Wednesday. 5/14. Gorge wind. Gorge dirt. Mt. Hood sprinkles. No rainbows, sorry.

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Temira
Date
 May 14, 2014
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Random Morning Thoughts

You know what I love most about spring? I love not being cold. I love sitting in my house writing a forecast in a tank top without a beanie on my head. I love walking outside with enough skin exposed for the mosquitoes to bite me and the bees to sting me. I could do without the bites and stings, but it’s a small price to pay for sun-kissed skin.

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

As much as I don’t like seeing sprinkles in the forecast for Mt. Hood this weekend, I’d rather see sprinkles than snowy roads…

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Patrol
9am-
11:30a
11:30a-
3pm
3pm-
dusk
Rooster’s Rocks E 22-25 E 24-28 E 20-24 E 10-15
Steven’s Locks E 14-18 E 21-24 E 21-24 E 10-15
The rest of Da Gorge E 0-5 E 3-6 E 8-13 E 3-6

Gorge Wind

We had a .09 east gradient at 6am. Well, 6:30am, because that’s what time it was when I dragged myself out of bed. We’ll see easterlies pick up to 24-28 at at Rooster and 21-24 at Steven’s Locks. The wind will fade to 15-18 this afternoon, with 5-10 from Wyeth (home of the Gorge 400 trail) eastward all day. Tomorrow starts with easterlies at 10mph or so, becoming calm mid-morning and switching to westerly early afternoon. Expect the wind to rise to 21-24 from Stevenson to Moiser by 4pm, with slightly stronger wind slightly possible.

Friday brings westerlies at 24-28, but the exact location depends on how strong a marine push we get. Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena, Avery, and the Maryhill beaches are as close to a sure thing as you’ll get on Friday. The Columbia is at 221,000cfs right now. That’s a good level for Maryhill.

Gorge Weather

We had a .09 east gradient at 6am. Well, 6:30am, because that’s what time it was when I dragged myself out of bed. We’ll see easterlies pick up to 24-28 at at Rooster and 21-24 at Steven’s Locks. The wind will fade to 15-18 this afternoon, with 5-10 from Wyeth (home of the Gorge 400 trail) eastward all day. Tomorrow starts with easterlies at 10mph or so, becoming calm mid-morning and switching to westerly early afternoon. Expect the wind to rise to 21-24 from Stevenson to Moiser by 4pm, with slightly stronger wind slightly possible.

Friday brings westerlies at 24-28, but the exact location depends on how strong a marine push we get. Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena, Avery, and the Maryhill beaches are as close to a sure thing as you’ll get on Friday. The Columbia is at 221,000cfs right now. That’s a good level for Maryhill.

Road and Mountain Biking

This evening is the Post n’ Pinot all levels women’s mountain bike ride at Dirty Fingers, brought to you by the Dirty Harlots and colorful emails of Ms. Heather Pola. If you want to join this magical forest-bound procession of estrogen and boobies, meet at Dirty Fingers at 5:30. You’ll be provided with a free recovery beverage – beer or a glass of wine – after the event. Tomorrow night is the Dirty Fingers Post n’ Pint, a magical procession of sweaty balls, manliness, and testosterone.

The road biking will be spectacular today, with light wind on the pavement. I went for a recovery ride on the road yesterday, and ended up riding 42 miles because the pavement was so tacky. Oops. Recovery ride today, then. The road biking tomorrow will also be good, at least until noon, when we’ll start seeing traces of westerlies.


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River Levels

OMG. I forgot to call Wet Planet AGAIN. Or Drifters. Or anyone else. The Hood is at 5.1′ and the Klickitat is at 2100. Those levels are, in my world, perfect.

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

There is sailboat racing at the Hood River Marina this evening. There’s Karma Yoga at 4pm at Flow. There’s ping pong at the Hood River armory at 6:30pm.

Coming up this weekend, it’s the last day of ski season at Meadows on Saturday. Timberline, of course is open pretty much all summer. Also Saturday, there’s a free youth fishing clinic for kids under 13 at Middle Fork Pond. There’s Gorge Cup windsurfing at the Hood River Event Site, and there’s a meeting about the future of the Lower White Salmon at the Husum Fire Hall at 9am. That’s all on Saturday.

On Sunday, there’s a multi-sport swap meet at Windance, and Big Winds has a free youth standup paddle clinic from 1-4. That clinic is for kids from age 7 to age 14.

Have an awesome day today!

Temira