9/10 forecast. Batten down the hatches. It’s going to be hot.

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 September 10, 2011

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Now that the kids are back in school, the nights are cooling off, and the tourists are starting to leave the Gorge, it’s time to think skiing and snowboarding. Meadows passes are now on sale for the you-don’t-need-three-friends price of $499. Included in that price is the new Stadium Express lift (use your imagination and giggle when you realize the only possible abbreviation for that lift), eliminating the need for you to use the cattle crossing to Star (snowboarders, cheer loudly). The new lift gets you over to Star, HRM and Heather (it tops out at the same spot as Heather) without waiting in the MHX line. At this point, we’re looking at a weak La Nina or a neutral year, meaning average (450”) or better (max=830”) snowfall. I’ll do the statistical analysis and get back to you. Buy your season pass now!

Mother Nature isn’t giving us much in the way of wind for the next few days, but if we get lucky, we’ll see something really cool in the sky instead. The sun has been putting out a lot of solar flares over the last week, and extreme auroral activity is predicted, so keep your eyes on the northern horizon this evening and you might just see the Northern Lights. They weren’t out last night, as best I could tell, but who knows what we’ll get tonight.

If you’re hoping for wind, keep hoping. It’s coming. We’ll see light and variable wind today, making for lovely wakeboarding conditions. Tomorrow looks light and variable too, with easterlies at 5-10 in the morning and westerlies at 5-10 in the afternoon.

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The wind picks up a bit on Monday. We’ll start off with westerlies at 13-15, building to 15-18 in the afternoon. Tuesday brings upper teens to low twenties, and strong westerlies kick back in on Wednesday and Thursday.

If you’re headed to the coast to beat the heat, today’s forecast is 20-25 knots with higher gusts and a 6 foot swell at 11 seconds with sunshine. Tomorrow brings lighter wind and clouds to the beach.

It’s going to be in the upper 90’s here today, so if you’re out and about in The Dalles, cheer on the Aluminum Man triathletes. The Olympic distance athletes are doing a 1.5k swim, a 40k bike and a 10k run, and they’re going to need your support to make it through the heat. I considered doing it, especially since there’s that Athena division, but my bike ride up Spring Street in 90 degrees almost killed me yesterday. Good luck Aluminum men and women. My kudos to you.

Have an awesome day today!


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