Friday. 10/25. Gorge wind. Events. Lovely weather.

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 October 25, 2013

It’s fall now, and that means it’s time for … more windsurfing and kiting! No, silly. It’s time to think about skiing.

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Random Morning Thoughts

The gradient is westerly, but the Nothing is moving from east to west. Go figure.

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Wind guessings, prognosticatings and musings

Although models are predicting light east wind today, the gradient this morning stands at W .01. So, let’s call it glassy to light west today. Tomorrow, as a weak low slides along the western edge of Cascadia, expect east wind at 10-15.

Then on Sunday (big smile from the forecaster, who is supposed to be at the DF noon ride, but may have to settle for making cupcakes), you can expect strong west wind. Where exactly, I’m not sure yet, and I hesitate to put a speed down for fear of scaring it off, but it does look windy. If I had to guess right now, I’d say Hatch-Maryhill 26-30.

And if you like strong wind but don’t care about the direction, Monday is starting to look like the biggest east wind day so far this fall, and that’s saying something, because we’ve already seen some windy days at Rooster.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Steven’s Locks light light light light
Rooster Rock light light light light

Plain old weather

With gradients across the Cascades non-existent this morning, the Nothing has had a chance to sneak in to the Gorge. It doesn’t look like a very strong Nothing, and Falcor and Atreyu will probably be able to beat it back before too much of the day has passed.

We’ll see another sunny day today, once the Nothing is gone. Tomorrow will likely bring more high clouds, and same goes for Sunday.

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The trails are starting to get a bit dry, with sections of ball bearings. I have decided it’s okay if we get a day of rain now. In the meantime, there are still sections of delightful dirt, chanterelles are still scattered about the woods, and the fall colors are out. Don’t miss the leaves for the trail. And don’t miss the trees for the forest.

And remember, this is prime road biking season too: no wind. Yay!

Events – email me if I’ve missed any outdoor-related events

Today I will attempt to get the events correct and not send out a correction email. Mt. Hood Meadows will be taking pass photos (and selling passes) this evening at the Hood River Inn. The website does not say where at the Hood River Inn, so I’m just going to assume Cebu, because they have a killer happy hour from 4pm-6pm. Pass photos happen from 4:30pm-9pm.

Tomorrow is the big HRATS work party in Post Canyon. All hikers/bikers/equestrians/moto folks are welcome; trails up for fixing include 8-Track, GP, Family Man, and the 130 moto/quad trail. Meet at Family Man at 8:30. Bring rakes, loppers, and any trailbuilding tools you may own.

In running world tomorrow, it’s costume central: Parkdale fun run/walk at 9am, Pumpkin Trail Run at North Bonneville at 9am, Harvest Hustle at Mid-Valley Elementary at 9:30am.

On Sunday, it’s the Columbia Gorge Marathon, so be aware of lots of people on the roads and on the Twin Tunnels trail. Sunday at noon, Dirty Fingers has a special “We hate cancer” Post n’ Pint lap at noon. Yes, you do get a free beer if you do the ride. After the ride, you can purchase grilled (chicken) breasts, breasts (in cupcake form), and special edition jerseys.

After that ride, there’s the Vampires and Victims 5k “race” at HRVHS. Half the runners are victims. Half are vampires. Two waves of runners. You figure out how this plays out. =)

Have an awesome day today!