Wednesday. It’s summer! Kinda… but I’m gonna plant my tomatoes. Looks like an epic three days on the coast!

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 April 15, 2015

There is no snow, only sun, in the forecast for the next four days. That’s great news for me, because I need to get up to the mountain and clear out my office and my locker, and sun and warmth means the roads will be dry. Today will be sunny. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be 1000′ early and 4500′ in the afternoon. Wind will be N 10-15. Tomorrow looks sunny and clear. The FAF will be 8000′ early and 10,000′ in the afternoon. Wind will be NW 10 early and LTV in the afternoon. Friday looks sunny and warm with the FAF at 10,000′. Wind will be W 15. The weekend also looks sunny and warm.

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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The day after


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Gorge Wind

Yesterday was nuts, and I totally blew the forecast. I said 28-32, and it blew 30-35. I’m kidding about blowing the forecast, btw. Today will be nothing like that: expect west wind at 12-15 pretty much all day (with a chance of a midday lull). The wind will be focused from Hood River to Maryhill this morning, retreating to Steven’s Locks to Doug’s this afternoon, or maybe even fading at Doug’s.

Tomorrow starts off light and variable (LTV) and picks up to E 15-18 at Rooster and Steven’s Locks in the afternoon. Friday starts off LTV and picks up to W 13-16 from Steven’s Locks to Doug’s in the afternoon. Saturday and Sunday look like moderate east wind days.

The most interesting wind for the next three days will be at the coast. Sorry I didn’t catch that earlier this week, but I was too focused on forecasting yesterday. Anyway, here’s a coast forecast (north/central/south). Today: 10-15/15-20/35-40, W 8@11. Tomorrow: 15-20/15-20/25-30, W 8@12 and W 6@20 (hell yeah!). Friday: 15-20/20-25/25-30, W 10@15.

Random Morning Thoughts

I was at a community meditation last night, and someone asked a brilliant question that I’ll paraphrase like this: “If we’re supposed to be content in the moment, how do we set goals for the future?” This is a complicated question, of course, and I spent the rest of the evening thinking about it. I think the answer may lie, to some extent, in the “why” of the goals you are setting. Worthy goals have “right intent” – they better the world and decrease suffering.

For example, I once dated someone whose goal was to make a billion dollars by age 40. There wasn’t a reason behind the goal. The money itself was the goal. I don’t think that’s such a great reason, but that’s just my opinion.

On the other hand, if you wanted a billion dollars so you could build a food bank, create a micro-lending organization, pay for college and health care and living expenses for 20,000 students for a year, or build a free bridge across the Columbia so White Salmon, Bingen, and Hood River could be a more vibrant community, you’d be decreasing suffering.

Some might argue that having a billion dollars would decrease your personal suffering. That might be true, but if you require that much money to feel safe and secure and content, you may have distorted beliefs, and you might want to reexamine them. So, how do you set goals? Examine the intent behind the goal. Examine the needs that will be met if the goal is achieved. Do the math on the suffering for both you and others. And reality-check your goals – do the majority of people around you require the same things, or are they satisfied with much less?

I also think there’s another piece of the answer that our goals should move the world toward increasing complexity and integration, but that’s a different discussion for another time.

Gorge Weather Forecast

What you see is pretty much what you get for the next four days. Temps are sub-freezing in parts of the upper valley right now, but there’s no sign of frost for the next 5 days. Given that forecast, I’m planting my tomatoes. Fuck it. I might even plant peppers and basil.

Today will be sunny with temps in the low 40’s early and the upper 50’s in the afternoon. Light west wind. No rainbow. Speaking of rainbows, there was a gorgeous one in The Dalles yesterday.

Tomorrow looks sunny. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and the upper 60’s in the afternoon. Light east wind. No rainbows. Friday looks sunny and warm with a few high clouds in the afternoon. Temps will be in the low 40’s early and the low 70’s in the afternoon. Increasing westerlies late in the day. No rainbows. The weekend looks sunny and warm.

White Sprinter Van of the Day


Road and Mountain Biking

It rained for a good portion of the day yesterday, so that means Post is too muddy to ride. Patience, my friends. After dry weather tomorrow and 73 degrees on Friday, we’ll have a full-on tack alert for the weekend. In the meantime, light wind today means you can ride Nestor, Hospital, Syncline and Columbia Hills. I’m not sure if Whoopdee is wet or dry, so someone will have to let me know, and I’m also not sure what’s going on at the 44 Road – probably snow?

In road biking news, today looks good enough, but the next three to four days look nothing short of epic with the exception of some west wind late Friday afternoon. The Tri Club is planning a long ride of some sort on Sunday. As of right now, they are talking Lyle-Appleton-Glenwood-142, for 77 miles. More information available on Facebook.

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Upcoming Events

Tonight is the women’s mountain bike ride, the Post and Pinot, leaving Dirty Fingers at 5:30 or the bottom of Post Canyon Road around 6pm. There’s ping pong at the armory at 5pm. Tomorrow night is the Post n’ Pint hammerfest ride at Dirty Fingers at 5:30. There’s community yoga at Flow at 8am tomorrow, and another class at Yoga Samadhi at 6:30. There’s also a new community yoga class on Sunday morning at the Power Station (aka Big Gym). Coming up this weekend, there’s an Earth Day weeding party at the Hood River Waterfront Park on Saturday at 9am. Sunday is the Cherry of a Ride in The Dalles, benefiting St. Mary’s School.

Have an awesome day today!