s time for … more windsurfing and kiting! No, it’s time to think about skiing.

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Random Morning Thoughts

The sky is blue this morning. Blue and pink. The mountains are white. I wish I was going to be outside taking advantage of this situation.

Wind guessings, prognosticatings and musings

Looks like a lovely setup to me. At 7am, there really wasn’t much wind on the water, but that’s just because it’s cold out. The wind, like you, enjoys cold mornings under warm blankets. Like you, the wind prefers to rise with the mercury.

That said, when the mercury does rise, so will the wind. We’re starting with .07 across the Cascades this morning, and that will be enough for 17-21 today from Hood River to Mosier in the morning. Heck, I’ll go out on a limb and say we’ll see a brief period of 21-23 midday from Hood River to Mosier. In the afternoon, expect 17-21 from Stevenson to The Dalles.

Tomorrow brings east wind at 21-24 at Stevenson and Rooster, and Saturday brings easterlies at 15-18.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Patrol
9am-
11:30a
11:30a-
3pm
3pm-
dusk
Steven’s Locks light light 15-18 17-21
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) light 17-21 21-23 15-18
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle light 15-18 17-21 21-24
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall light 5-10 10-15 14-17
Arlington / Roosevelt light light 5-10 10-13


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Plain old weather

The weather will remain dry through Sunday. However, that doesn’t mean forecasting the weather isn’t tricky. With very wet ground and very cool overnight temps, there’s a good chance the dewpoint and temperature will meet over the next few days, forming the dreaded Nothing over the Gorge. Models definitely predict a temperature inversion, and that’s tips us towards the nothing. However, models don’t show the temps and dewpoints meeting.

Do I still have you? No? I didn’t think so. Anyway, I think Friday is the best chance for the inversion fog. It’s possible Saturday and Sunday, but even if we see it, I don’t think it will last all day.

Not much point in talking about snow levels with no rain in the forecast, eh?

Rumor quashing

Timberline and Meadows operate under special use permits from the USFS. With the government currently in shutdown mode, people have been raising the question of whether the resorts can run. Timberline is currently operating as usual. Meadows is currently doing regular season prep. It remains to be seen what will happen if the shutdown continues for an extended period of time.

If the shutdown continues for an extended period of time, we’ll have much bigger problems to consider than ski season, as the USA will go into default on its debts on October 17th.

Mountain biking

OMG the dirt is amazing at Syncline right now. Yeah. Now. Right now. Good luck finding parking, because the new parking isn’t complete and the old parking is mostly closed. But the trails are in stellar shape. Not sure what’s going on in Post Canyon. Bet it’s muddy in spots and spectacular elsewhere. Someone’s going to have to ride for me today and find out (loud cheers as thousands of people volunteer to test perfect dirt). Whoopdee’s open, folks. Get some of that too.

And if you ride Syncline, I highly recommend you do not crash into a sea of poison oak like I did yesterday.

Events n’ stuff

Timberline and Meadows operate under special use permits from the USFS. With the government currently in shutdown mode, people have been raising the question of whether the resorts can run. Timberline is currently operating as usual. Meadows is currently doing regular season prep. It remains to be seen what will happen if the shutdown continues for an extended period of time.

If the shutdown continues for an extended period of time, we’ll have much bigger problems to consider than ski season, as the USA will go into default on its debts on October 17th.

Events (please email me if you know of more)

Happy Thursday. At 6:30pm, the Skylight Theater shows my second-favorite movie ever: Rising from Ashes, the story of the Rwandan national cycling team. I love this movie. I love my Team Rwanda jersey even more. It’s beautiful.

Tomorrow is First Friday in Hood River. Art, socializing, food, wine, etc. Tomorrow is also the first day of the Mt. Hood Ski Patrol snowsports swap out in Hillsboro. And… it’s the fest day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, the environment, and apparently also the voice of love, reason, and hippiedom.

Saturday is the Green Home Tour in Mosier and Hood River. It’s also Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day in Cascade Locks in the afternoon. In the morning, there’s the Grominator skate contest at the Hood River Skate Park. Join CGWA from 9-noon for a work party at the Hatchery. And if you run, you can do the Two Dam Punks 10k at Stabler.

Sunday is the Ashland Super D bike race, and it’s also the kid-friendly Superhero Run in The Dalles.

Have an awesome day today!

Temira