Saturday. 5/17. Last day of ski season at Meadows. Endless west wind. A very early, very pretty sunrise.

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 May 17, 2014

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Random Morning Thoughts

I’m so sore from windsurfing yesterday. I’m so glad I’m getting a massage tomorrow.

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

The showers are holding off this morning on Mt. Hood, which is a good thing for the end of season bash at Mt. Hood Meadows, where your favorite Brewery, Double Mountain, is throwing a party today. The party is free. The skiing is not (unless you have a season pass). I suspect we’ll see showers by 2pm. Fine. As long as I have all my gear transferred from my office to my car by then, I’ll be pleased.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Rooster’s Rocks W 5-10 W 5-10 W 5-10 W 5-10
Steven’s Locks W 10-15 W 10-15 W 21-24 W 21-24
Hatchery (minus a few for Hood River) 15-18 15-18 15-18 15-18
Doug’s, etc. 15-18 21-24 23-26 20-23
Rufus, etc. 15-18 21-24 21-24 21-24
Roosevelt, etc. 15-18 21-24 21-24 21-24

Gorge Wind

Remember how I said we were heading into a long stretch of wind. Well, the wind continues today. In case you were wondering, yes, I went windsurfing (at Arlington) yesterday. Today’s early gradients were .07/.08 (you were still asleep, you smart person, when I got that reading), and they should build a bit as a weak weather system swings through during the day and another approaches this afternoon. Those weather systems will make the wind up-and-down and gusty, but you can still expect 15-18 pretty much everywhere this morning, picking up to 22-25 for periods everywhere this afternoon, with the most reliable wind in the Lyle-Avery section of river.

Tomorrow’s wind quality suffers from weather systems and atmospheric instability too: we’ll see gusty 15-18 pretty much everywhere (maybe not Steven’s Locks) in the morning (with rain likely too) with gusty 22-25 (assuming the t-storms and rain don’t shut it down) in the afternoon pretty much everywhere but Arlington/Roosevelt, etc where the wind will be a bit less. It’s just not a great setup on Sunday.

Monday sees the upper level low that’s causing this trouble exit the region. Call it a transitional day. We’ll see west wind, but the strength and location depends on the path and timing of this low’s exit.

Tuesday and Wednesday, if the forecast holds, look like Classic Gorge Days. Figures – I have an all-day class in The Dalles on Tuesday and then have a meeting Tuesday night. Bah.

Gorge Weather

It’s a partly cloudy start to the day with a pretty sunrise (see, you too should get up at 4am). Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and upper 60’s this afternoon with west wind and a chance of showers late. Tomorrow brings a much better chance of showers as a weather system swings through in the morning and atmospheric instability triggers thundershowers in the afternoon. Temps Sunday will be in the upper 40’s early and low 60’s in the afternoon with west wind. Monday looks cloudy with a few showers possible. Temps will be in the mid 40’s early and mid 60’s in the afternoon.

Road and Mountain Biking

Good thing yesterday was National Bike to Work Day, not today, because I would have had to get up at midnight and start riding to get to work by 4am. Whew. Saved by 24 hours! Get your road biking in early today, because the wind and shower chances will pick up as the day goes on. And mountain bikers, start doing rain dances. Let’s get a little moisture on our trails – they are getting dry!

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River Levels

The White Salmon is at 4.25′. The Hood is at 5.0′ and the Klickitat’s at 2590cfs.

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

Today’s a super busy day for events. There’s a Gorge cup windsurfing race at the Event Site this morning. Washougal Motocross Track hosts the Race for the Future mountain bike race today. Also this morning, and it might already be too late when you read this, the Hood River Running Club has their weekly trail run leaving the bottom of Post Canyon at 8am.

Coming up tomorrow, Windance has a swap meet in the morning, and there’s pickup rugby in Mosier at 3pm and ping pong at the Hood River Armory at 3pm.

For kids this weekend, there’s a free youth fishing clinic for kids under 13 at Middle Fork Pond on Laurance Lake Road this morning. Then tomorrow afternoon, Big Winds has a free youth standup paddleboard clinic from 1 to 4.

Have an awesome day today!