Sunday. Clouds now. Sun later.

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 June 18, 2017

Mt. Adams Country Bike Tour

The 15th Annual Mt. Adams Country Bicycle Tour on June 24th will have you cycling on quiet country roads around the Trout Lake area with Mt. Adams right over your shoulder. Four ride options include an 11½-mile Family Friendly ride, a 51-mile Trout Lake – BZ Corner – Glenwood Loop, a 54-mile Forest Route and a 105-mile Infinity Ride. All rides feature well-marked routes, well-stocked rest stops, lunch and dinner options, plus sag wagons, repair support and emergency coverage. It’s a carefree ride through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Pacific Northwest. More information and online registration on

Gorge Wind Forecast

It’s a rather mellow start to the day as far as wind goes, with the westerlies hovering in the 0-10 range in the western Gorge and 10-15 or so east of Hood River. As a weak warm front lifts north and temps rise across the region this afternoon, well, not much more will happen other than sunshine. We’ll see 10-15 east of Hood River this morning. As the sky clears today, the wind will shift back to the Stevenson to Doug’s stretch of the river, maxing out around 10-13. River flow is 325kcfs and river temp is 59 degrees.

Stronger west wind returns on Monday afternoon, but first we have to get through the Monday morning easterlies. Incidentally, if you’ve been wanting to do the road ride from Wyeth to Crown Point, Monday morning looks perfect. So, we’ll have east wind at 15-20 at Stevenson and Rooster on Monday morning. By 1pm or so, the wind will switch to W 10-13, slowly building to 20-23 after 5pm from Stevenson to The Dalles. The increasing west wind is driven by an approaching cold front, so you can expect the wind to be gusty. It will probably be strongest at Stevenson, The Tunnels, and the Event Site, with lower speeds and more up-and-down conditions at Swell and the Rowena stretch. The wind will continue to pick up after dark.
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Today’s Gorge Wind – these are ranges for the average speed, not a predicted wind range. =)
Your favorite beach Dawn
Rooster Rock tan your moon soon!
Steven’s Locks 0-10 0-10 10-13 10-13
Hatchery/White Salmon Sandbar (minus a few for Hood River) 0-10 0-10 10-13 10-13
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 10-13 10-13 10-13 10-13
Rufus, etc. 325kcfs 10-13 5-10 5-10
Roosevelt, etc. 10-15 10-13 5-10 5-10



Gorge Wind Forecast, continued.

A solid marine push on Tuesday morning combines with strong high pressure in the Pacific and a 13 degree drop in max temps for a very windy day. It’ll probably start out gusty and less windy than gradients suggest, but increasing atmospheric stability after 11am will cause the wind to ramp up. In addition, a heat low will push into the desert in the afternoon, if you trust the models. We’ll start the day with Dawn Patrol at 24-28 from Hood River to Arlington. The wind will slowly building, jumping to the 28-32 range after noon. The wind should be strongest from Swell (assuming the clouds don’t push in too far) to Rufus. It’s worth noting that river flow has backed off over the last few days. If this holds, we’ll be at the normal max flow for the Rufus stretch, around 325kcfs, for this windy stretch.

Wednesday sees slightly less marine push but still plenty of offshore high pressure and onshore flow. It currently looks like we’ll have 17-20 from Viento to Hood River early Wednesday morning with 25-29 on Wednesday afternoon. Models suggest W 17-20 or so on Thursday. There’s quite a bit of disagreement in the long-range forecasts, so I’m going to pass on predicting any further out.


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Jones, Sauvie’s, Coast Beta Test Forecast

Jones Sunday: no. Monday: 24-28. Tuesday: 17-20. Sauvie’s Sunday: 10-13 late. Tuesday: 8-12 all day and 13-16 late. Wednesday: 7-10. Coast (north/central/south). Sunday: no/15-20/30+, W swell 4′ @ 9. Monday: 10-15/10-15/20+, W 5′ @ 10. Tuesday: 15-20/25-30/nuking, W 4′ @ 10.

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

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Random Morning Thoughts

If I take time to write this, I won’t be able to take time to shower before yoga this morning. I’m thinking that my fellow yoginis would appreciate my cleanliness more than my reflections, so I’m going to go wash off. 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’s cloudy out there this morning, which is surprising. If you go to sleep for a couple more hours, those clouds should go away, leaving us with full sunshine. Temps will be near 60 early and near 80 this afternoon. Light west wind. No rainbows. Monday looks sunny. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and the upper 80’s in the afternoon. East wind early. Moderate westerlies late in the day. No rainbows. Tuesday looks cooler, but hopefully still sunny. Temps will be near 60 early and in the mid 70’s in the afternoon. Strong west wind. No rainbows.

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White Sprinter Van of the Day


Road and Mountain Biking

I rode Whoopdee yesterday morning, and the dirt was pretty good there. I rode Post yesterday evening, and the dirt was even better there. So, you should probably go mountain biking somewhere today! In road biking news, the day will heat right up as soon as these clouds are gone, so an earlier ride will be less sweaty.

Upcoming Events

There are a couple of special evens for dads today – the Discovery Center is free, and Big Winds has free Standup Paddle rentals from 12 to 3 for fathers.

Other events today include the three free Sunday yoga classes – 9am at Samadhi in White Salmon, 4pm YogaFaith at Pure Yoga in The Dalles, and 6pm restorative yoga at Pure Yoga in Hood River. There’s also family-friendly pickup touch rugby at 11 today at the Hood River Marina.

Next weekend is the Beach Bash at Hood River’s Event Site. On Saturday, Trout Lake has the Mt. Adams Country Bike Tour, there’s a swap meet at Luhr Jensen, a windsurfing race at the Event Site in Hood River, and a work party on the 180 trail in Post Canyon. There’s an Enduro mountain bike race hosted by Timberline and Skibowl next Sunday, and apparently there’s an XC race there today.

Have an awesome day today!