Wednesday. Light wind = great road biking and fishing day. Best Fall Chinook run ever!

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 September 10, 2014

Interesting – Call for Speakers

Interesting is simple: an afternoon or evening of 20 different people each talking for 3-minutes about something they love/hate/do/did/know/care about/obsess over. It’s like TED talks, only quicker, quirkier, and just plain more fun! Past topics include: “Why Kale will save us”, “Why I drink my own urine”, “Living with the knowledge of your impending death”, and “Gone with the Wind in 3 minutes”. November 15th. Mosier School. If you’re interested in speaking, we want you. Here’s the form to apply. Application deadline is September 22nd. Click here to view our website for more information.

Random Morning Thoughts

I have a confession. I love Depeche Mode. Old Depeche Mode, anyway. Pre-Songs of Faith and Devotion Depeche Mode. When I was a teenager living in Tacoma, I would twist the antennas on my boom box so I could pick up C 89, Nathan Hale High School’s radio station. They played Depeche Mode-athons. Hours and hours and hours of Depeche Mode. I just copied all my Depeche Mode albums to my mp3 player (not an iPod, btw) so I can make my own Depeche Mode-athon. Just thought I’d share. Not a very deep thought, is it?

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Gorge Wind

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Also, the Rooster Rock cam done gone and broke, and the operator is looking for donations to buy a new camera. It costs $400, and the hosting service is $200/year. He’s receive $200 so far. I gave him another $20. So, if you use the Rooster Cam, please kick down. Didn’t know there was a Rooster Cam? Now you do!

Next, Grant was out shooting yesterday at the mid Hatch, east Hatch and White Salmon Sandbar.

Anyway, on to the wind forecast. Yesterday turned out much windier than I expected, so I guess I was right about the models being wrong! At 5 this morning, the gradient was west .06. And once again, the models are saying no wind today. I think we’ll see 8-12 this morning from Stevenson to Mosier, but then we’ll see the wind fade away. Models say glassy or light east wind conditions by the afternoon. They’re probably right today.

Easterlies get all pumped up tonight, for 35-45 at Rooster and 30-35 at Stevenson tomorrow. Gradients that produce wind that strong in the western Gorge are going to kick afternoon westerlies to 10-15 from Swell to The Dalles with 15-25 in the Mid Valley and Upper Valley.

Friday looks like another east wind day at 26-30+ at Stevenson and Rooster with 5-10 from Hood River to The Dalles and in the Mid and Upper Valleys.

Out on the coast, there are waves and side-offshore wind today. Expect (north/central/south) 10-15/15-20/30-40 with W 5@16 (hell yeah!). Tomorrow brings light and offshore/15-20+/15-20, W 4@13. On Friday, expect 15-20/10-15/light, W 3@11.

Today’s Gorge Wind – these are ranges for the average speed, not a predicted wind range. =)
Your favorite beach Dawn
Rooster’s Rocks who doesn’t love a beach?
Steven’s Locks 5-10 8-12 light light
Hatchery/White Salmon Sandbar (minus a few for Hood River) 8-12 8-12 light light
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 5-10 8-12 light light
Rufus, etc. light light light light
Roosevelt, etc. light light light light
Temira’s sail: 35-40: 2.9 / 30-35: 3.2 / 26-30: 3.5
23-26: 4.0 / 20-23: 4.5 less than 20: something bigger!
Tonia’s kite: 35-40: 4m / 30-35: 4-6m / 26-30: 5-7m
23-26: 7-9m / 20-23: 8-10 / 15-20: 10-12 / 10-15: 13-15.

Gorge Weather

Today will be a sunny day. Expect temps in the 50’s this morning and upper 70’s this afternoon. I am going to freeze my ass off riding 3 Summits this morning, but I have a 3:15 appointment in White Salmon, so freezing-ass morning ride it is. Anyway, tomorrow looks sunny too. Temps will be in the upper 40’s early and mid 70’s in the afternoon. Friday looks warmer, with temps in the upper 40’s early and low 80’s in the afternoon..

White Sprinter Van of the Day. Hot day. Photo by Anita S.


Road and Mountain Biking

It’s so dry in Post Canyon right now that the ball bearings are turning to dust. I went running with Ocean Frog yesterday afternoon, and my 12th Man socks were brown after 45 minutes. We need rain! Today is going to be an awesome day for road biking, and Manny and I are going to go shred some pavement. Tomorrow and Friday will bring a lot of east wind, enough to make for tough riding in the hills and light easterlies for the Discovery Center to Rowena time trial. I recommend riding that section of road tomorrow.

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River Levels / Cheezburger update

The John Day Dam is reading 69-90kcfs. The Dalles Dam is putting out 76kcfs. The White Salmon is at 1.75′. If you plan on running the White Salmon yourself, remember that there is a riverwide log about 150 yards below Cave Wave. The Columbia River is 72 degrees.

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

All that east wind in the western Gorge will give us light wind from Viento eastward, and that means we’re going to see great fishing weather for the next several days, and that’s great news with the record fish counts coming over Bonneville. Two days in a row with 67,000+. Two records in a row. More fish than 1938. And if you just need something to do with the kids, take them to Bonneville to watch the fish at the fish ladder.

If you’re not out fishing tonight, there’s free Tai Chi at Wilson Park in Hood River, women’s mountain biking at Dirty Fingers, and the Kayak Shed’s shop paddle on the White Salmon, all at 5:30. There’s sailboat races at the Hood River Marina, a track workout in Stevenson at 6, and ping pong at the Hood River armory at 6:30.

Coming up this weekend, Hood River hosts the DoubleCross cyclocross race. Mosier has their 100 year celebration on Saturday and Sunday, and Dirty Fingers bike shop has their 8th anniversary party with a David Bowie cover band on Saturday night.

Have an awesome day today!