Thursday. It’s summer by the forecast, spring by the calendar.

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 April 30, 2015

Today started off with .04 west gradient from Portland to The Dalles, and that gradient won’t increase much today. Graphical models suggest the wind will drop to nothing later today, but I’m going to contradict them. I suspect we’ll stick with W 8-11, maybe 10-13, for much of the day, as very strong high pressure off the coast keeps synoptic-scale (big picture) gradients big and strong. Continued after the chart.

Today’s Gorge Wind – these are ranges for the average speed, not a predicted wind range. =)
Your favorite beach Dawn
Rooster’s Rocks tan in the bare if you dare
Rooster’s Rocks tan in the bare if you dare
Steven’s Locks 10-13 10-13 10-13 10-13
Hatchery/White Salmon Sandbar (minus a few for Hood River) 10-13 10-13 10-13 10-13
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 10-13 10-13 10-13 10-13
Rufus, etc. 10-13 10-13 10-13 10-13
Roosevelt, etc. 10-13 10-13 10-13 10-13
Temira’s sail: 35-40: 2.9 / 30-35: 3.2 / 26-30: 3.5
23-26: 4.0 / 20-23: 4.5 less than 20: something bigger!
Tonia’s kite: 35-40: 4m / 30-35: 4-6m / 26-30: 5-7m
23-26: 7-9m / 20-23: 8-10 / 15-20: 10-12 / 10-15: 13-15.

Gorge Wind forecast, continued…

Tomorrow starts off with W 10-13. A weak weather system in the afternoon will give us gusty 24-28 through the whole Gorge briefly before the wind drops to very gusty 19-23 everywhere except Stevenson, Avery and Arlington. Actually, this system may not be strong enough to bring Arlington in to the mix. I suspect we’ll just see 17-20 out there.

As of this morning, and this seems to be shifting around a bit, it looks like we’ll see W 10-13 both Saturday and Sunday, but that could change. You see, when I looked last night, it looked with 21-24 both afternoons.

The coast will be windy as well (north/central/south). Today: 15-20/25-30/30-40, W 6′ @10 seconds. Tomorrow: 20-25/25-30/35-45, NW 6 @ 10. Saturday: 25-30/25-30/30-35, NW 7 @ 11.

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

Nothing to say here today.

Random Morning Thoughts

Yesterday I had a little seven-stitch mishap involving texting, tears, and a glass measuring cup. This morning I woke up unable to walk. That’s humbling and frustrating and annoying for multiple reasons. But the show of support from my friends (offers of crutches, food, errand-running, etc.) is heartwarming. It’s so nice to know that people are here for me, because my usual support system (bicycles), is definitely not an option right now.

It always amazes me how people find time to help each other out when the shit hits the fan. It makes me wonder where we are finding that time, when we’re not finding the time to be with those friends on a regular basis. If you had to run out right now and help a friend, what activity would you be shunting to the side? And is that more important than hanging with your friends in non-emergency situations. That’s just some food for thought this morning.

Gorge Weather Forecast

It’s a beautiful sunny day out there, and I thus command you to make the most of it. Temps will be in the mid 40’s early and the low 70’s in the afternoon. Light wind. No rainbows. Tomorrow looks sunny in the morning with high clouds in the afternoon. Temps will be in the mid 40’s early and the mid 70’s in the afternoon. Light wind early, moderate wind late, no rainbows. Saturday also starts sunny and ends with some high clouds. Temps will be in the mid 40’s early and the low 70’s in the afternoon. Light wind. No rainbows.

White Sprinter Van of the Day


Road and Mountain Biking

I’m going to be off the bike for a few days, which means y’all are going to have to give me trail updates. Last time I checked or heard, there was a lot of perfect dirt in Post Canyon and on the 44 Road trails. It is your job, since I cannot ride, to go out and take advantage of that dirt for me. As for road biking, today will be a lovely one, with just light west wind all day long. The weekend doesn’t look bad either, at least if nothing changes in the forecast: sunshine and light west wind.

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Upcoming Events

Thursday’s weekly events include free community yoga at Flow at 8am and at Yoga Samadhi at 6:30pm. The Post n’ Pint bike ride is tonight, and you’ll get a free pint of beer if you do it. Anson’s Bike Buddies has a wrenching party tonight from 5-8 at Cascade Eye Center. If you have a bike stand, tools, and some skills, come help fix bikes for local kids.

Coming up tomorrow at 8am, it’s the 10 Speed Coffee run, leaving 13th and State in Hood River at 7am and giving you a free cup of a coffee and donut for running 4 miles. Tomorrow’s the Gorge paddler Film Festival at River City.

On Saturday, it’s Columbia Hills Park Days, a free youth fishing clinic at Rowena and the Angela Coe run in Cascade Locks. The Dog River Downhill bike race is Saturday and Sunday on the Dog River trail.

Have an awesome day today!