10/2 Gorge wind and event(s)

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 October 2, 2012

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It’s another lovely Indian Summer day, and last night’s west wind has cleared the smoke from the Gorge. I was road biking on Larch Mountain yesterday (the Larch Mountain in Oregon, not the Larch Mountain in Washington with the mountain biking trails), and it was really smoky. Oh what a difference a day makes.

There are a couple of weak cold fronts moving across the PNW today, and that’s making it windy. With the cloud line somewhere west of Hood River, Hood River will be the spot for strongest wind today, with a caveat: this is frontally driven wind, so it’s going to be gusty, and I suspect that the strongest wind this afternoon will shift to Stevenson, as the central Gorge gets really gusty.

That said, we have a .15 gradient as I write this report. That’s going to be good enough for a quick build to 27-30 at Swell and Mosier this morning, with 21-24+ in Hood River. Come afternoon, we’ll see 26-29 at Stevenson, with gusty 24-28 near Hood River and the Doug’s/Rowena stretch.

The wind situation gets really interesting this evening, at temps in the desert plummet and high pressure builds in over eastern Oregon. We’ll see easterlies at 30-40+ tomorrow, with the strongest wind from 10am-1pm at Rooster and Stevenson. Yes, this would be a good day for the Home Valley downwinder, assuming you have small enough gear.

Easterlies continue in the 25-29 range through Friday.

The only thing I have on my calendar for this weekend (suggestions, please), is the supported road ride between Oak Ridge and Blue River, supposedly super beautiful, but affected to an unknown level by smoke from wildfires.

Speaking of wildfires, the easterlies will come with humidity in the 10% range, so be very careful with fire over the next few days. Also, there’s a decent chance of frost both tonight and tomorrow night, so protect your sensitive plants.

Have an awesome day today!