10/3 Gorge wind and events

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 October 3, 2012

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Yesterday we started with a .15 west gradient. Today we’re starting with a .15 east gradient, and that’s going to get quite a bit bigger as the day goes one. Expect easterlies to average well over 30mph at Stevenson by midday, with windspeeds flirting with 40mph at Rooster Rock.

Tomorrow and Friday both see easterlies at 30+ at Stevenson and Rooster. Saturday and Sunday will have lesser easterlies, at 21-24 Saturday and 17-21 Sunday. Strongest wind all of these days will be between 10am and 1pm.

Something to note with this east wind will be plummeting relative humidity readings and skyrocketing fire danger. Please don’t burn anything (other than the bowls I know you’re smoking, as upstanding citizens of uber-liberal Oregon and Washington and California… speaking of politics, don’t forget about that debate tonight… sure to be amusing). Back to the fire danger, no joking, it’s going to be bad. The east wind won’t be limited to the Columbia; it’ll be up on the ridgetops and mountain valleys too.

Also of note is a chance of frost both tonight and tomorrow night. If you live in Parkdale or Odell, or maybe even in the low-lying areas, protect your peppers and tomatoes the next couple of nights.

In events tonight, the nearly-last Kayak Shed Shop Paddle. Tomorrow night, it’s the first ski movies of the season at Andrew’s. $10 in advance, $13 at the door, with one Poor Boyz and one Toy Soldiers movie along with a couple of famous skiers signing autographs. Friday is First Friday. On Saturday, CGKA has a BBQ to celebrate the opening of Blackberry Beach in Cascade Locks. You’ll probably already be down there kiting, so make plans to join the party after.

Have an awesome day today!