Forecast for 5/20. It’s one month after 4/20. Not sure what that means.

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 May 20, 2010

Good morning!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter down here. Temps are in the 40s in the valley this morning and in the upper twenties on the hill. Timberline had an inch of new overnight, and they’re going to get a couple more inches today. The best skiing will be tomorrow and Saturday, as west flow causes orographic snowfall. I’m holding a Timberline pass in my grubby little paws (thanks Lisa Hargrave), so Denise and maybe Rick and I will be headed up there if they get a few inches of snow. Yippee! Ski season isn’t over yet!

On the river today, the westerlies were pretty light at 5am. We’ll see gusty 10-15 through the entire Gorge for much of today, possibly picking up just a little bit this afternoon at Lyle and in the Corridor. I have one thing to say to that: Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

Friday looks quite light until late afternoon, when an approaching front sends the corridor into the 17-20 range. Saturday is looking windier, at least out in the desert, with post-frontal winds in the mid to upper twenties. Don’t forget to stop at Doug’s Beach Saturday morning to help out with the annual CGWA beach cleanup! If you don’t, Patrick Quigley will kill me for not getting the word out enough, so save your forecaster and go save the beach.

If you’re a mountain biker, you are not a happy mountain biker today. Post went from dusty to downright muddy in 30 minutes yesterday, and it’s a mud pit now, so respect the trail and let it rest today. That means the post and pint is off, but as always, the Dirty Fingers Bike Repair social hour is on at 5:30.

Boaters, the Hood’s at 4.7 feet, the White Salmon’s at 4.8 feet, the Little White’s at 750, and the Wind River’s at 702cfs. That’s as high as I’ve seen the Wind in a couple of weeks, so I’m hoping that gets me a trip down it with Wet Planet with my buddy Drew, as the guide… =)

Have a great day today!


  1. Temira |

    Blake, thank you so much. Do you have a wesbsite or any other way of knowing what level it’s at in feet? I just use Pat Welch’s site, and that is only in CFS. Thanks!

  2. Patrick Quigley |

    We love you Temira and I would never kill you!! Always enjoy your forecast and thanks for getting the word out on Doug’s cleanup. One more request: please use your influence with the weather gods to give us a window of no rain Sat am.
    Patrick Quigley

  3. Chris A |

    Ah man… wht to do what to do.

    From New Zealand in Seattle for the week for work. Had planned on coming to The Gorge for some kitesurfing (have my kiting gear (10.5 and 15) but looking a bit dodgy for weather.

    So do I ski (I have Ski Boots with me thanks to a little Tramdock purchase but nothing else) or paddle (no gear at all but comfortable up to ~ Class IV+)?

    Your commentary and advice gladly accepted…

  4. Blake |

    Just FYI, for those of us who run the little white we run it based upon the foot gauge. 1.8 and lower starts to get bony and just more fun and chunky from there on up. Your other reports are awesome and I look at them every day for wind being that I live just outside of p-town. Thanks for all your time, Blake

  5. Temira |


    It’s on the event calendar on the left-hand side of the page.

  6. dean |

    Why haven’t you mentioned the swap meet this weekend at Windance yet???