Wednesday. 5/28. Gorge wind. Low snow level. Rainbows.

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 May 28, 2014

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2nd Wind

Hey, 2nd Wind has moved. Find them on the corner of 2nd and State on the new pavement, with lots of parking and none of those pesky printout-style parking meters. The new store is awesome – swing by and check it out. With less foot traffic wandering in and out, 2nd on 2nd’s super knowledgeable staff will have more time to help you find the best gear for your playtime in the Gorge. And remember, they do used gear too – bring them your summer consignments. See you at 2nd on 2nd, and make sure to be at the official ribbon cutting on June 5th at 5pm!

Random Morning Thoughts

There’s a super cool class on Friday morning at the Hood River Inn: “The Psychobiology of Trauma”. Should be fascinating. And quite social – there are already 150 people signed up. For more information, visit the Eventbrite page.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Rooster’s Rocks light light light light
Steven’s Locks 15-18 15-18 15-18 15-18
Hatchery (minus a few for Hood River) 15-18 15-18 gusty
Doug’s, etc. 15-18 20-24 26-30 26-30
Rufus, etc. 15-18 20-24 gusty
Roosevelt, etc. 15-18 20-24 26-30+ 26-30

Gorge Wind

The wind this morning is in the teens, supported by gradients of .07 and .06. As a low pressure system shifts east, the wind will pick up. Expect it to be gusty and up and down, but still strong. By early afternoon, continuing until dark, we’ll see westerlies at 26-30, with periods of 30-33, east of the cloud line, so… probably east of Mosier and filling in all the way east. Expect gusty 16-19 under the clouds, with stronger periods possible.

Tomorrow sees low pressure over the PNW. Not a great setup, but still good enough for 17-21 or a bit more all day, steadiest east of the clouds, likely east of Hood River. Expect gusty 12-16 under the clouds. Friday starts with light east wind that builds to E 17-21.

At this point, it looks like we’ll see a light wind start on Saturday, picking up out of the west late in the day. Sunday looks like a nuker of a west wind day.

Gorge Weather

It’s partly cloudy out there this morning due to an upper low sitting over far western Washington. As that low slowly, every so slowly, moves east today, clouds will increase, giving us a slight chance of thundershowers. I give us a 47% chance of rainbows in Hood River at some point today, with rain most likely after 2pm. Mark, you can probably skip watering the garden today. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and the low 60’s this afternoon with the snow level around 4500′ and west wind that gets strong in the afternoon.

Tomorrow starts off partly cloudy and humid and stays that way. Temps will be in the upper 40’s early and the upper 60’s in the afternoon with moderate west wind.

Friday looks sunny or partly cloudy with high clouds. It’ll be a bit on the muggy side. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and upper 70’s in the afternoon with light east wind.

Road and Mountain Biking

I went for a ride in Post Canyon yesterday, and sure, there were some ball bearings rolling around, but if you stay high on the berms, they’re still tacky and awesome. Boy do I love berms. I wish there were huge berms running from the top of Mt. Defiance all the way to I-84. I’d ride them every day. It’s raining in Cascade Locks right now, and as the upper low shifts inland, the rain will shift east. Cross your fingers for some moisture on the trails. I’m crossing my fingers for moist Syncline tomorrow.

In road bike news, do NOT ride to The Dalles this morning. You will have a miserable headwind on the way home.

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River Levels

Wet Planet posted something on their Facebook page. That was very helpful. The White Salmon is at 4′. The Hood is at 4.4′, the Klickitat’s at 2160cfs, and the Columbia is at 374kcfs at John Day. The Dalles sensor is down. Still.

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

Coming up tonight, trail conditions permitting, it’s the all-levels women’s Post n’ Pinot mountain bike ride at Dirty Fingers at 5:30. There’s sailboat racing at the Hood River Marina, and there’s ping pong at the Hood River Armory at 6:30.

Don’t forget that next Saturday is the Hood 2 River Relay, a multi-sport race from Mt. Hood to the Columbia River. Registration is still open, and if you decide not to race, make plans to come to the afterparty at the Marina. On Saturday morning in The Dalles, it’s the Rainy Day Fund Run, with a 3k 5k, and 10k race. All proceeds from the Fund Run go to a family in need.

This weekend is also White Salmon Springfest, happening Friday through Sunday.

Have an awesome day today!