Saturday. Rainbows, cherries, some wind, and free windsurfing demos

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 June 28, 2014

Random Morning Thoughts

I was in Odell yesterday cleaning somebody’s house. Odell was a war zone. Cherry farmers vs. rain. While rainbows floated over the western valley, helicopters flew low to the ground in the central valley, attempting to blow the rain off the cherry trees. As soon as the rotor wash dried the fruit, more rain fell, coalescing on the tops of the cherries, overflowing, and dripping off the tips.

The house I was cleaning has about a dozen cherry trees, and I wandered outside for a cherry buffet after I’d finished making toilets, windows, and floors sparkle. The tops of many cherries were cracking, and one had split wide open. I felt sad. I was sick to my stomach. Why can’t my cherry farmer friends get just one perfect year?

Today’s Gorge Wind – these are ranges for the average speed, not a predicted wind range. =)
Your favorite beach Dawn
Rooster’s Rocks find
Steven’s Locks light light gusty
Hatchery (minus a few for Hood River) light light gusty
Doug’s, etc. light light gusty
Rufus, etc. 8-13 8-13 10-15 15-18
Roosevelt, etc. light 8-13 10-15 15-18

Gorge Wind

I was moving along getting this forecast written this morning, and then I went on my sad rant about rain and cherries. And that made me think of the five pounds of cherries in my fridge. And then, of course, I had to eat cherries. So, your wind forecast is five minutes later than it would have been.
Blame it on the rain.

Anyway, we’ll see light wind this morning (the gradients were .01 and .04 at 6am). Later today, sometime around 2pm, probably, we’ll see the wind pick up to 15-18 from Mosier to Arlington. The cloudy western Gorge will see 9-13.

Sunday starts with 5-10 through the whole Gorge. As high pressure slowly builds off the coast, we’ll see the wind pick up to 10-13 midday and 16-20 late in the afternoon. I suspect the strongest wind Sunday will be from the Hatchery to the Lyle section of river.

Monday brings light east wind. Next nuking day, if the models are correct, will be Wednesday, as we see the inland high pressure replaced by a big marine push.

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Gorge Weather

Thank you so much to the three people who sent me “rainbow of the day” photos yesterday. Last night I tried to make a portfolio and post them on my website, but that crashed my blog page. So I guess I need to do a little studying on how my new theme works. Anyway, thanks for the photos. They made me smile.

On to today’s weather… Given how cloudy it is, I’d say we’re looking at a 59% chance of rainbows in Hood River. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and upper 60’s in the afternoon with increasing light west wind.

Tomorrow looks partly cloudy, becoming clear late. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and low 70’s in the afternoon with slightly stronger west wind than today. Rainbow chances are 3%.

Monday looks sunny and calm. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and low 80’s in the afternoon. It will be a great day for tanning!

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Road and Mountain Biking

I thought for sure Post would be ready by this morning, but I’m wondering if it might be muddy in there. I guess I’ll go look. The 44 Road trails seem to drain a bit better, so I bet you’ll find amazeballs dirt up there today. The wildflowers are out on St. Helens, and there’s still snow on Gunsight. And the road biking should be downright EPIC on Monday.

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River Levels

The White Salmon is at approximately 2.9′. The Klickitat is at 1390cfs. The John Day dam is putting out 241-262kcfs and The Dalles dam is reading 225kcfs. Columbia river temp is 62 degrees at The Dalles Dam.

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

Today is Windfest (killing the wind every year for years on end) at Hood River’s Event Site, with free windsurfing demos, free beginner lessons, and free clinics. There’s a family-friendly mountain bike campout at the EasyCLIMB in Cascade Locks tonight. There’s also downhill skateboarding today at Maryhill Loops Road. The Hood River Running Club has a trail run at Post Canyon at 8am.

The Mt. Adams Country Bike Tour is today and The Six Hours of Skibowl mountain bike race is tomorrow. Also on tomorrow, from 7-1 at Luhr Jensen in Hood River, there’s a Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association all sports swap meet. Come on by and pick up some new gear, and while you’re at the swap meet, join your local windsurfing advocacy organization.

Finally, don’t forget that you can watch all the world cup games at Skylight Theatre on the big screen, so if football is your thing, that’s the place.

Have an awesome day today!