Dear upper level low: please get out of the Pacific Northwest. Not only are you making forecasting wind difficult, you’re making it difficult for a lot of people to play as they’d wish, and you’re causing a lot of distress among cherry farmers. Thanks for listening. Now, on to the forecast. Continued after the chart…
|Your favorite beach||Dawn
|Steven’s Locks||light||light||E 15-20||W 16-19|
|Hatchery/White Salmon Sandbar (minus a few for Hood River)||light||light||E 10-15||W 16-19|
|Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena||light||light||E 10-15||W 16-19|
|Rufus, etc.||light||light||E 10-15||W 10-15|
|Roosevelt, etc.||light||light||E 10-15||W 10-15|
Gorge wind forecast, continued…
The upper level low is hanging out somewhere along the coast, giving us slack gradients across the Cascades. We’ll see near-zero wind this morning, E 10-15 pretty much everywhere midday (unusual, but the models insist), and W 16-19 for a brief period late this afternoon. That burst of west wind will travel from west to east, stopping for an hour or so at each beach. Chase it if you must.
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Looking at Saturday, that upper level low begins to make its way eastward. That’s going to set us up for one of those days where rain competes with wind for dominance. Rain, much like paper over rock, always wins over wind. Models suggest we’ll see rain and gusty 13-16 in the western Gorge all day with 22-25 in the morning east of Lyle and 25-29 in the afternoon, late afternoon, east of Lyle.
Coming up Sunday, high pressure builds in, setting us up for a 100% light and variable day on the river. Monday looks like east wind at 20-25.
The 14th Annual Mt. Adams Country Bicycle Tour on June 25th will have you cycling on quiet country roads around the Trout Lake area with Mt. Adams right over your shoulder. Four ride options include an 11½-mile Family Friendly ride, a 51-mile Trout Lake – BZ Corner – Glenwood Loop, a 54-mile Forest Route and a 105-mile Infinity Ride. All rides feature well-marked routes, well-stocked rest stops, lunch and dinner options, plus sag wagons, repair support and emergency coverage.It’s a carefree ride through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Pacific Northwest.
Jones, Sauvie’s, Coast Beta Test Forecast
Jones Friday: 10-13. Jones Saturday: 13-16. Jones Sunday: no. Sauvie’s Friday: southerlies. Sauvie’s Saturday: westerlies. Sauvie’s Sunday: 12-15. Coast (north/central/south). Today: 20-25+/20-25-/10-15, W 3′ @ 9, SW 3′ @ 16. Saturday: onshore/onshore/10-15, W 3′ @ 8. Sunday: 25-30/30-35/40, W 3′ @ 8.
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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast
The snow level will be around 8000′ today and will drop down to around 5500′ on Saturday, with several inches of new snow likely on Saturday.
Random Morning Thoughts
My cat, Strava, has been waking me up every morning around dawn because she wants to cuddle. Or perhaps it’s because she’s hungry, because cuddling by throwing her body on my face seems more like a bid for attention than anything else. Needless to say, I am not amused by my sleep being disturbed in this way. In response, I’ve been making her sleep in a different room, because when I do that, she won’t wake me up the following night. This, however, isn’t a long-term solution, because I like sleeping with my cat (bear with me – I swear there’s a point).
It occurred to me this morning as I was sipping my Rockstar Pure Zero Mango/orange/passionfruit, that she wouldn’t be misbehaving if her needs were being met. That’s my belief, anyway – that we living creatures often misbehave in response to unmet needs.
It occurs to me that perhaps she wakes up with the sun and is hungry, and with sunrise so early in the summer, she’s merely hoping for a dawn meal like she gets in the winter. Strava, after all, doesn’t wear a watch, and doesn’t know that dawn is hours and hours earlier.
So, rather than locking her in the bedroom, I’m going to adjust her mealtimes and see if that will address her early morning food need. Maybe she’ll get three meals a day rather than two, spaced out at equal intervals, once of which will fall at dawn. Because, remember, we can’t change the behavior of others, as much as we’d like. All we can do is attempt to address their unmet needs. May you needs be met today. Have an awesome day.
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Gorge Weather Forecast
It’s rather cloudy out there, with mid-level clouds associated with our friend the Upper Level Low covering the sky. You’d find this sort of sun-blocking behavior will continue for much of the day, with some showers possible from noon on through the evening. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and the low 70’s in the afternoon. East wind, no wind, west wind. 72% chance of rainbows. Saturday looks cloudy with sprinkles or showers possible through the evening as that dumb old ULL moves east. Cross your fingers for the cherry farmers. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and the mid 60’s in the afternoon. Light wind early, moderate late. 88% chance of rainbows. Sunday looks sunny with temps in the upper 40’s early and the mid 70’s in the afternoon. Light wind.
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Road and Mountain Biking
AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH. YUMMMMYYY. That is my description of Post right now, and I’m sticking with it. I’m sure you’ll find more of the same all over the place, but get it now, because models insist on rain tomorrow. As for road biking, Sunday looks pretty awesome: sunshine, no wind, temps near 75. Most trails are open and all road rides are open.
This weekend’s looking busy, but there’s not much going on today – just the weekly Kickstand Coffee Run, where jogging four miles at 7am gets you a cup of coffee and a donut. If you can make it out of bed in time to go for a 7am run, you’re more awesome than I. It’s 7:23, and I’m just two sips into a cup of coffee.
Tomorrow’s the 8th annual White Salmon Backyard Half Marathon on Hospital Hill benefiting the Columbia Gorge Running Club Scholarship fund. For something even more brutal, check out the 12 Hours of Post Canyon mountain bike race today, and if that’s not enough, the Summer Solstass ulramarathon is in Yacolt. Washougal hosts the Race for the Future bike rice, not brutal, but benefiting some worthy charity.
For something more relaxing tomorrow, try Pure Yoga’s free outdoor yoga class at 10:30 at Lewis and Clark Park in The Dalles or a guided hike at Horsetail Falls at 2 with Oregon State Parks. There’s also a 9am work party in Post Canyon, meeting at Binn’s Hill Staging Area. One final note: Senator Jeff Merkley, a lovely man who loves road biking, will be at the Hood River Fire Station for a town hall tomorrow night at 6:30.
Have an awesome day today!