9/13 Forecast

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 September 13, 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!

Yesterday was windy, and today looks like a repeat. Heck, the whole week looks like a repeat of some sort. We’ll have 22-25 this morning near Hood River, picking up to 24-28 by midday from Hood River out to The Dalles, and filling in at Stevenson and maybe even as far east as Maryhill.

Coming up tomorrow, we’ll see more clouds in Portland in the morning, so we’ll start off with 23-26 near Hood River in the morning, picking up to 26-30 and filling in as far east as Maryhill and possibly even Arlington late in the day as a system nears the coast. Actually, depending on the timing of that system, we might see one of those days where Stevenson is the windiest, steadiest stop in the afternoon.

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On Thursday morning, that weak weather system swings through the Gorge, giving us at least 25-28 in the morning, and a good chance of short-lived 30+ later in the day. When that system swings through, the strongest wind will likely switch to Stevenson and Arlington.

At this point, it looks like the west wind will stick around through the weekend, with a chance of some sprinkles on Sunday.

If you’re a mountain biker, there’s a good chance you’re in Vegas right now at Interbike checking out cool new bike stuff. But even if all the shop guys and gals are gone, the trails are still here, and the shop rides are still on for Wednesday and Thursday at Dirty Fingers. Post Canyon is getting really dusty, and so are the trails on the 44 Road, but Lewis River is still in great shape if you’re looking for a great ride or a hike through old-growth forest. Just watch out for yellowjackets, wherever you’re headed. They’re aggressive this year.

Have an awesome day today!


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