Saturday: KB4C at the Event Site. Wind everywhere!

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 July 15, 2017

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Today’s Gorge Wind – these are ranges for the average speed, not a predicted wind range. =)
Your favorite beach Dawn
Rooster Rock butt bare if you dare!
Steven’s Locks 16-19 19-22 24-28 24-28
Hatchery/Wunderbar 24-28 24-28 28-32 24-28
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 16-19 19-23 26-32 28-32
Rufus, etc. 16-19 20-26 28-32 28-32
Roosevelt, etc. 16-19 20-26 25-29 28-32



Gorge Wind Forecast

Today is the Kite Derby at KB4C, and that means we really don’t need a wind forecast. Mother Nature loves KB4C, and therefore it will be quite windy today. Joking aside, we really are looking at a windy day. There’s a trough of low pressure headed this way, and that’ll keep the City cooler than the desert today and amp up the gradient this afternoon. The trough is running behind schedule, but that just means a slightly less windy day than yesterday’s predictions. With the early gradient at .15 (pdx-dls) and .06 (dls-psc), we’ve got a solid start. River flow is 176kcfs and temp is 68 degrees.

Expect west wind at 24-28 this morning from Viento to the Wunderbar, filling in at the Event Site and Mosier by mid-morning. The rest of the Gorge (east and west of V-HR) will see 16-19 or so to start the day. The wind will steadily build from Cascade Locks to Rufus, with 24-28 by mid to late morning. As the trough moves closer in the afternoon, the wind will climb to 28-32 from Swell to Arlington with 24-28 at Cascade Locks. Arlington’s going to be right at the edge of the strong portion of the wind field and the latest to fill in.

Two things to keep in mind: the Event Site is hosting KB4C today. In the past, that has meant that windsurfers are relegated to the Waterfront Park this weekend. Second: the Gorge Outrigger Race is today, meaning there will be a lot of boats headed downwind from Stevenson to Bingen at some point today. Those folks have a lot of momentum and they are racing, so please give them the right of way.

Looking at tomorrow… the GFS suggests the trough’s inland progress will dampen wind speeds. The sounding model suggests a few morning clouds in Hood River. I have a suspicion the wind might just beat the models tomorrow. Let’s go with 20-23 from Mosier to Rufus early with 20-23 from Cascade Locks to The Dalles in the afternoon. Roosevelt might start off with some wind but will back off to light wind by early afternoon. All that said, the GFS actually suggests 17-20 in the morning from HR to Mosier with 12-15 from mid-morning on between Cascade Locks and Mosier. So, take your pick. Enough wind to get many folks on the water.

Looking at Monday, we’ll have a light wind start to the day. In the afternoon, it’s looking like 12-15 from Cascade Locks to Hood River. At this point, Tuesday and Wednesday are looking like 22-25, but those long range forecasts tend to be pretty unreliable.

Kiteboard for Cancer and Camp Koru Need You!

Kiteboard for Cancer happens July 14th through 16th at Hood River’s Event Site. They are still looking for a few volunteers. If you have some time, sign up now. If time is difficult to come by, make a donation to support camps for young adult survivors of cancer. I donated already. Your turn!

Jones, Sauvie’s, Coast Beta Test Forecast

Jones Saturday: 11-14. Sunday: 10-13. Sunday: 22-25. Sauvie’s the next three days: 12-15. Coast (north/central/south). Saturday: 5-10/10-15/30+, W swell 3′ at 8 seconds. Sunday: 10-15/25-30/35+, W 2′ @ 8. Monday: 15-20/15-20/35+, W 3′ @ 8.

Random Morning Thoughts

One of the signs of an emotionally mature person is the ability to separate behaviors from emotions and also distinguish which behaviors are wise and which are harmful. What do I mean by this? Well, we tend to link emotions with behaviors. For example, if one is angry, one yells. If one is ashamed, one withdraws. If one is sad, one cries.

Our emotions and our behavioral reactions become automatic over time. This is a trap; we fall into patterns that can cause us more pain than the original emotion, and that is not wise. I ask you this: is it really necessary to yell (or do whatever you do) when you are angry? Might there be a different way? Is it set in stone that feelings of shame lead you to hide or disconnect? Can you combat that impulse? As for crying, can you be kind enough to yourself to show your sadness, to let the tears flow?

Play with this sometime. And by play, I mean make a lighthearted attempt – personal growth, like all of life, can be playful and fun. See if you can separate your emotion from your conditioned behavioral response. When you’re angry, can you pick a different action than your normal one? If not, no biggie. Just try again next time, kinda like you kept trying that jibe until you got it. Have an awesome day.

Disclaimer required by my grad school program: I am not your therapist (but I could be 27 graduate school credits from now). I am your weather forecaster. Take everything I say with a grain of salt, and consult with your actual therapist about your mental health issues. One other thing: I plan to keep doing this forecast indefinitely, even when I am a therapist.

Gorge Weather Forecast

Today will be sunny with temps in the mid 60’s early and low 80’s in the afternoon. Strong wind. No rainbows. Sunday might see a few clouds in the morning, but we’ll have sunshine in the afternoon. Temps will be near 60 early and in the upper 70’s in the afternoon. Moderate west wind. No rainbows. Monday looks just like Sunday but a little less windy.

For weather specifically directed at travel through the Gorge, please visit Temira’s Awesome Travel Advisory Service on Facebook.

White Sprinter Van of the Day


Road and Mountain Biking

All the mountain bike trails are open. =) As far as I know, all the road bike rides are open, at least until another dumbshit tosses something burning on the ground and starts another wildfire that shuts down a ride (happened twice so far this season!). Oh, speaking of fires. We are now at IFPL 3 in Hood River, meaning moto on trails is done for the season. You can still ride moto on improved (rocked, mowed) roads. Kreps and Stevenson lands are likely to close by the middle of next week. That means all trails on Hospital Hill and the Whoopdee area will close. Ride them now, and please, please, please respect the landowners’ wishes after that or you risk everyone’s access going forward.

Upcoming Events

If you need something to do today, Kiteboard for Cancer is at the Event Site all day, with music from 10 to 6 along with the Derby race. Cascade Locks has the Gorge Skiff Regatta sailboat races today and tomorrow, which could get very interesting this afternoon with all that wind. If you’re on the river today, watch out for outrigger canoes racing downwind from Stevenson to Bingen. The Wild Woman ulta, half-marathon and relay race runs today in Trout Lake, and the High Cascades 100 is in Bend tomorrow.

Other fun things on the schedule today include a group trail run at 8 in Post Canyon, a women’s bike ride at 9 at Mountain View Cycles, a free yoga class at Lewis and Clark Park at 10:30, and Tum a Lum’s Founder’s Day from 10 to 3. Tomorrow’s the never-ever-kiteboarded race at noon at the Hood River Event Site.

There are three community yoga classes tomorrow (by-donation): 9am at Samadhi in White Salmon, 4pm YogaFaith (Christ-centered) at Pure Yoga in The Dalles, and a 6pm class at Pure Yoga in Hood River. There’s also family-friendly pickup touch rugby at the Hood River Marina at 11am.

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

The Mt. Hood snow forecast is currently on vacation. It will stay on vacation until I deem it to be close enough to winter that we need a Mt. Hood snow forecast. Be safe out there on the snow this summer!

Have an awesome day today!