Tuesday. 10/1. Gorge (no) wind, rain, a lot of chatter, and some events.

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 October 1, 2013

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Random Morning Thoughts

Thank god the government shutdown doesn’t affect my weather models. They’re funded by the University of Washington.

Wind guessings, prognosticatings and musings

There’s not going to be much wind around here for the next few days. With a weather system moving through this afternoon, we’ll see the central Gorge hit 10-13, with a brief period of 21-24 from Maryhill to Arlington mid-afternoon. Tomorrow looks light. Thursday brings west wind at 13-15 near Hood River.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Steven’s Locks raining showering sprinkling dripping
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) light light 5-10 5-10
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle light light 5-10 10-15
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall light 10-15 15-18 21-24
Arlington / Roosevelt light 10-15 15-18 21-24

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Plain old weather

It’s raining. I woke up this morning to silence, and I thought, “Oh yay, no dripping sounds. It’s not raining.” I forgot that I had slept with earplugs in. It’s raining. Definitely raining. And it’s dark. For the first time this season, I’m writing the forecast with my Happy Light fired up. Hello, winter.

We’ll see rain and showers today, heaviest this morning, but continuing in the “light showers” category all day. Tomorrow starts off dry, and stays mostly dry until 5pm, when it will (you got it) rain. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are looking dry, but the drenched ground is likely going to give birth to The Thing That Lives in the Gorge (aka, “The Inversion”, or “The Nothing”).

In snow news, Meadows has a 6” base. The snow level will be 4500′ this morning, rising to 5000′ later. New snow accumulation will be 1-3” at 5000′. Tomorrow sees the snow level at 5500′ early, falling to 5000′ overnight, with 2-3” of new snow.

More random TeMIra chatter

Oh. My. God. Crystal Mountain, WA blows my mind. They had (up to) 22” of snow during the rainstorm, and they are opening Green Valley today, and today only, for 75 lucky people to make rock skiing laps.

In other exciting news, Happy Obamacare Day. Whether you like it or not, the exchanges go live today. Well, Oregon’s was live when I checked at 6:30am. Washington’s would not load at 7:10am, despite official assurances last night that “We’re not really worried about [computer glitches]”. Guess we’re just a little more excitable here south of the Columbia – we probably went live at 12:00am with enough bandwidth to serve the entire country, not just Oregon.

Events n’ stuff

It’s my favorite night of the week: $12 Prime Rib and Freedom Fries at Cebu Lounge. Now that you can no longer pay $3 to be safe at the Ruins, you can pay $12 to clog your arteries at Cebu. Hey, you only live once. Go for it.

Tomorrow night, the Hood River County Trails Committee has a special meeting at the Extension office at 5pm. Then on Thursday night, the HRATS have a board of directors meeting at 6pm at the HR fire station.

Thursday at the Skylight Theater, you can see my favorite movie ever, Rising From Ashes, the story of the Rwandan National Cycling Team. One showing. 6:30pm.

Coming up Friday, it’s the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. It’s also day one of the MHSP swap in Hillsboro. Saturday is “Take a Kid Mountain Biking” Day in Cascade Locks in the afternoon and evening. These CL events are supposed to be pretty fun, so pack up the kids and bikes and go check it out. On Sunday, the Dirty Fingers crew heads to Ashland for the Super D race and campout. In the rain, likely. Just to warn y’all.

Have an awesome day today!