Monday. Wind. Chanterelles. Sprinter vans. And a dusting of snow on the volcanoes.

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 September 29, 2014

Random Morning Thoughts

I haven’t had a vacation in two years. I need a vacation. I am going to attempt to take one this month.

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Gorge Wind

As expected, it is windy this morning, with nice gradients backing up the wind: .10 (pdx-dls) and .05 (dls-psc). As a weather system moves through today, we’ll see the wind pick up form the mid to upper teens we were seeing at 7:30. By early afternoon, or maybe even by noon, you can expect 26-30 east of Hood River with gusty 21-24 from Swell to the Sandbar. The strongest and steadiest wind will be from Rowena to Rufus, but models suggest Arlington will also get windy late. Models also suggest there’s a chance of 30-35 near Maryhill late in the evening, so don’t leave your smallest gear at home. Stevenson, under the clouds, will see gusty 12-15 or less today, which makes it unlikely that you’ll find a combination of rainbows and unicorns there.

Offshore high pressure on Tuesday combines with low pressure in the desert for another windy day. It’s hard to say exactly where the low clouds will stop tomorrow, meaning it’s hard to say exactly where the “best” wind will be. However, expect 15-18 from Mosier eastward early, with up-and-down 10-13 near Hood River early. The wind will pick up to 22-25 from Swell to Doug’s in the afternoon. If the clouds burn off at Stevenson, it too will join the fun.

From this long-range vantage point, it looks like we’ll see west wind at 5-10 on Wednesday morning, picking up to W 13-16 late in the afternoon. As of this morning, Thursday looks quite light or maybe even glassy.

Today’s Gorge Wind – these are ranges for the average speed, not a predicted wind range. =)
Your favorite beach Dawn
Rooster’s Rocks Still
a nudist who’ll
a talk?
Steven’s Locks 5-10 5-10 12-15 12-15
Hatchery/White Salmon Sandbar (minus a few for Hood River) 17-20 17-20 21-24 17-20
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 10-13 21-24 26-30 26-30
Rufus, etc. 10-13 21-24 26-30 26-30+
Roosevelt, etc. 10-13 21-24 26-30 26-30
Temira’s sail: 35-40: 2.9 / 30-35: 3.2 / 26-30: 3.5
23-26: 4.0 / 20-23: 4.5 less than 20: something bigger!
Tonia’s kite: 35-40: 4m / 30-35: 4-6m / 26-30: 5-7m
23-26: 7-9m / 20-23: 8-10 / 15-20: 10-12 / 10-15: 13-15.

Gorge Weather

What a lovely morning it is. Another great morning for sleeping in. We’ll see partly cloudy sky this morning, and then we’ll see increasing clouds and a few showers as a fast cold front moves across the PNW. Temps will be in the low 60’s this morning and low 70’s this afternoon with rainbow chances at 87% today.

Tomorrow starts out partly cloudy with temps in the low 50’s and a 17% chance of morning rainbows. Temps will climb to the mid 60’s in the afternoon under partly cloudy sky. The snow level will be around 6500′ tomorrow after the cold front passes, meaning the volcanoes and ski resorts will have just a dusting of snow tomorrow, enough to jam your inbox with photos from ski resorts wanting to sell you a season pass.

Wednesday looks mostly sunny in the Gorge with temps in the mid 40’s early and low 70’s in the afternoon.

White Sprinter Van of the Day with Yellow Chanterelles


Road and Mountain Biking

Still no word on motorized access to Hood River County trails. I do know that areas along the coast are now at IFPL 1, meaning you could ride dirt bikes there. I rode Dry Creek Trail yesterday (over by Old Man Pass), and it was spectacularly tacky and sporting a side dish of lobster mushrooms. If that trail is tacky, so is Falls Creek and the rest of the 50 mile IngerUcker course which links roads and trails to turn Falls Creek into a loop. A big loop.

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River Levels / Fish Counts/Cheezburger Update

The John Day Dam is reading 60-69kcfs. The Dalles Dam is putting out 71kcfs. There are two river-wide logs on the White Salmon: 1 just below Cave Rapid on the Middle and one below Cave Wave on the Lower. The White Salmon is at 1.6′, according to John L. I didn’t talk to Cheezburger yesterday, nor did I remember to go to Windance and buy fish. However, the fish counts were up this morning: 8,522 Chinook, 3614 Coho, 1745 Steelhead. The Columbia is 67 degrees.


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

There is not all that much going on this week. However, there is community yoga, free or by donation, at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon at 6:30 tonight. Tomorrow night is $12 Prime Rib night at Cebu Lounge. Yes, it’s officially autumn in my world, and that means I start mentioning delicious meat-based bargains.

Next Saturday, starting at 4pm, Cascade Locks is hosting International Take a Kid Mountain Biking day at the EasyCLIMB trail. There will be trail tours and a skills course and hot dogs provided by the Lumberyard, along with great raffles.

Next Sunday is the Superhero run in The Dalles. Dress up you and your kids as your favorite superheros and come raise some money for CASA of the Gorge.

Have an awesome day today!