9/21 Gorge wind and events

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 September 21, 2012

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No, I’m afraid I don’t know why it blew 29 at the Hatchery yesterday afternoon. I can tell you that the models have a very hard time handling fall weather. I don’t know why, but even NOAA has mentioned it in their forecast before. I can tell you for sure that it’s going to be very windy the next couple of days. I can also tell you that this is the last forecast you’ll get for this weekend, as I’ll be camping for the first time this summer and unable to access Al Gore’s Interwebs to email you the forecast. Have a great weekend!

In weekend weather news, this low pressure system moving across the PNW is going to wreak some havoc. Expect increasing humidity and wind today, with convective clouds forming. Best lightning chances are in the Oregon Cascades after 2pm today, through tomorrow morning. A slight chance of lightning continues in the Washington Cascades tomorrow. As for rain, there’s a slight chance Saturday morning and Sunday morning in the Cascades, but there’s really not much hope. Speaking of rain, our county forestry department wouldn’t mine if you watered their seedlings (they didn’t ask, but I know the baby trees are getting hammered with the dry weather). If you have extra water in your bottle when you’re riding Post, dump it on a baby tree.

The gradient at 6am was .11 (it was .15 yesterday evening), and with Portland buried in low clouds yet again, you can expect westerlies to pick up to 26-30 at the Hatch and 22-26 at Hood River this morning, with Doug’s and Rowena picking up to 27-31 this afternoon. Expect gusty conditions as an offshore low moves inland today.

Tomorrow is going to be one of the windiest days of the summer as an offshore high builds in behind a departing low pressure system. We’ll see westerlies build to 30-35 from Mosier east to Arlington. It’s probably going to be gusty, with the departing low, but it’ll still be fun. Something to note tomorrow is that there’s a pretty good chance the marine layer is going to push past Hood River. If it doesn’t, you get 30+ at the Hatch/Sandbar. If it does, you’re headed east.

West wind continues Sunday, at 23-26 east of Hood River. We’ll see a better setup on Monday, with 26-30 at Swell.

If the mountain bike trails feel empty starting today, it’s because the mountain bikers are headed to the Dirty Fingers campout near Falls Creek all weekend. They’ll be riding Falls Creek on Saturday, so it might not be the best day to go for a hike there. It’ll also be a terrible day to pedal up the trail.

In other bike news, tomorrow is the Echelon Gran Fondo, so watch out for lots of road cyclists cruising around between The Dalles, Hood River, Parkdale and Odell. Then on Sunday, look out for bikes in downtown Hood River, as Gorge Owned presents the Super Commuter Bike race, a scavenger hunt of epic proportions, where your bike skills will earn you prizes.

For kids this weekend, there’s the Grominator skateboarding contest at Hood River’s skate park on Saturday. Then on Sunday, it’s the Gorge Kids Triathlon at Hood River’s Waterfront Park.

Have an awesome day today!