Wednesday. 10/16. Gorge wind. Events. Dirt. Football.

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 October 16, 2013

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Random Morning Thoughts

I have no complaints about this weather, other than the fact that it’s making it hard for me to get my work done!

Wind guessings, prognosticatings and musings

This morning’s gradients are on the strong side of nothing, but that doesn’t make them strong: It’s E .02 between Portland and The Dalles. That’ll give us easterlies at 10-15 for a good portion of the day, but the wind should switch to light west late in the afternoon.

Easterlies pick up again to 21-24 tomorrow and Friday. The 12k wind model is currently predicting strong west wind on Saturday, but I’m not sure I’m buying into that. Don’t get me wrong: I’d love to see a big westerly day near Hood River, but I’m not going to buy into that model’s prediction… yet.

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

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Plain old weather

We might see some high clouds later today, but other than that, it’s sunshine and temperature inversions all the way through the weekend. As of 7am, it was 35 degrees in Hood River and 43 degrees at the base of Mt. Hood Meadows. See. Inverted.

Mountain biking

Yes, the dirt is good. And a gentle reminder to everyone. There are a couple of rules to follow out there on the trails: 1) pedestrians and equestrians always have the right of way over bikes. 2) bikes going uphill have the right of way over bikes going downhill. Why do I bring this up today? Because I was run off the trail by bikes several times during a trail run last night.

Events n’ stuff – Please email with upcoming events related to the outdoors

I keep forgetting to mention that it’s time to get your garlic in the ground. Yeah, you, gardener, I’m talking to you.

Tonight is Paws for a Cause at Gallery 301 on Oak Street. It’s $20, and proceeds benefit Hood River Adopt-a-dog, helping you find a canine to hike with you, bike with you, and bring home poison oak oils for you. Also tonight, there’s Karma Yoga at 4pm at Flow – by donation.

Tomorrow night brings a fundraiser for the 44 Trails Association. Why do you care about this? Because you didn’t like riding that road between Knebal Springs and Surveyor’s Ridge, and now you don’t have to: It’s singletrack all the way from 450 to the bottom of Kitchen Sink. 44 Trails makes that kind of stuff happen (by supporting Ranger Jimmy T). So show up at Double Mountain between 6pm and 10pm and support the cause.

Also tomorrow night, the Seahawks play the Cardinals at 5:25pm. You can watch the game at Waucoma. Six Rivers, the local Dispute Resolution Center, is having social hour at Waucoma from 4:30-6. I am not sure how they intend to determine the interests and needs of the Cardinals’ fans vs. the Seahawks’ fans, but it could be interesting.

Coming up this weekend, it’s Harvest Fest, Friday through Sunday at the Event Site in Hood River.

Have an awesome day today!