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Random Morning Thoughts
To all the people who’ve asked: No, there isn’t enough snow to hike and ski at Meadows yet.
Wind guessings, prognosticatings and musings
There’s really not much to talk about in the wind department, other than the fact that I’m desperate for the elusive “One Last Session”. It looks unlikely to happen this week, especially given the pervasive fog layer, also known as “The Nothing”, or “The Thing that Lives in the Gorge”.
Expect west wind at 13-15 this afternoon as a front approaches. A building ridge tomorrow afternoon should give us westerlies at 15-18 from Stevenson to The Dalles, after the fog burns off. As that high pressure ridge moves on Friday, the wind switches directions, going to E 17-21.
|Your favorite beach||Dawn
|Your favorite beach||Dawn
|Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site)||light||light||13-15||13-15|
|Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle||light||light||5-10||13-15|
|Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall||light||light||5-10||13-15|
|Arlington / Roosevelt||light||light||5-10||13-15|
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Plain old weather
It appears that today’s rain will start after 2pm, likely around 5pm. No more rain until Sunday. Hip-hip-hooray! In general weather news, the soaked ground will likely lead to some level of Nothing over the next couple of days. Should that be the case, you can head north, south, west, or up to escape the gloom.
The snow level today will be 5500′ early and 4500′ late, with a few inches more snow at 5000′. The freezing level will be 4500′ tomorrow morning, rising to 6500′ in the afternoon. On Friday, the freezing level rises to 10,000′ in the afternoon. Sunday brings the next system. With that one, the snow level will start at 10,000′ and fall to 6000′ after the bulk of the precipitation has passed.
More random TeMIra chatter
I’ve changed my mind: both Washington and Oregon suck. Neither state managed to provide a working health care exchange by the October 1st deadline. Shame on the both of you. Shame on this country – I’m tired of seeing my self-employed friends living in terror of sickness and bankruptcy. (FYI, you can contact certified agents who will go over the plans with you.)
In other political news, while American elected representatives were arguing like third graders, Pope Franics said, speaking randomly, “We need to give hope to young people, help the aged and open ourselves toward the future and spread love.”
And while the Pope became the world’s most important and well-recognized hippie, Al Jazeera English reamed the American media for being too apolitical regarding the government shutdown.
Events n’ stuff
Tonight is Wednesday, and that means you can come witness the machinations of the Hood River Country Recreation Trails Committee at 5pm at the OSU Extension office. We also have the following random events, should they be rain-friendly: Karma Yoga at 4pm at Flow (by donation), pickup rugby at Henkle Middle School (5:30), Sailboat Racing at the HR Marina (wondering when the last race happens, because the website doesn’t seem to be up to date), and pickup Ultimate at Wy’East Middle School in Odell.
Tomorrow night, the HRATS have a BOD meeting at the fire station in HR at 6pm. And at 6:30pm, the Skylight Theater shows my second-favorite movie ever: Rising from Ashes, the story of the Rwandan national cycling team.
You people forgot to tell me about the Grominator skate contest at the Hood River skate park on Saturday. Registration starts at 9am. This should be pure awesome, and you should be there to check it out. On Sunday, there’s the Superhero kids run/walk in The Dalles.
Friday is “First Friday”, an event my Google Calendar shortened to “First”. What can you do? Friday is day one of the Mt. Hood Ski Patrol swap in Hillsboro. It’s also the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.
On Saturday, if you’re in the Gorge, you have a choice of the Green Home Tour (not in the rain, and bike-friendly this year), the Two Dam Punks 10k race (with a kids’ race too) in Stabler, and “Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day” in Cascade Locks (starting in the afternoon at the EasyCLIMB). On Sunday, it’s the Ashland Super D bike race (where there are currently less racers than prizes), combined with the Dirty Fingers campout at Ashland.
Have an awesome day today!