5/24 Gorge wind and recreation forecast

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 May 24, 2012

Good morning,

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Wow. That was one pretty sunrise this morning! Now, I know you are all curious about new snow in the mountains. Meadows had 4” of new yesterday, and should see another 3-4” today. Down here at sea level, that means we’ll see increasing rain showers after 8am, continuing through 5pm, with a chance of thundershowers and the snow level around 4000′ (which means my plan of riding Oakridge-Surveyor’s-Dog River is out).

For wind, we’ll start off with 10-15, picking up to 23-26 from Stevenson to the Dalles this afternoon with more thunderstorms and unpredictable weather further east. Coming up tomorrow, we’ll see west wind in the low twenties in the afternoon, possibly upper twenties, possibly even more, but it’s going to be gusty and there’s a very good chance of thunderstorms east of Hood River, so that’s going to affect wind strength. Coming up Saturday, more west wind, and then Sunday afternoon, more west wind. You wind people want to mark your calendar for Saturday, for a CGWA and a CGKA work party at Rowena. That’s from 9am-1pm.

On an interesting weather note, the models are having a very hard time resolving the wind strength over the next few days. A huge low over Idaho is causing the difficulty, but should cause interesting weather, with surface wind coming from the west and high clouds moving in from the east.

Anyway, blah blah blah, if you’re interesting in learning how to build sustainable trails for hiking and biking, come to IMBA’s free trail-building school on Saturday. It’s at the Mt. Hood Towl Hall at 9am on Saturday, and then the crew moves to the bottom of the Oakridge trail from 1-4 for hands-on trailbuilding. It’s free, it’s taught by professionals, and it’s rad.

In the not-here, but still really cool news, Oregon’s coolest road bike ride, highway 242 near Sisters, is open for bicycle traffic, but not for motorized traffic, so if you get a chance, go ride it! I haven’t done it yet, but everyone who has swears it’s awesome.

And finally, today is Hood River Tum-a-Lum’s 100th birthday party, so swing by for lunch and wish them a happy birthday, and if you can’t make it today, there’s a repeat party on Saturday.

One last thing: last night I put together stoplight-style trail updates for all local trails and for Post Canyon. Hope that helps y’all out.

Have an awesome day today!


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