9/7 Forecast

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 September 7, 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!

We’re going to see the wind switching back and forth from east to west this week, but luckily for the 600 or so firefighters at Dollar Lake, we shouldn’t see very strong wind. Today looks like the best bet for windsurfing or kiting, with easterlies in the 10-15 range at Stevenson and Rooster Rock.

Models are disagreeing for tomorrow, with the overall setup suggesting light westerlies and graphical models suggesting light east wind. After tomorrow, it looks like the wind will stay light through the weekend, with temperatures in the low to mid nineties. Models tend to be inaccurate more than a few days out, but it looks like the earliest we’ll see a cooldown is Monday, and even then, with cool overnight temps in the desert, don’t expect a nukefest from the cooldown.

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With the light wind, the road riding is going to be awesome this week, and if you’d like to get away from the smoke, head to Klickitat County and ride the BZ-Glenwood-Trout Lake loop (clockwise, preferably). I recommend stopping at the Glenwood Store, where you can fuel your ride with a Rockstar Slurpee. Yes, I am totally serious about that, but I do suggest you cut it with water or you’ll find yourself hurling at some point.

Speaking of riding, registration is now open for the Hood River Harvest Ride on the 24th of this month. Also open for registration, and also taking place the 24th, is the Echelon Gran Fondo, a fundraising ride for OHSU’s cancer center several local charities, including Atheletes 4 Cancer.

If you need something to do tonight to cool down, there’s the sailboat race out of the Hood River Marina, there’s the Kayak Shed’s shop paddle on the White Salmon River, and if you want to get hot and sweaty, there’s the Post and Pinot mountain bike ride from Dirty Fingers, followed by cold, refreshing drinks at the shop. That would be Dirty Fingers, and those cold drinks, they’re free (unless you’d like to donate).

Have an awesome day today!


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