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Random Morning Thoughts
I got up early this morning intending to go for a bike ride. Being a weather dork, the first think I did was check the radar, and there’s a big blob of moisture just south of us. I’m hoping this blob stays south, because I arranged my whole day around a morning bike ride. On a totally different note, can anyone explain why the coffee I just made tastes like donuts? Not that I’m complaining. Just curious.
Wind and weather and Mt. Hood snow levels (no, no snow amounts yet)
It was starting to look like the Gorge was done for the season, but it’s now looking like we’ll have a couple days of decent westerlies this week. That said, the next two days are our Best Bets (copyright, Bart, 1990-2005), but cold mornings don’t do well with west wind, and it’s going to be in the 40’s the next two mornings.
Anyway… Today starts off like it is – cloudy and cool, with more rain moving in either when this blob hits or after 2pm. The wind will be 7-11ish this morning. After 2pm, it’ll climb to gusty, up-and-down 15-18 in town and 21-23 east of Mosier.
Tomorrow sees high pressure building off the coast, so we should see a decent gradient, if not decent wind, first thing in the morning. But if you walk outside, you’ll see your breath, so pack a warm wetsuit. And… we may even see a few leftover showers in the morning too. The wind will pick up to 23-26 midday, hopefully at Hood River, but definitely from Mosier east to Maryhill.
On Thursday, we’ll see another round of west wind, but it’s a little too far out to guess at speeds. Upper teens to low twenties, perhaps?
In snow level news, it’s 5500′ today, 6000′ tomorrow, and 7000′ on Thursday.
|Your favorite beach||Dawn
|Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site)||light||7-11||16-19||rainy|
|Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle||light||5-10||5-10||21-23|
|Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall||light||5-10||5-10||21-23|
|Arlington / Roosevelt||light||5-10||5-10||21-23|
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Stuff happening tonight, this weekend, and other stuff too
In totally not related to the outdoors news, Saturday is free day at 1400 museums nationwide, including the Maryhill Museum of Art. You’ll need to sign up and print a ticket – one per household, two people per ticket. Get your tickets here.
Then on Sunday, Gorgeowned has a Sense of Place lecture consisting of a trip down the White Salmon with the guides extraordinaire of Wet Planet. It’s $40, and half the proceeds go to GorgeOwned, helping you keep it local.
In dirt news, it was great in Post yesterday and should be good this morning too, before the heavy rain hits later. And with all the rain we’ve had, SDS has reopened the trails on their lands, so Puke Hill, East Ridge trail, and Whoopdee are all open as of yesterday. Kreps lands are NOT open, so please stay off Hospital Hill. No rush to get back there anyway, because they clearcut the best yellow chanterelle spot I’ve ever seen.
For those of you needing something to do tonight, head to the Ruins at Springhouse for outdoor music. As always, $3 keeps you safe (from the fire marshal). And for $12 tonight, you can get prime rib and Freedom Fries (oops, my bad – they’re just regular old French fries) at Cebu Lounge. And believe me, this is GOOD prime rib.
Also tonight, starting at 5:30, there’s pickup touch rugby at the Hood River Marina, open to everyone, even first-timers.
This weekend, other than the stuff previously mentioned, there’s the Echelon Gran Fondo bike ride (raising money for various causes), the Hood River Hoedown (raising money for Cooper Spur Race Team, those ass-kicking local snow-sliders – get your tickets at Waucoma Books), a weeding party at the Waterfront Park on Saturday, and a goodbye party for the Thirsty Woman Pub, starting at 5:30pm Saturday.
Have an awesome day today!