Sunday, 6/22. Gorge unpredictable wind. Rain for our trails. Fun stuff to do.

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 June 23, 2013

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The radar image this morning shows a lot of scattered showers. There’s not much reaching the ground yet, as the dry atmosphere absorbs the virga. But don’t you wait. Rain is coming. If not this morning, then this afternoon, as southwest flow aloft combines with lots of moisture aloft to create actual rain. The rain will be heaviest after 2pm. Tomorrow also sees a big shot of moisture headed our way. Will it get us? Will it get our cherry farmers? Unknown at this time, but likely. And if it doesn’t get us tomorrow, it’ll get us Tuesday.

Wind forecast

Rain in the forecast does not bode well for the wind forecast. Expect light wind today through, oh, noon or a little later, when the wind will slowly pick up out of the west ahead of an approaching weather system. Expect gusty, up-and-down, unreliable, nearly-unpredictable 15-18 from Stevenson to The Dalles after 2pm, maybe picking up to 21-24 if we’re lucky. Also, expect a short-lived stronger shot of wind out east after 5pm. Worth chasing that late bump? Probably not. Worth heading to Rufus for free kite/board demos and free bbq/beer? Food zone, yes, Kiting? Questionable. Socializing, definitely.

The extended forecast becomes increasingly unreliable as more time stacks on: for the next 48 hours, weather systems passing through the Gorge combine with low pressure systems off the coast for gusty, inconsistent, up-and-down wind. That said, expect 17-21ish from Hood River to Arlington tomorrow morning, with maybe 21-24 in the afternoon east of The Dalles. Tuesday looks no easier to predict, with some sort of west wind likely at some point in the day.

With all of that bitching and whining done, I will say that there are no big, steady, strong, classic, amazing days in the near future. Do not panic about going to work for the first half of this week.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Stevenson light light light rainy 15-18
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) light light light rainy 15-18
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle light light light 15-18
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall light light light 15-18
Arlington / Roosevelt light light light 15-18

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Cycling news

Mt. Hood Cycling Classic spandex-clad bike racers head to Lost Lake, Vista Ridge, and Cooper Spur for the Three Summits race, with 10,000′ of climbing for the pro men’s field. With rain in the forecast, it’ll be a tough one for the racers, so go cheer them on. Best of luck today to all the racers and to all the folks doing the Tour de Hood supported Three Summits ride.

There’s also a work party on the new Superconnector trail on the 44 Road today – come help build 2 new miles of trail that will keep cyclists off the road for the entire distance from the top of High Prarie to the bottom of Kitchen Sink.

Crater Lake Rim Road is open this weekend for bicyles and hikers only, so if you happen to be in the area, jump on this rare opportunity.

Other stuff

The Hood River Saddle Club has a horsey event today, with horse people doing tricky mountain-style things on horsies. Go check that out (the Saddle Club is on Country Club, and if you need poop for your garden, they have plenty). Also today, sometime this evening, there’s a whitewater kayaking comp at Top Drop at the BZ Corners launch. You could chase down the time by asking Wet Planet or Big Man’s Rotisserie in Husum.

Finally, there’s pickup touch rugby at 3pm at the Mosier School and pickup Ultimate at 4pm at the Hood River Marina.

Have an awesome day today!