Tuesday. It’s a beautiful rainy day in the Gorge. We needed this.

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 May 12, 2015

As we sit under the influence of an upper level low the next few days, the wind will be up-and-down, variable, and difficult to predict. Wandering rain bands and areas of atmospheric instability are contributing to the messy forecasting situation. That said, we are starting off with moderate west gradients this morning .05 (pdx-dls) and .04 (dls-psc) with wind in the upper single digits to low teens. 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 wet sand no tan
Steven’s Locks LTV LTV 5-10 5-10
Hatchery/White Salmon Sandbar (minus a few for Hood River) 5-10 5-10 10-13 10-13
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 10-13 10-13 15-18 21-24?
Rufus, etc. 13-16 13-16 15-18 21-24?
Roosevelt, etc. 13-16 13-16 13-16 13-16


Gorge Wind forecast, continued…

Expect gusty and unreliable W 13-16 this morning east of Mosier. Models suggest we’ll see a bump to 21-24 this afternoon from Rowena to Celilo, but I’m not sure I’m buying it given the cloud coverage and forecast for continued rain. Keep an eye on the radar image and satellite to see if it clears up out there, a good sign for better wind. Otherwise, make other plans today.

We’ll still be under the influence of that pesky low pressure system tomorrow, setting us up for another not-so-windy day. Expect up-and-down 10-13 through the whole Gorge for much of the day tomorrow. Thursday looks light and variable to start with 10-13 in the afternoon. Thursday’s wind will be focused from Stevenson to The Dalles.

If models are correct about Friday and Saturday, we’ll be temporarily in a setup more conducive to Gorge wind: offshore high pressure, inland low pressure and sunshine. Models currently predict 28-32 on Friday. Given the long-range pattern of cooler, wetter weather, this could change. So let’s just keep an eye on Friday and see what the models say over the next 48 hours.

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Nothing to say here today.

Random Morning Thoughts

A friend of mine just asked his wife for a divorce, and another friend of mine just broke off her engagement. I am so amazed by the courage of my friends. It takes bravery to say, “This isn’t working and I can find the relationship I deserve.” It takes a lot of strength to jump from the safety of a relationship to the chaos of the dating pool. My friends are incredible.

This generalizes to the rest of our lives, of course. Walking away from one thing to try another, whether it’s a relationship, work, a friendship, the place you live, or anything else, is difficult. Choosing something new means letting go of something old, perhaps something dear to the heart. There is often grief in choices, even in small choices like this one: chocolate or vanilla ice cream?

But, change brings growth, change fosters increased strength and resiliency. Change creates new opportunities. So, I applaud my friends in their courage, and I stand with you in your attempts to create change for the better in your world.

Gorge Weather Forecast

We’ve been sitting under a steady band of rain for the last 12 or 18 hours, and this is a rare and amazing thing for this time of year. So far this May, we’ve had .99” of rain, more than double the monthly average. And according to , Cliff Mass, we’re locked in this weather setup for a while.

Expect steady rain this morning and showers this afternoon. Temps will be in the upper 40’s early and the upper 50’s in the afternoon. Light to moderate wind. 23% chance of rainbows. Showers continue tomorrow, decreasing in the afternoon. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and the low 60’s in the afternoon. Light wind. 82% chance of rainbows. Thursday will likely start off partly cloudy. The less cloudy it is and the warmer it gets, the better chance for thunder and lightning in the afternoon. Light wind. 49% chance of rainbows.

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Road and Mountain Biking

Well… that’s a lot of rain for May. And that means Post has about a 99% chance of being too muddy to ride today. Whoopdee might be okay, having started off less wet, and Syncline will be okay, most likely. But then again, it’s raining, and not many of you are going for a ride. Something else to keep in mind: there’s fresh snow at 5000′. Not a lot, but the higher you go in elevation today, the chillier and snowier you’re going to be. Speaking of high elevation trails, 450 is open with three trees down, High Prairie is open. Gunsight is NOT OPEN. In road biking news, it’s wet. Sounds like a gravel bike kind of day today…

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Upcoming Events

Tonight’s events include pickup touch rugby at the Hood River Marina at 5pm. There’s community yoga at the Mosier Senior Center at 7pm, and there’s triathlon practice, with a 500 yard swim, 2 mile run, and 7 mile bike ride, at Mayer Park in Rowena at 6pm. Tonight at 6:30, you can meditate with the monks from Pacific Hermitage at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon.

The Hood River County Recreational Trails Committee meets tomorrow at 5 at the OSU Extension office, and if you’d rather ride than sit in a meeting, tomorrow’s the women’s Post n’ Pinot ride and Thursday’s the race-pace Post n’ Pint ride. Both rides leave Dirty Fingers at 5:30.

This Saturday is crazy busy. There’s the Color Dash 5k in The Dalles, there’s the Gorge Cup windsurfing race at the Event Site, the Gotta Regatta cardboard boat race is at Horsethief Lake, it’s Riverfest in Maupin, the Mt. Adams Equestrian Endurance Race takes place in Trout Lake, there’s the Stevenson to Carson Ridge Run, and there’s a free youth fishing clinic at Middle Fork Pond in Parkdale. Windance has a swap meet on Sunday morning.

And finally, if you are interested in raising goats, the Goat Academy takes place in Goldendale on Saturday.

Have an awesome day today!