Wednesday. 10/30. Mt. Hood snow. Gorge wind. Shipwrecks.

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 October 30, 2013

It’s fall now, and that means it’s time for … more windsurfing and kiting! No, silly. It’s time to think about skiing.

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Wind guessings, prognosticatings and musings

When the fall winds kick the surface of the Columbia into crashing whitecaps, only a few windsurfers and kiters contribute wakes to the wave-ridden chaos. Today, you have the opportunity to be one of the few. With a W .05 west gradient and starting temps at 34 degrees, you may have to wait for a warmup, but you will have wind. As a front pushes in this afternoon, expect gusty, up-and-down 23-26, first at Steven’s Locks, then at Hood River, then moving as far east as Maryhill. We may get lucky with a brief period of 26-30 today.

Tomorrow just brings leftover eastern Gorge wind at 22-25, packed in a Tupperware with morning western Gorge sprinkles. Brief high pressure builds on Friday, giving the wind a 180 degree spin, for easterlies at 22-25. On Saturday, expect very strong westerlies, especially at Arlington, as a deep low pressure system swings eastward.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Steven’s Locks 5-10 10-15 21-24 13-15
Hatch / Hood River 5-10 17-21 23-26+ 17-21
Lyle / Rowena / Doug’s 5-10 17-21 23-26+ 23-26
Maryhill 5-10 17-21 21-24+ 21-24+
Arlington / Roosie 5-10 13-15 15-18 21-24

Plain old weather and Mt. Hood snow

Today starts off mostly clear, but high clouds move in soon, and sprinkles move in overnight. Halloween starts with a few raindrops, but clears up in the afternoon. Friday should be dry and sunny (with maybe an inversion cloud early), and Saturday looks wet and rainy.

Up on Mt. Hood, we have the first pass-level sticking snow headed our way this weekend. Until then, expect a mix of rain and snow (mostly rain) out of the Wed/Thur system, and dry weather Friday. When this system hits Friday night into Saturday, we’ll see the snow level fall to 5500′ by Saturday morning and 2500′ by Saturday evening.

It’s a bit far out to be predicting snow amounts, but just for fun, I’ll do it anyway. Expect .8-1” water value for 4-6” of snow during the day on Saturday, as temps slowly drop. Then overnight into Sunday, expect another .4-.6” water value for 7-11” of snow. Then expect another .5” WV Sunday, for another 4-6”.

Early next week brings more wet weather, with the snow level hovering between 4000′ and 6000′, for additional accumulating resort snow.

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You better get those 44 Road trails before Saturday, because they’re going to be done for the season after that.

Events – email me if I’ve missed any outdoor-related events

I don’t have much on my calendar for next weekend yet. I know there’s stuff I’m missing, so please email me and let me know. I do know that Mt. Hood Meadows is having a winter kickoff event at the resort Saturday and Sunday. If you have a pass, you can score extra discounts on gear. I’m trying to determine exactly which gear, but haven’t heard back yet.

If you want a pass to Meadows, purchase it before the end of the day Sunday, because prices go up after November 3rd.

Thursday, in case you didn’t already know, is Halloween.

And one last thing: we change the clocks this weekend, going back to standard time and evening darkness. Total garbage, if you ask me. I’ll take that evening light over morning light any day.

Have an awesome day today!