Tuesday: Is this the last week of summer? Maybe. Might as well enjoy it!

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 September 12, 2017

Today’s Gorge Wind – these are ranges for the average speed, not a predicted wind range. =)
Your favorite beach Dawn
Rooster Rock light light light light
Steven’s Locks LTW 5-10 12-20 22-26
Hatchery/Wunderbar 5-10 12-19 22-26 18-22
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 5-10 12-19 22-26 22-26
Rufus, etc. 5-10 12-19 22-26 22-26
Roosevelt, etc. light light 5-10 12-15



Gorge Wind Forecast

First off, the Columbia River has reopened at all locations to all travel, so you can now downwinder to your heart’s delight. Although we’re starting off the day with light wind and small gradients, the wind will pick up this afternoon as a weak frontal system moves through. We’ll have westerlies at 12-15 by noon or so between Cascade Locks and Mosier. The wind will ramp up to gusty 22-26 this afternoon between Cascade Locks and Rufus, with the steadiest, strongest wind likely to be at Stevenson, the Wunderbar, and Doug’s.

We’ll be under a trough of low pressure on Wednesday, which will probably drag clouds into the far western Gorge. This gives us westerlies at 20-23 to start the day between Swell and Doug’s. The wind will pick up to gusty 22-26 between Viento and Rufus in the afternoon with 12-15 or so all day between Cascade Locks and Home Valley.

That low pressure trough sticks around, or maybe I should stay sticks above us, on Thursday. That sets us up for morning westerlies at 7-10 through the entire Gorge and afternoon westerlies of 12-15 between Cascade Locks and Mosier.

As of right now, the long-range forecast thinks we’ll have light west wind on Friday and east wind at 15-20 on Saturday. East wind continues on Sunday, driven by the approach of fall’s first big low pressure system – this will bring rain on Sunday afternoon.


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Jones, Sauvie’s, Coast Beta Test Forecast

Jones Tuesday: 22-25. Wednesday: 12-15. Thursday: 7-10. Sauvie’s Tuesday: 10-13. Wednesday: 7-10. Thursday: 12-15. Coast (north/central/south). Tuesday: 10-15/15-20/30+, W swell 5′ at 11 seconds. Wednesday: 5-10/10-15/30+, NW 5′ @ 9. Thursday: 5/5/25-30, NW swell 6′.

Random Morning Thoughts

One of the things I find happening on my personal growth journey is a desire for “things to happen”. I want to see my mind and my responses change. I’m motivated by clear, concrete rewards and feedback, as I think many of us are.

Change and progress isn’t always linked to things that can be quantified. This, as an aside, is one of the reasons why certain things are more likely than others to be studied: if something can be quantified and measured, it’s easier to research than things which are more esoteric. Same goes for us – we are more likely to focus on results that are easy to see.

In a personal journey, increased capacity to simply see what’s happening in our minds and increased capacity to stay present and aware are more powerful than change. These things are the drivers of change. They are also hard to measure, hard to see, and therefore difficult to name and celebrate. And celebration is a positive feedback mechanism that encourages us to do whatever we are celebrating more frequently.

So, if you tend to look for concrete, measurable signs of progress and achievement in your life, pull back for a wider view. What are the bigger, less concrete, less quantifiable signs that things are going well? Celebrate those too. You’re awesome, you know. Have an awesome day.

Disclaimer required by my grad school program: I am not your therapist (but I could be 27 graduate school credits from now). I am your weather forecaster. Take everything I say with a grain of salt, and consult with your actual therapist about your mental health issues. One other thing: I plan to keep doing this forecast indefinitely, even when I am a therapist.

Gorge Weather Forecast

It’s a cool, slightly smoky, and high cloudy morning, and nothing will change about that today. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and mid 80’s this afternoon. Moderate west wind later. No rainbows. Wednesday brings clouds to the far western Gorge with temps in the low 50’s early and mid 70’s in the afternoon. Moderate west wind. No rainbows. Thursday looks sunny early with high clouds in the afternoon. Temps will be near 50 early and near 70 in the afternoon. Light westerlies. No rainbows. It’s going to rain Sunday evening through Tuesday evening, giving us our first chance of rainbows in a long time.

For weather specifically directed at travel through the Gorge, please visit Temira’s Awesome Travel Advisory Service on Facebook.

White Sprinter Van of the Week


Road and Mountain Biking

Post Canyon, Hospital Hill, Whoopdee, Underwood, and all other trails on Hood River County, Kreps, and SDS lands remain closed due to extreme fire danger. Falls Creek is now closed from the top due to fire. Everything you can ride along I-84 is currently closed or inacessible. Open trails in the area: Syncline, Buck Creek, Nestor Peak, and anything along the 44 Road or Highway 35. McClellan Meadows trail and other trails that leave from the top of Old Man Pass are closed. Falls Creek Trail is open from the bottom but is closed above the Horse Camp. All campfires and smoking are now prohibited in the Mt. Hood National Forest and Gifford Pinchot, and the Mt. Hood Forest is now at IFPL 4.

Upcoming Events

Today’s events include pickup touch rugby at 5:45 at the Hood River Marina and meditation with the monks from Pacific Hermitage at Yoga Samadhi at 6:30. There’s a free half-day retreat next Saturday at the White Salmon Grange. Also this wekeend is the Music Festival of the Gorge on Saturday and the Gorge Kids Triathlon on Sunday.

Click here for the full events calendar.

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

The Mt. Hood snow forecast is currently on vacation. It will stay on vacation until I deem it to be close enough to winter that we need a Mt. Hood snow forecast. Be safe out there on the snow this summer!

Have an awesome day today!