9/10 Gorge Wind and Events

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 September 10, 2012

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First off this morning, I’d like to wish a happy birthday to Jami M., Arthur B., and Jay S. May all of you have a wonderful birthday!

Second, if you were sailing at Doug’s yesterday, Grant Myrdal was shooting photos from noon to 3:30pm. You can see the photos or purchase them here.

Second, we’re under a passing cold front this morning, but it looks like the precipitation is mostly missing the bike trails and falling in the Wilderness west of Mt. Hood. Why do we care? Well, it’s post-Labor Day, and that’s the time of year when the wind people stop asking about wind to some extent, and the cyclists start asking about rain. This morning was best chance for the week, so resign yourself to dusty trails.

After today, we’ll see warm and dry days through next weekend. However, models show a cold start to the day tomorrow, maybe even upper 30’s, which might just give us our first inversion clouds of the fall season. If you’re in Parkdale, you might even see some frost. If you’re up on Mt. Hood, it’s going to be downright frigid.

As that cold front I mentioned moves east today, the west wind will pick up. The low clouds have made it all the way to Arlington, so you can expect gusty westerlies at 15-18 pretty much everywhere this morning, picking up to 21-24 east of Hood River this afternoon. Tomorrow starts with light west wind, switching to light east wind in the afternoon. Expect increasing westerlies Wednesday, hitting the upper twenties, and expect 30+ east wind on Thursday.

In events next weekend, it’s the Pendleton Roudup, a ways away, but worth the drive if you can find a place to stay. Also next weekend, the Tieton River dam release for kayaking and rafting, Kona Bikes will be in town doing free demos courtesy of Dirty Fingers Bike Repair, Cascade Locks hosts the Doublecross Cyclocross race, and the Mt. Ashland hillclimb race showcases the best road biking legs in the Gorge (but not here… you’ll have to drive to see them).

Joking aside, Mountain bikers can have an influence tomorrow at the HRC trails committee work session at the Forestry Office at 4pm. Be there and be the change you believe in.