Thursday. 10/10. Gorge wind (yes, really!), events, and other stuffs

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 October 10, 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

I slept in this morning because I was at the planning commission meeting until nearly 11pm last night. They voted 3-2 in favor of the park, with two members abstaining, meaning they voted against allowing the park to move forward (4 votes were needed). Their recommendation, which was against planning commission staff’s recommendation, now moves to the board of commissioners for another vote.

Wind guessings, prognosticatings and musings

What a pleasure it is to wake to a pretty sunrise and mostly clear sky. Tie that in with enough gradient for fun times on the water, and I see a good day in the making. Gradients are .07/.04 this morning, and the wind is in the upper teens on the water. Why? Because high pressure is building off the coast and a weather system is moving east.

Models suggest very strong wind from Hood River to The Dalles today, but I’m going to temper that enthusiasm and call it 22-25 today, once it warms up, from Hood River to Mosier this morning, filling in to Lyle/Rowena/Doug’s/Steven’s Locks this afternoon.

Looks like we’ll have another round of westerlies tomorrow in the 15-18 range near Hood River. Saturday looks cool and showery, with westerlies at 15-18.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Steven’s Locks light W 15-18 15-18 20-23
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) 16-19 22-25 22-25 16-19
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle 10-13 10-13 16-19 22-25
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall 10-13 10-13 16-19 16-19
Arlington / Roosevelt 10-13 10-13 15-18 15-18

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Plain old weather

In the mountains, the freezing level will be around 7000′ today and 8000′ tomorrow. As the next system comes in on Saturday, the snow level will fall to 4000′ with just a couple inches of new snow at resort elevations. Speaking of resorts, Timberline is open for skiing Friday-Sunday. And speaking of other resorts, Lost Lake Resort just got shut down due to the government shutdown.

Mountain biking

The dirt is perfect.

Events n’ stuff – Please email with upcoming events related to the outdoors

My calendar says there’s nothing going on tonight, which means you and I both get a chance to just chill out somewhere with friends or with a good book. Probably the latter for me.

(You may have read the following paragraphs before. I’m short on time this morning.)
Coming up this weekend, Skibowl has trail work parties both Saturday and Sunday. “Why,” you ask, “should I do work for a for-profit corporation for free?” Well, you’re not. They’ll give you a lift ticket for each day you work, and they’ll also feed you pizza and beer at the Ratskeller in Govy after you work. Yes, that’s right. Your friends at Skibowl love you. Your friends at IMBA also love you, and their annual summit is at Oakridge tomorrow and Saturday.

At the Skamania County Fairgrounds on Saturday, it’s the Food Forum, brought to you by Gorge Grown. Lots of talks on food-related stuff. Lots of kids’ activities. Food. Mmmm.

Also Saturday, CGWA has a work party at Doug’s Beach from 9-noon.

Have an awesome day today!