9/30 Gorge wind and events

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 September 30, 2012

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This week’s sponsor is Dirt Hugger, offering curbside food waste collection service for your business, school, office, store, restaurant or hospital in Hood River and The Dalles. All that food waste becomes awesome compost for your garden, yard, farm or vineyard. You can pick up that compost or have it delivered. If we as a society can’t make composting happen through our cities and counties, at least we can make it happen through a cool local business. This is one of my favorite businesses in the Gorge. Support them, please

We’re going to see a fairly light wind day in the Gorge today. Westerlies at 13-15 this morning will fade by midday and switch to light east wind this evening. With light wind and less smoke drifting around the valley, it’s a great day for a bike ride.

However, please note the following message from your friends at Oregon State Parks: “The HCRH State Trail is closed to public and media access from the Hood River and Mosier Trailheads due to active fire supression efforts and hazardous rockfall and treefall issues. For your safety and the safety of the fire supression teams please avoid using the HCRH State Trail until it is posted open by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and Oregon Department of Forestry. As of 9/29/12 The Hood River Fire located east of Hood River and south of I-84 reported by the unified fire command as being 100% contained (perimeter lines are holding) and 40% under control on the interior. Rocks and trees are coming down onto the HCRH State Trail from the South, and mop up work is still being done by Oregon Department of Forestry, United States Forest Service; W’East and Mosier Fire Departments. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will assess trail conditions when the fire mop up is 100% complete. Fire updates can be found on the Oregon Department of Forestry Website.”

In wind news tomorrow, we’ll see east wind at 15-18 or so, fading. Then on Tuesday, a weak, dry cold front swings across the Cascades, giving us westerlies at 25-29+. Any big west wind day at this point is bonus, so make plans to get on the water. On Wednesday, strong high pressure inland, giving us easterlies at 28-32. Bit east wind days at this point are not bonus material. They are the norm, but it’s still worth getting out. At this point, it looks like the easterlies will stick around through the end of the week, and there’s still no rain in sight.

Tomorrow’s the first day of October, and that means it’s the start of the annual Eco-Challenge, brought to you by the Northwest Earth Institute. Pick just one thing, maybe driving less or riding a bike more, or recycling everything, and do it for just two weeks to make the earth a better, healthier place for everyone.

So, yesterday I said the Crossfit throwdown and BBQ was Saturday at the Marina. I meant Sunday. It’s today. So now you have something to do today.

Have an awesome day today!