Saturday. There seems to be an inversion cloud outside my window. Hmph. Grrr. Nice day for a trail run, tho…

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 October 18, 2014

Random Morning Thoughts

Just want to give you guys a heads up that I’ll be taking a class in The Dalles Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm next week. I’m going to do my best to get you a forecast each day, but it might not be possible. It might be every other day next week. Thanks for understanding!

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Gorge Wind

There’s a bit of an east gradient this morning, .05, and that’s enough for some light easterlies at Rooster. Expect 13-16 there this morning, with less at Steven’s Locks. The wind will become light and variable (LTV) by 2pm or earlier. Tomorrow starts with east wind at 23-26 at Rooster, filling in at Steven’s Locks by mid-morning, and then fading to LTV conditions by 2pm as the next weather system approaches.

We’ll see a bit of a shakeup on Monday as a cold front swings through, turning the wind onshore again. Expect a light and variable and rainy start, followed by up-and-down, gusty westerlies at 23-26 east of The Dalles in the afternoon.

As for the wind on the coast, it’ll be southerly through the extended period. Today: 20-25, fading to 10-15 with SW swell 11′ @ 10 seconds. Tomorrow: 25-35+, combined seas 12′ @ 11 seconds. Monday: 20-25 with W swell 12′ @ 15 seconds.

Today’s Gorge Wind – these are ranges for the average speed, not a predicted wind range. =)
Your favorite beach Dawn
Rooster’s Rocks E 13-16 E 13-16 E 5-10 LTV
Steven’s Locks E 5-10 E 13-16 E 5-10 LTV
Hatchery/White Salmon Sandbar (minus a few for Hood River) LTV LTV LTV LTV
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena LTV LTV LTV LTV
Rufus, etc. LTV LTV LTV LTV
Roosevelt, etc. LTV LTV LTV LTV
Temira’s sail: 35-40: 2.9 / 30-35: 3.2 / 26-30: 3.5
23-26: 4.0 / 20-23: 4.5 less than 20: something bigger!
Tonia’s kite: 35-40: 4m / 30-35: 4-6m / 26-30: 5-7m
23-26: 7-9m / 20-23: 8-10 / 15-20: 10-12 / 10-15: 13-15.

Gorge Weather

It’s looking partly cloudy outside my window this morning, and that means we’re lording it over the folks west of the Cascades, where it’s cloudy. Yo, if you’re in Portland, come on out. We’ll have sunshine today! :30am update: it was partly cloudy at 7am, and then the evil inversion cloud moved in. Now it’s just gray and gloomy. Damn you, inversion. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and upper 60’s in the afternoon. The snow level will be 10,000′ early, rising to 13,000′ in the afternoon. Rainbow chances are just 4%, unless you head west of Hood River. Then they rise to 68%.

We’ll probably start off Sunday with some low clouds. Then some high clouds will move in. In between those two, we’ll probably see sun. What we won’t see Sunday is rain. Expect temps in the low 50’s tomorrow morning and upper 60’s tomorrow afternoon. The freezing level will be around 13,000. No rainbows.

Rain starts late morning on Monday, becoming showery in the evening. Temps will be in low 50’s early and the mid 60’s in the afternoon. The snow level Monday will be 10,000 early and 8,000′ in the afternoon. Rainbow chances are 89%. Looks like we’ll see another round of heavy rain on Tuesday into Wednesday. The snow level will be around 6000′ initially on Tuesday, but will rise much higher as tropically sourced moisture hits the PNW.

White Sprinter Van of the Day with Cyclist named Terrydactyl


Road and Mountain Biking

Today is the free IMBA trailbuilding class. If you’re looking for something to do today, head to the Hood River fire station from 9-noon for the indoor part of the class where you’ll learn all sorts of trailbuilding theory. This is a really useful class if you ever plan to show up for a work party. In the afternoon, you’ll have a chance to practice the skills you learned on a section of the 140 trail. You cannot show up for the trail work party unless you take the morning class. Tomorrow is BikeToberFest, a fundraiser for the HRATS at the Whoopdee, 10-5pm.

And what are you going to do this morning anyway? It rained a lot yesterday afternoon, so it’s probably too slick to ride. Give it a few hours by going to the class, and then head out to shred. If you’re desperate to ride right now, Syncline handles the rain better than Post, Whoopdee, or Hospital, so try those out for size.

Road biking might be better east of here where the roads are not so wet. And remember, be careful out there – fallen leaves are almost as slippery as banana peels. Keep the rubber side down. And mark your calendar for the TAP meeting about Vista Ridge Road on Wednesday night at 5:30 at the Hood River Ranger Station.

The Clymb: free membership. Cheap gear.
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River Levels / Fish Counts/Cheezburger Update

The John Day Dam is reading 66kcfs. The Dalles Dam is putting out 60kcfs. There are two river-wide logs on the White Salmon: one just below Cave Rapid on the Middle and one below Cave Wave on the Lower. The White Salmon is around 1.7′. Yesterday’s fish counts weren’t up this morning, but maybe they will be later. Check them later on today, all by yourself. Columbia River temp is 64 degrees.


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

Harvest Fest is happening down at the Event Site today, so be prepared for traffic if you’re headed to the waterfront or downtown Hood River. At 8am today, the Hood River Running Club has their weekly Post Canyon trail run (meet at the bottom of Post). Today at 6pm, it’s the Vampires and Victims 5k/2k at Hood River Valley High. Show up in costume (or not) and be assigned to the vampire or victim crowd. Chase or be chased. All proceeds benefit the anti-concussion program. Headlamps are required, so don’t forget yours!

On Sunday, Mountain View Cycles has a fundraiser for HRATS at the Whoopdee trail. Free Trek demos, music, food… That’s happening from 10am-5pm, and the weather should be dry and sunny. Or at least dry. Also tomorrow, there’s free community yoga at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon at 9am, pickup touch rugby at the Mosier School at 3pm and ping pong at the Hood River Armory at 5pm. The Hawks play the Rams tomorrow at 10am.

Have an awesome day today!