10/7 Forecast. See you next weekend. I’m going on vacation!

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 October 7, 2012

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First thing today, I’d like to say thank you to all of you who donated during August pledge drive month. There was never a day where I didn’t post a forecast, because every day someone donated. Thank you to all of you both for using this forecast and for supporting it! Remember that although it’s free for you to use, it’s not free for me. I put a lot of time into giving you an accurate forecast, and I pay for the hosting on this website. If you find it valuable, please take the time to make a donation to support what I do. Your generosity helps keep this going for everyone. I also send an email version of this forecast. Make a $12 or larger donation, and you’re on the email list for a year. No more dealing with the twice-yearly pledge drive, and you’ll also have a chance to win prizes from the sponsors. Thank you again for your support!

This week’s sponsor is Dirt Hugger, offering curbside food waste collection service for your business, school, office, store, restaurant or hospital in Hood River and The Dalles. All that food waste becomes awesome compost for your garden, yard, farm or vineyard. You can pick up that compost or have it delivered. If we as a society can’t make composting happen through our cities and counties, at least we can make it happen through a cool local business. This is one of my favorite businesses in the Gorge. Support them, please

Once again, it’s a beautiful, sunny day. Enjoy it. You have approximately 5 sunny days left before the weather pattern swerves into the “Fall-only” lane. Get out and help with the Hatchery work party this morning from 9am-noon. Anyway, normally I stay away from long-term predictions, but the models are converging on Fall, and lots of you have asked, and I’m going to be away from the computer for the next 5 days or so…. See y’all when I’m back in interwebsland.

Anyway, on Friday-ish, the first Fall front swings through, bringing some light showers to the PNW, most likely Friday night into Saturday morning. It won’t be spectacular. However, models are suggesting a much stronger, more winter-like low pressure system Sunday-ish. That one, if it materializes, will bring significant rainfall to the Gorge.

Significant rainfall will do several things: One, it will hopefully reopen County lands to dirt biking. Two, it will hopefully reopen private lands to mountain biking. I’ll be back in computer land by then, and will send out an email as soon as County/Private lands reopen. Three, rain will help put out the wildfires, making the Twin Tunnels trail closer to reopening (OSP estimates it will be a month or more). Four, most importantly, it will make the chanterelles grow. Yum. There’s not much better than going on a long mountain bike ride, finding chanterelles, and coming home to chanterelle pasta.

Anyway, your wind forecast. Really windy easterlies this morning fade this afternoon. Monday brings light west wind, as does Tuesday. After that, you’re on your own, but expect stronger (but gusty) west wind on Friday as that first front moves into the PNW.

In events, the aforementioned Hatchery work party, of course. Tomorrow night, there’s a ski movie at Dog River Coffee at 7pm. Coming up next weekend, it’s the Neon Phenom dance rave party in a big barn: http://neonphenom.eventbrite.com/

Have an awesome day today!