Friday. 5/23. Gorge wind. Local events. River levels. And most importantly, my morning coffee.

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 May 23, 2014

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The Hood 2 River Relay

Come race the Hood 2 River Relay. Start on Mt. Hood. Alpine ski, Nordic ski, mountain bike, road bike, road run, boat (kayak/canoe/SUP) and then sprint 500 meters to the finish line. Open to individuals and teams. And if you’re racing or not, you’re invited to the Full Sail Brewing After-Party, Presented by Bob Stone Subaru, beginning at noon! Full Sail beer, Naked Winery Outdoor Vino, burgers, chicken sausages and veggie and Tofurky options grilled by the Lion’s Club. Music by Tony Smiley. Vendor Expo. May 31, Hood River Marina.

Random Morning Thoughts

I’m drinking iced coffee this morning because it’s so warm and muggy outside. Just thought you should know.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Rooster’s Rocks light light light light
Steven’s Locks 13-16 8-11 10-13 13-16
Hatchery (minus a few for Hood River) 13-16 24-27 24-27 13-16
Doug’s, etc. 8-13 24-27 24-27 15-19
Rufus, etc. 8-13 13-15 24-27 26-30
Roosevelt, etc. 8-13 13-15 23-26 26-30

Gorge Wind

The westerlies are in the teens and single digits this morning, despite a gradient of .09 (that should give us low twenties). Anyway, there’s a weak weather system moving in, and that’ll make the wind gusty today. As this weather system moves in, we’ll see the wind jump to gusty 25-29, strongest at Stevenson (before it starts raining there, anyway), and then briefly blowing at the Hatch and Hood River (before backing off).

The strongest wind will continue to move eastward as the weather system moves, but high pressure building in behind will keep it windy after the front’s passage. The question, of course, is where you should go, and I think you could go anywhere today and get a couple hours of good wind. I suspect you’ll be best off east of The Dalles if you want the longest-lasting wind. It’s one of those days… dynamic weather setups make it tricky.

Anyway, tomorrow looks less tricky. High pressure off the coast combines with low pressure in the desert for westerlies at 17-20 early, rising to 24-28 after 11am, steadiest and strongest east of the low clouds, which will mean you’ll either be happiest near Hood River or near Lyle, and possibly as far east as Maryhill late in the day.

Sunday starts off light as low pressure moves toward the coast. As that system moves inland, the wind will pick up into the gusty low twenties in the afternoon. Monday also looks windy in some way, shape or form.

Gorge Weather

It’s cloudy this morning. You can see that by looking out your window. There’s a weak weather system moving in – lots of rain off the coast as I was writing this forecast, but not a big chance for rain inland today. Even so, we may see some sprinkles after noon. I hope we do, because if there are sprinkles, there is a chance of rainbows.

We’ll see temps in the mid-60’s this morning and low 70’s this afternoon with increasing west wind. Tomorrow starts partly cloudy with temps in the mid-50’s, rising to the low 70’s with moderate west wind. Sunday looks sunny early and cloudy later with temps in the upper 40’s early and low 70’s in the afternoon with light wind early and stronger wind later.

Road and Mountain Biking

After I finished all my work and chores yesterday, I sacrificed myself for you guys. I rode my bike up Lake Branch Road to confirm whether it was open. It’s open. There’s not a spot of snow. You can ride Lost Lake Loop right now. Next I will sacrifice myself to see if Vista Ridge is open. See, I’m a very giving forecaster, aren’t I? According to Dirty Fingers, Falls Creek is open and clear of trees. I have not checked it, so ride at your own risk.

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River Levels

Guess what? I forgot to call Wet Planet again yesterday. But I did call Hood River Garbage and get them to come pick up the huge pile of cardboard at our condos. So that’s something. Anyway, let’s say the White Salmon is still at 4.1′. The Hood is at 4.7′, the Klickitat’s at 2330cfs, and the Columbia is at 349kcfs at John Day and 378kcfs at The Dalles. The Columbia is 56 degrees.

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

Coming up tomorrow morning, there’s the Hood River Running Club’s 8am trail run, meeting at the bottom of Post Canyon Road. There’s a Zombie run 5k at Sorosis Park in The Dalles at 9am.

Going on all day, all weekend, it’s Riverfest on the Deschutes. Besides the free mini rafting trips, there’s a 5k and 10k race on Saturday and a ½ Marathon on Sunday. On Sunday morning, SOLV has a river cleanup, and they’re providing BBQ lunch for volunteers. Finally, our friends over at Skibowl are opening the Adventure Park for the season on Saturday. I love our friends at Skibowl!

Have an awesome day today!