5/22 Gorge wind and rain and events and Mt. Hood snow

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 May 22, 2013

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Good morning,

This morning’s amusing ad:

The Canfield Brothers Yelli Screamy
Really Temira, seriously? You’re advertising a bike? A random bike we’ve never heard of? A freakin’ hardtail? Yes, I am, and I’m doing it because I love this bike. So does Jason Wells, who built GP for you. This bike is the Post Canyon destroyer. Slack head tube for descending.29″ wheels for rolling over stuff. Very, very, very short chainstays for fast responding bike action that’ll make you giggle. And yell. And scream. I slay the Gorge on this bike. You should too.Contact sean@canfieldbrothers.com for more info. We’ll have a demo day in late June. Stay tuned.


We’ll see some showers during the day today, but heavier rain will move in after 2. Same goes for tomorrow, with showers early and heavier rain after 2. Your garden will be happy. More interesting is the new snow in the mountains – Timberline has 8” of new this morning, so go ski if that’s your thing. The snow level will stay around 3000′ today, but will rise to 6500′ tomorrow before dropping back to 5000′ on Friday.

In wind news, yesterday’s predicted 3-hour wind burst was compressed into one hour of 30-50 in the desert. No, I didn’t make it. I was more interested in riding my bike in 47 degree pouring rain in Post Canyon (it was an accident, I swear!) Speaking of mountain biking, I can almost guarantee it’s too muddy to ride in Post right now – it was drenched (and so was I) when I made it out yesterday evening. Post and Pinot will likely be canceled tonight – call Dirty Fingers to check before showing up for the girl ride.

The Clymb: free membership. Cheap gear. Temira approves. Click to join.

Anyway, the wind forecast: we’ll see west wind at 10-15 in the whole Gorge today with a burst of stronger wind from Stevenson to The Dalles later. Maybe gusty 22-25 between noon and 3pm?. As low pressure moves off the coast after that, the wind will back off. Tomorrow brings light wind, likely light east early and light west late. This same weather pattern – low pressure off the coast messing with the Gorge wind – will continue through Saturday.

If you’re a mountain biker, you have a lot going on: This weekend is the Enduro race in Post Canyon. Check with the Hood River Area Trail Stewards Facebook Page for which trails will be closed. If you’re prepping for the race, you gals can ride the Post and Pinot tonight, weather permitting. Tomorrow night, Dirty Fingers has a shuttle to preview the course. Then on Saturday, it’s the mountain biker prom at the shop, in celebration of the race, starting at 5pm. All people are invited to the prom. No date required. Go stag. Stagger home.

In other news, there’s pickup touch rugby tonight at 3:30 at Henkle Middle School and sailboat racing at 6pm at the Hood River Marina.

Have an awesome day today!