Saturday. 9/14. Gorge wind, rain, TTLITG, events, and chanterelles.

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 September 14, 2013

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Random Morning Thoughts
P.S. The chanterelles are out.

Wind forecast

When the wind blows late in the evening and the temperature drops, we usually have wind the following day. Not so today, but today is an unusual one. The low clouds overhead, an early visit by The Thing that Lives in the Gorge, are unusual this time of year too, and probably a sign of the still-soaked ground from last week’s rain. No really. The forest on the Washington side is still drenched.

Oh right. You wanted a wind forecast.

Anyway, there was a .08 west gradient at 7am, but that will disappear over the next couple of hours as an offshore low and an inland low tag team the Gorge. So get on the water right now if you can find strong enough wind (not likely), because you’ll get a chance at the rare double-direction day today. Expect the wind to switch to east 14-17 by early afternoon.

Tomorrow starts with W 13-15 in the western Gorge. As the offshore low moves inland, the wind will jump to gusty 25-29ish, first at Stevenson, then Hood River, then further east. However, as the low passes, we’ll see thunderstorms and locally heavy rain. So are we playing on the river tomorrow? Sure, if we move quickly and preemptively. And then, if we’re really lucky, we’ll have a lovely sunset to end the day.

West wind continues at 17-21, likely east of Mosier, on Monday, and westerlies of some sort will probably continue through midweek.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Steven’s Locks W 5-10 light E 14-17 E 14-17
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) W 10-15 light light E 0-5
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle 10-15 light light light
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall 10-15 light light light
Arlington / Roosevelt 10-15 light light light

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Stuff happening tonight

There is nothing of note happening today or tonight, unless you forgot to tell me something.

Stuff happening soon, but not tonight

Today’s Very Important Event is the trail work party on the SuperConnector, linking Knebal and Surveyor’s. Meet at Dirty Fingers at 8:30 or Little John at 9. Come help Ranger Jimmy T make your life better, and make him look good in front of his bigwig bosses by ensuring there’s a good turnout today.

Also today, there’s the DoubleCross cyclocross race at Hood River High School. In Cascade Locks today, there’s a 5k/10k race, there’s the grand opening of the new section of the HCRHT at 11am, and there’s an antique auto cruise-in.

Tomorrow in our world, there’s the Cascade to Crown bike ride at Cascade Locks (10-62 miles, supported), Cyclocross in Hood River, the Twin Tunnels 3k/5k/10k at the west end of the Twin Tunnels trail, the Walk Across the Bridge of the Gods at 11am, and a cleanup of the headwaters of the Salmon River at Timberline at 9am.

Finally, just a quick note: The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is next Friday and Saturday. Please be aware that this is a benefit for the Crag Law Center, the force behind the fight against the Timberline Bike Park. I’ve never ridden a bike park, but every year I watch thousands of dollars head north of the border to Whistler’s bike park. I’d rather see that money stay in Oregon. If you attend the film festival you are supporting the people who would see the bike park proposal tied up in litigation for years, before it is eventually approved as per the Forest Service’s recommendation. Knowledge is power. You have the power, He-Man and She-Ra.

Have an awesome day today!