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I was wondering why I was so slow to pull myself out of bed this morning. I went to bed at a reasonable time, I slept well, and zombies did not break into my house in the middle of the night. When I finally threw off the covers and looked out the window, I realized the problem. The Nothing is here. The Thing that Lives in the Gorge. It’s blocking the sun and crushing the sky-high Gorge spirit. Fortunately, we won’t see much of the Nothing this winter. It’s an El Nino loving creature, for the most part. So, don’t let this Nothing get you down. Rejoice in the fact that it will sleep for much of the winter.
We’re looking at one more day of light wind in the Gorge before we see a little better setup for windsurfing and kiting on Tuesday and Wednesday. Today looks light and glassy as high pressure bridges the Cascades. A trough of low pressure sets up along the coast tomorrow and combines with a building North Pacific High for synoptic scale westerlies and increased onshore flow. With the cold overnight temperatures, it will take a little while for the wind to pick up tomorrow, but I think we’ll see 22-25 from Stevenson to Mosier by early afternoon.
High pressure fills in over the desert Wednesday, bringing easterlies to the Gorge. I’m guessing we’ll see low twenties at Stevenson and Rooster Wednesday morning. It’s hard to say what will happen wind-wise for the rest of the week, but with high pressure building up from the Southwest, we’ll probably see continued east winds.
If you want to ride, the dirt is in excellent shape, so get out and ride before it dries out again.
Coming up tonight, it’s the final Mountain View alternative ride of the season. Meet at the shop at 6:30 for the ride to Mosier, the season-ending raffle drawing, and a toast at the Twin Tunnels overlook to Tom Sellick. It’s going to get dark early, so make sure you bring a light and a jacket for the ride back.
Boaters, the White Salmon is at 1.75 feet and the Klickitat’s at 764 cfs.
Have a great day today!
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