Thursday, 9/19. Yeah, I spaced posting early this morning…

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 September 19, 2013

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Random Morning Thoughts
Say goodbye to summer. It ends, at least temporarily, tomorrow. Actually, it feels like fall this morning – it was only 43 degrees at Larry’s house at 7:30 this morning.

Wind and weather forecast

This last blast of high-pressure-protected summer weather is bringing us east wind today. Our friends at iWindsurf say it’s already 29mph at Rooster Rock. Stevenson will join the fun at 23-27 by mid-morning. Expect easterlies all day today, strongest and steadiest mid-morning through mid-afternoon.

Tomorrow starts out calm – truly the calm before the storm – but a powerful cold front moves in early to late afternoon. We’ll see the wind jump just before this incoming wall of clouds and rain hits: expect W 15-18 from Stevenson to Hood River by 2pm or so, picking up to gusty, up-and-down 26-30 from Hood River to Arlington late in the afternoon, hopefully before dark. The rain should start sometime between 5pm and 8pm.

This weekend brings cooler, showery weather, with gusty westerlies at 15-18 or 17-21 both days.

In rain news, as I said, it’ll start late in the day tomorrow. On Saturday, expect a lull in the shower action early, with showers picking up after 11am. Sunday starts relatively dry, but a 48 hour wet spell begins sometime in the late afternoon.

The snow level will drop to 7500′ Saturday, 6500′ on Sunday, and, in the extended outlook, 5500′ on Tuesday.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Steven’s Locks E 10-15 E 23-27 E 23-27 E 21-24
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) E 5-10 E 5-10 E 5-10 E 5-10
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle light E 5-10 E 5-10 E 5-10
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall light E 5-10 E 5-10 E 5-10
Arlington / Roosevelt light E 5-10 E 5-10 E 5-10

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Important Post Canyon News

For you Post Canyon users, know that the county is spraying herbicide today, so Seven Streams, parts of Spaghetti, and the 115L trail will be closed through 6am Saturday. The rest of Post Canyon is still open. Prepare yourself for epic mountain biking starting this weekend. Once the rain starts falling, it’s ‘game on’ in Post, where the dustbowl become the tackfest.

And speaking of closed trails, Whoopdee and Hospital Hill and all Kreps and SDS lands– remain closed due to fire danger. Stay tuned as we head into next week, because we’re going to transition into a much cooler, much wetter weather pattern, and that may just be enough to start opening more trails both on private land and on county land.

Stuff happening

Just a reminder to all you Post Canyon users – Seven Streams, Spaghetti Factory, and the 115L trail are all closed through tomorrow due to the county’s herbicide spraying operation on the Clematis Timber Sale. Due to the closures, the weekly Post n’ Pint ride is canceled this week, but if you want to hang out with those mountain bikers, swing by Dirty Fingers for beer and Thursday Night Football instead.

If you want to ride in Post Canyon, consider parking at Family Man and riding up from there. You could ride up 8-Track, up the 140, down the 130, down the 133, back over to 140, and down 158 (Bad Motor Scooter and GP). That’s my favorite.

Coming up tomorrow night and Saturday night, there’s the Wild and Scenic Film Festival at Columbia Center for the Arts. This film festival supports the Crag Law Center and their work. On Saturday, it’s the Hood River Harvest Ride, supporting the Hood River Valley Residents Committee. Also Saturday, for all you do-it-yourselfers, it’s the Homesteading Fair in Lyle.

Then on Sunday, kids aspiring to be Gorge uber athletes can join the Columbia Gorge Kids Triathlon at Hood River’s Waterfront Park.

Have an awesome day today!