Monday. 9/23. Gorge wind. Mt. Hood (briefly) snow. Events.

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 September 23, 2013

Thanks for being here all summer for the wind forecast. It’s fall now, and that means it’s time for … more windsurfing and kiting! No, it’s time to think about skiing.

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Random Morning Thoughts
Did anyone catch a glimpse of Mt. Adams last night, just before sunset? She’s no longer grey – she’s gone white from the cool temps and snowfall! In other random news, the fish guys at Windance are running a special: 25lbs of whole salmon for $100. Yeah. Get some. Freeze it. Make it into lox. Smoke it. Eat it. Best year for Chinook since they put the damned dam in the river.

Wind and weather and Mt. Hood snow levels (no, no snow amounts yet)

Come on guys… this weather isn’t good for windsurfing and kiting! You should be huddled on the couch next to a roaring fire, reading a book. But since this is a wind forecast… today will be gloomy with light west wind. Tomorrow will bring 13-15, climbing to 15-18 in the afternoon, first near Hood River and then further east. Tomorrow’s wind will be frontally driven, meaning it will be short-lived, gusty, and probably quite wet. Wednesday looks a bit more promising, with models suggesting 21-24 (maybe more?) east of Hood River as high pressure builds off the coast.

In general weather news, today will be on-and-off showery all day. Tomorrow brings heavier showers, and then heavier rain after 2pm. Wednesday starts drying out, with maybe a few lingering showers.

In mountain news, the snow level will be at 8000′ or so this morning, dropping to 6500′ this evening. Tomorrow morning sees the snow level at 6000′, but it will rise to 7000′ in the afternoon. On Wednesday, the snow level hovers at 6500′ all day.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Steven’s Locks rainy rainy rainy rainy
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) light 9-13 9-13 9-13
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle light 5-10 5-10 5-10
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall light 5-10 5-10 5-10
Arlington / Roosevelt light 5-10 5-10 5-10

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Stuff happening tonight, this weekend, and other stuff too

We had .21” of rain yesterday, and haven’t had any measurable rain here in Hood River yet today. That’s probably enough rain to make the riding better in Post, but probably not enough to make it either 100% tacky or muddy. Watch for slippery roots and rocks. No word yet on reopening of Kreps or SDS lands, so assume they are closed still.

If you’re looking for a fun time tonight, call the Columbia Gorge Tri Club… or just meet at the China Gorge Park n’ Ride at 5pm for a ride to the Thirsty Woman and back. Spandex and clipless pedals are required. Well, not required, but you’ll feel a bit out of place if you aren’t wearing a goofy skin tight outfit. Bring a light, just in case. And remember, the going away party for the Thirsty Woman is Saturday night.

In other news for next weekend, the Echelon Gran Fondo bike ride comes to town Saturday, with hundreds of riders raising money for charity. Also Saturday, there’s a weeding party at Hood River’s Waterfront Park from 9 to 4. In the evening Saturday, it the Hood River Hoedown, a fundraiser for the Cooper Spur Race Team – yeah, it’s already time to talk skiing. Get your tickets at Waucoma Books.

On Sunday next weekend, GorgeOwned has a special Sense of Place lecture of rafting down the White Salmon. For more information on this cool event, visit

Have an awesome day today!