Saturday-Sunday: West wind. Good dirt.

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 October 7, 2017

Today’s Gorge Wind – these are ranges for the average speed, not a predicted wind range. =)
Your favorite beach Dawn
Rooster Rock raindrops naked outdoor shower
Steven’s Locks 13-18 13-18 13-18 13-18
Hatchery/Wunderbar 13-18 13-18 13-18 13-18
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 13-18 13-18 24-28 24-28
Rufus, etc. 13-18 13-18 24-28 24-28
Roosevelt, etc. 13-18 13-18 24-28 24-28



Gorge Wind Forecast

It’s a cloudy and sprinkly Saturday morning as I write this forecast, and the weather is going to stay at least partly cloudy and sprinkly in the western Gorge all day. A frontal system moving through will bump the wind speeds up in the afternoon. With morning gradients of .10 and .08, we’re looking at a windy day on the river.

The clouds and showers will impact wind strength and consistency between Stevenson and Mosier today; you can expect up-and-down 13-18 in that stretch of river all day. Further east, between Rowena and Threemile, the wind will rise to 24-28 this afternoon, with stronger periods possible. Given that there’s a weather system moving through, the strongest and steadiest wind will likely be in the “near east” beaches: Rowena to Avery, perhaps Rufus, but I suspect it’ll be gusty there.

Strong high pressure builds off the coast on Sunday, and weaker high pressure builds in the desert. The 12k GFS doesn’t think it’ll be windy at all, but the higher resolution GFS thinks we’ll see 10-13 to start the day everywhere and 13-16 in the afternoon between Cascade Locks and Rufus. That seems reasonable to me, given the offshore high.

High pressure builds inland on Monday, turning the wind around. We’ll start the day with easterlies at 5-10. As the ridging intensifies, the wind will pick up to 20-25+ at Rooster and 20-25 at Stevenson, holding through late afternoon. A weather system approaches early on Tuesday morning. That will bring a return to west wind.


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Jones, Sauvie’s, Coast Beta Test Forecast

Jones Saturday: 5-10. Sunday-Monday: no. Sauvie’s Saturday: no. Sunday: 5-10. Monday: no. Coast (north/central/south). Saturday: no/no/20-25+, NW swell 6′ at 12 seconds. Sunday: 15-20/20-25/25-30, NW 12′ @ 14. Monday: 20-25/25-30/30-35, NW 8′ @ 13.

Random Morning Thoughts

The mind is an amazing thing. It’s contained in the body, it’s the source of our perceptions, and we have very little control over it. No, really. Have you ever thought to yourself, “I don’t want to be feeling this way,” or, “I don’t want to be doing this thing.”? I bet you have! Right there is proof that your mind is out of your control.

Think for a moment about how incredible that is. Your mind has the power to drag you along through all sorts of experiences, and you are powerless to stop it. Whoa. Accepting that fact leads to an obvious question: “Is there a way I can control my mind?”

The jury, for me, is still out on that, but I know that you can train the mind to behave in ways that feel better to you. When it does that, you don’t need to control it. You can develop the ability to step far enough back from your mind’s machinations that you can separate your feelings from your behaviors. You can develop enough distance to laugh at what your mind is throwing at you, even if you don’t like it.

Some people think the answer to all this is “willpower”. That answer sets you up for failure and self-blame. Willpower will never be stronger than the unconscious mind that’s creating emotions and actions. Meditation, however, can give you the ability to watch the mind, rather than being carried away by it. Meditation is not about quieting the mind; it is about watching it, retraining it, and making it produce the feelings and actions you want. That’s just some food for thought this morning. Speaking of food, I’m hungry, and I’m going to go eat breakfast. Have an awesome day!

Disclaimer required by my grad school program: I am not your therapist, but could be if you come to Comprehensive Healthcare in White Salmon. 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

It’s a cloudy and sprinkly morning, and that’ll be the way today goes. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and low 60’s in the afternoon. Moderate west wind. 99% chance of rainbows. Sunday might be partly cloudy early, but it’ll clear up in the evening. Temps will be in the upper 40’s early and the mid 60’s in the afternoon. Light westerlies. .05% chance of rainbows. Monday looks sunny. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and upper 60’s in the afternoon. East wind. No rainbows.

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White Sprinter Van of the Week


Road and Mountain Biking

Just a reminder that many of the trails above 8-Track in Post Canyon are closed. There will be heavy equipment in the closed areas over the next few weeks, so please stay out. The Sheriff and county forest employees are quite frustrated with all the riding happening on closed trails. If the fear of authority doesn’t motivate you, please think about a tree falling on your head. Perhaps that will keep you out of there! If you are wondering what to ride that’s open, consider Seven Streams to 8-Track to Bad Motor Scooter to GP-Float On-Kleeway. Or consider Whoopdee-Ronnoc or Hospital Hill, both of which are very much open. Kitchen Sink is also open, and all Hood River County lands have reopened for motorized use.

Upcoming Events

There are all sorts of events happening as part of Gorge Happiness Month, more than I care to type out. If you’d like to exercise, there’s a group trail run in Post Canyon at 8am. Apparently it is Hops Fest this weekend, which has nothing to do with exercise.

Click here for the full events calendar.

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!