Wednesday. Clouds, rain, and incoming thunder and wind.

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 May 13, 2015

There’s a bit of wind under cloudy sky this morning, with rain falling in the eastern Gorge. With an upper level low sitting over the region and another forecast to drop along the coast, today is not going to be a fantastic day on the water. You can expect up-and-down westerlies at 15-18 in the eastern Gorge and 10-14 in the western Gorge this morning, backing off to gusty 10-13 everywhere by midday. It is possible we’ll see some 13-16 this afternoon from Mosier to The Dalles, but it’s just not a reliable setup. 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 10-14 10-14 10-14 10-14
Hatchery/White Salmon Sandbar (minus a few for Hood River) 10-14 10-14 10-14 10-14
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 10-14 10-14 15-18 15-18
Rufus, etc. 15-18 15-18 15-18 15-18
Roosevelt, etc. 15-18 15-18 10-14 10-14


Gorge Wind forecast, continued…

Tomorrow starts off with light and variable wind. Models show west wind at 10-13 from Stevenson to Mosier in the afternoon. However, there’s a very good chance of thunderstorms, or at least a destabilized atmosphere, in the afternoon, and that’s going to make the wind 1) gusty 2) unreliable and 3) possibly electrically charged.

As high pressure builds over the eastern Pacific on Friday, a trough will set up along the coast and we’ll see a low of some sort in the desert. That’s your standard windy Gorge setup, here for a couple days in between the last set of upper level lows and the next set. We’ll start off with westerlies at 17-21 from Swell to Mosier on Friday morning with 25-29 from Swell to Maryhill in the afternoon. Depending on how long the clouds stick around, Stevenson may or may not join in the fun. I’d give it a good chance of being 21-24 in Stevenson in the afternoon. Saturday looks much like Friday. Sunday currently looks like light westerlies at less than 10mph.

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

Nothing to say here today.

Random Morning Thoughts

One of my friends and I were texting this morning about an experience we shared involving a sociopath. She said to me, “I wonder what happened that made him that way?” My reply: “No love in his family for generation after generation, after generation, and that’s still no excuse for his behavior.”

Scientists are finding out that our experiences affect the expression of genes both in us and in our children (and I suspect we shall find that our actions affect gene expression in strangers we meet on the street, if our actions contain enough power). Gene expression affects who we are as people, and who our children become. This is mindblowing to me. And I find hope in this.

If we love our children and we love the people around us, if we show compassion, kindness, and empathy, we change the future of the species. No, really. Just by being nice, we lower the rates of depression, anxiety, and chronic illness in the next generation. See – we don’t need gene therapy. All we need is love.

(Ok, that’s oversimplifying things, but we really can affect the future health of humanity just by showing love and compassion to those around us. Wild.)

Gorge Weather Forecast

It’s a cloudy morning in the Gorge, and the rain is east of us today. For now. The low driving that rainfall will move west today, possibly giving us some showers to add to the exactly-one-inch of rain we’ve had so far this month. We may see some sunbreaks later today. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and the low 60’s in the afternoon. Light wind. 15% chance of rainbows.

Tomorrow looks partly cloudy in the morning with thunderstorms possible in the afternoon. Temps will be in the mid 40’s early and the low 70’s in the afternoon. Light wind. 46% chance of rainbows. Friday looks sunny with temps in the mid 40’s early and the low 70’s in the afternoon. Light wind. No rainbows.

White Sprinter Van of the Day


Road and Mountain Biking

I didn’t get a report from Post Canyon yesterday (maybe people avoided it due to the potential for mud?) but I’m hoping to get a report today. If you ride, let me know how it is, okay? In other news, it is snowing at 5000′ this morning, so don’t ride at that elevation, and if you want to do a big road ride, this afternoon and tomorrow morning will have minimal wind. Be prepared for potential thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon.

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Upcoming Events

Tonight’s Wednesday, and at 5:30, there’s the all-women’s Post n’ Pinot mountain bike ride at Dirty Fingers. There’s a Hood River County trails meeting at the OSU extension office at 5, and there’s sailboat racing at the Hood River Marina at 6. Tomorrow is the race-pace Post n’ Pint ride. There’s community yoga at 8am at Flow tomorrow and there’s community yoga at Yoga Samadhi at 6:30pm.

Coming up Saturday, there’s the Color Dash 5k is in The Dalles, there’s a Gorge Cup windsurfing race at the Event Site in Hood River. The Gotta Regatta cardboard boat race happens at Horsethief Lake. Riverfest is in Maupin, the Mt. Adams Equestrian Endurance race is in Trout Lake, the Stevenson to Carson Ridge Run is Saturday, and Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association has a work party at Swell City.

Sunday is a Windance swap meet, your chance to clean out all that old sporting gear from your garage. If you happen to find a dusty old bike in your garage, look up Anson’s Bike Buddies, and they’ll get that bike to a bikeless kid for you.

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

Have an awesome day today!