Sunday. 10/27. Gorge wind, frost warning, and fun events!

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 October 27, 2013

It’s fall now, and that means it’s time for … more windsurfing and kiting! No, silly. It’s time to think about skiing.

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Random Morning Thoughts

It’s dark. I want the sun to come up so I can go windsurfing before the wind dies. Come on sun!

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Wind guessings, prognosticatings and musings

Sometimes I’m amazed when I wake up and my prediction has become reality. Given the calm wind yesterday evening, I was having a hard time believing today would bring strong westerlies. But iWind/iKite reported 28mph at Swell at 7am with a PDX-DLS gradient of .17, along with another .08 out east. Seeing as how it was pitch black as I was writing this forecast, I’m not sure of the location of the cloud line, but I’m going to ignore any clouds and take that 28 by the reins.

Expect 26-30+ this morning from Hood River to The Dalles with a little less further east. If I were you, I wouldn’t drive, as the models show the wind fading later today, especially after 2pm.

High pressure takes control again tomorrow, for east winds at 26-30 at Stevenson and 35-45 at Rooster. Those easterlies die overnight, leaving us with relatively calm wind on Tuesday morning.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Steven’s Locks 13-16 13-16 21-23 10-13
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) 27-31 28-32 26-30
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle 27-31 28-32 26-30
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall 21-24 24-28 21-24 15-18
Arlington / Roosevelt 17-21 21-24 21-24 15-18

Plain old weather

And that wind forecast for Tuesday leads into the first widespread frost alert for the year: With clear sky Monday night coupled with calm wind, expect freezing temps (high 20’s) on Tuesday morning. Actually, there’s a chance of frost on Sunday night as the free air freezing level drops to 1000′, coupled with an inversion through the Gorge, so frost is likely here in Hood River both Monday and Tuesday morning.

Yes, gardeners, it is time to rescue your tomatoes, peppers, and basil, if you haven’t already.

Up on Mt. Hood, the snow level will be around 5500′ today, with an inch or so of new snow at best.

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It doesn’t look like we’ll see enough rain out of today’s system to improve the trail quality. Wednesday, maybe? And be on the lookout for free-thaw mud in exposed locations (Syncline, for example), starting on Monday.

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

Today at Dirty Fingers, there’s the “We Hate Cancer” ride at noon – a Post n’ Pint midday lap. Show up. Ride. Get a free beer. Then eat some fundraiser boobie cupcakes nd chicken breasts and buy special limited edition pink and black jerseys. (Not many of those left)

Later this evening, at 4pm, it’s the Vampires and Victims 3k chase/run at HRVHS. Show up in costume. You’ll be assigned to be a vampire or a victim. Victims start first. Vampires chase. $10 if you’re in costume. $15 if you’re not. $5 for kids. Bring a headlamp. Cash prizes for the winners. Hmph. And I thought not getting caught by a vampire and killed would have been enough winning for me. Who needs cash when you’ve just escaped with your life?

Have an awesome day today!