9/6. Friday. Wind, rain, dirt, and events.

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 September 6, 2013

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Random Morning Thoughts
I love this rain. It’s so easy to relax on a rainy day. Obviously – this forecast is way late. I also love that it feels like the day before Chanukah: tomorrow is going to be absolutely EPIC in Post. 2. I am not happy with the UW – they changed the refresh times on the models, and now there are “no images” at 7:30am. Makes it hard to write a forecast!

Wind forecast

The upper level low I keep talking about is slowly moving east this morning. Very slowly, dumping rain as it ambles to the desert, occasionally shooting bolts of lighting. If the darn thing ever gets east of us, we’ll see the wind pick up to gusty 23-26 east of The Dalles. But don’t expect that to happen until late today.

It’s a little tough writing the longer-term forecast without the help of the 4/3 model, but it does look like we’ll see inland high pressure build over the next couple of days. Expect light wind for Saturday. Light west, likely. On Sunday, we’ll start light, but we’ll see the wind build to 15-18 in the afternoon from Stevenson to Mosier.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Steven’s Locks light light light 13-15
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) light light light 13-15
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle light light light 13-15
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall light light 15-18? gusty
Arlington / Roosevelt light light 15-18? gusty

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Riding Bikes News

First, very important news. At some point tomorrow, Post Canyon is going to be epic (more info below). If you want to shuttle it (and I’m not a shuttler, but I do), you can call 541-400-1216, Hood River Adventures. It’s $10 per shuttle with a 4 person minimum.

Speaking of Post… it takes about 15/100” of rain to make Post epic. We’ve already had .42”. It’s going to be great by tomorrow afternoon. Let the upper stuff rest today – it’ll be very, very muddy up there. But tomorrow. Oh god is it going to be good.

And speaking of biking: despite the rain, Hospital Hill, Whoopdee, and Puke Hill remain closed because it’s fire season. Please respect the landowners’ wishes and ride elsewhere. Sandy Ridge is basically closed tomorrow due to the Enduro race. The race moves to Timberline and Skibowl on Sunday.

Also on Sunday in bike world, it’s the Rural Rampage kids n’ parents race, benefiting Hood River County School District. Get yourself and your kids signed up for this adventure race by visiting Hood River Community Education’s website.

Other important Gorge news

You can start your weekend the right way tonight with First Friday in Hood River with art and food and drinks, or head to Cascade Locks for the start of Pacific Crest Trail Days with a campout on Thunder Island all weekend, exhibits of the latest outdoor gear and clinics, and plenty of fun people. You know: PCT people. Trail people.

If you’re around tomorrow, PCT days continue, and there’s also a Civil War encampment at the Fort Dalles Museum, the Fly-In at WAAAM in Hood River. Finally, happening all month long, it’s the Bicycle Transportation Alliance’s bike commute month, and it’s Trail Days in Cascade Locks. Head to Cascade Locks for some of the best hiking and biking around.

Have an awesome day today!