Sunday. Clean air. Crisp wind. Good!

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 August 13, 2017

Today’s Gorge Wind – these are ranges for the average speed, not a predicted wind range. =)
Your favorite beach Dawn
Rooster Rock late summer brown buns
Steven’s Locks 5-10 5-10 10-13 12-15
Hatchery/Wunderbar 5-10 5-10 10-13 12-15
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 10-13 13-16 20-23+ 24-28
Rufus, etc. 10-13 13-16 20-23+ 24-28
Roosevelt, etc. 13-17 18-23 20-23+ 24-28



Gorge Wind Forecast

Things are looking a lot different out there this morning than they were yesterday morning, aren’t they? Clouds in Hood River, gradients of .05 and .04, and even some showers in the western Gorge. This is all happening because a cold front is moving through the region, bringing in cooler, cleaner air. This system will make its way through during the day, leaving us with moderate offshore high pressure and low pressure in the desert. Areas west of Mosier will likely stay cloudy all day today.

This leaves us with westerlies in the single digits to mid teens to start the day, with the strongest wind out near Roosevelt. The wind will slowly build to inconsistent 12-15 from Cascade Locks to Mosier today. Areas further east will slowly build to 24-28, not hitting those higher windspeeds until mid afternoon. Strongest, steadiest wind today will likely be in the Avery to Rufus corridor. The Roosevelt area will pick up later, but should also end up with consistent westerlies.

On Monday morning, a weak weather system moves through, bringing another round of marine clouds to the western Gorge. It looks like the bulk of the clouds will be to the west of Hood River. The day will start off light, with just 7-10 between Swell and Mosier. The wind will slowly build during the day. By midday, we should be seeing 13-16 from Cascade Locks to Hood River. Mid-afternoon wind should be in the 20-23 range between Stevenson and The Dalles.

Looking at Tuesday… another weak weather system approaches, for another round of somewhat gusty westerlies. The day starts with 12-15 or a touch more between Viento and Hood River. In the afternoon, the wind will pick up to gusty 20-23. As of right now, Wednesday looks windier. Stronger high pressure offshore combines with a lack of atmospheric dynamics for solid 25-29 near Hood River. Let’s see how that forecast holds over the next few days, shall we?


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Jones, Sauvie’s, Coast Beta Test Forecast

Jones Sunday: 15-18. Monday: 20-23. Tuesday: 16-19. Sauvie’s Sunday: 13-16 late. Monday: 10-13 late. Tuesday: 10-13. Coast (north/central/south). Sunday: no/10-15/30-35, W 3′ @ 10. Monday: 5-10/15-20/35+, NW 6′ @ 10. Tuesday: 5-10/10-15/30+, W 5′ @ 10.

Random Morning Thoughts

When I find myself overwhelmed and overworked, I have a tendency to isolate myself to create some recovery time. Often, though, what I really find nourishing is to spend time with good friends. But when I’m tired, I don’t realize that’s what I need!

Our minds are complex, and they can give us incorrect suggestions in low moments. Sometimes we know this. For example, I know that if I go for a mountain bike ride, I’m going to feel better, no matter what!

It’s important to know ourselves well enough that we’re not fooled by the messages our tired, anxious, depressed, frustrated, overwhelmed minds are giving us. That might mean keeping track of the things that make us feel better when we’re feeling down. Put it in a place you’ll find it and remember to look at it, and trust that list even when your mind is creating other stories.

Learn what works. Implement what works. You’ll feel better. Have an awesome day!

Disclaimer required by my grad school program: I am not your therapist (but I could be 27 graduate school credits from now). 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 rained just a touch last night, and now the sky in Hood River is mostly cloudy. We’ll see the clouds continue pretty much all day. Temps will be in the low 60’s early and the mid 70’s in the afternoon. Moderate westerlies. 1% chance of rainbows. As an added bonus, it’s finally cool enough, and the air is finally smoke-free enough, that you can leave your windows open all day long! Monday looks mostly clear. Temps will be in the mid 50’s (really? Wow!) early and the upper 70’s in the afternoon. Light to moderate west wind. No rainbows. Tuesday looks a lot like Monday but a couple degrees warmer.

For weather specifically directed at travel through the Gorge, please visit Temira’s Awesome Travel Advisory Service on Facebook.

White Sprinter Van of the Day


Road and Mountain Biking

Whoopdee, Hospital Hill, and all other SDS and Kreps lands are closed from today on through the end of fire season. That’s when “significant rain” falls and the fire danger is considered over. Also currently closed: Dethman Ridge Road at Odell Creek and Highway 30 at Chenoweth Bridge. The second one has a bypass for bikes and pedestrians in place along The Dalles waterfront trail.

Upcoming Events

Today’s events start off with the Bridge of the Gods Run, which will shut down Bridge of the Gods for an hour this morning. Today’s also the Neon Classic Drag Races in Dallesport, Gorge Cup windsurfing races at Hood River’s Event Site, and Vintage Dufur Days.

There’s ping pong at the Hood River Armory this morning at 10 and all-ages pickup touch rubgy at the Hood River Marina at 11. There are three by-donation yoga classes today: 9am at Samadhi, 4pm at Pure Yoga in The Dalles, and 6pm at Pupre Yoga Hood River.

Next weekend’s highlights include the Oregon Bigfoot Festival in Troutdale, the Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge, and a pre-Eclipse Party in Goldendale. There’s also the RS Aero sailboat races in Cascade Locks, the St. Helens International Festival of Trails, and the Skamania County Fair footrace.

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!