|Your favorite beach||Dawn
|Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena||10-13||12-16||18-22||18-22|
Gorge Wind Forecast
The air is much less smoky in the Gorge this morning, meaning it’ll be healthier to get on the water than it has been recently. We started Wednesday with a .13 gradient and west wind in the 18-22 range between Viento and Hood River with 10-13 further east and single digits in the far west. Looks like areas east of The Dalles will remain in the 10-13 or less range for the entire day. The rest of the Gorge, despite the vigorous early gradient, isn’t likely to pick up much. I think we’ll see a short period of 22-26 this morning between Viento and Swell before the wind backs off to 18-22 from midday on through the evening between Cascade Locks and The Dalles.
Thrusday sees a low pressure system over the top of us. Models suggest offshore high pressure won’t give much assistance to the westerlies. That said, let’s call it w 7-10 early and W 10-13 in the afternoon, a complete contradiction of the GFS. Friday looks like light westerlies once again, with a max of 7-10 or so. Saturday currenly looks like west wind at 15-19, and Sunday will probably see a short burst of wind ahead of an approaching cold, wet frontal system.
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Jones, Sauvie’s, Coast Beta Test Forecast
Jones Wednesday: 10-13. Thrusday: 5-10. Friday: no. Sauvie’s Wednesday: 8-11. Thursday: 9-12. Friday: no. Coast (north/central/south). Wednesday: no/10-15/30+, NW swell 5′ at 8 seconds. Thursday: 10-15/no/15-20, NW 4′ @ 8. Friday: no/10-15/25-30, NW 3′ @ 8.
Random Morning Thoughts
My friend Ajahn Sudanto said something really touching last night at the Tuesday sit in White Salmon. I thought I’d share his thoughts today – hopefully I can do them justice!
We all suffer. That’s part of life. As we look around, we think that other people are not suffering as much as we are. In some cases, this may be true, but much of the time we are all hurting about something. And there’s no way to compare one person’s suffering with another – it’s about the impact of events, not the actual events themselves; we each experience things differently.
Even though people around us suffer, we create more suffering for them by our words and actions. If we take a moment to realize what suffering feels like for us, and what suffering feels like for others, we can ask ourselves this question: “Why would I add to that person’s suffering?” Honestly, it tears at my heart to look at the world in this way. Suffering hurts. I don’t want to add to someone else’s pain, and I’m guessing you don’t either.
Spend a little time contemplating this. See if you can remember this next time you’re feeling angry or hurt and want to lash out. Try and choose a kinder response, one that will create as little suffering as possible. We’re all hurting. We can all work together to hurt less. The world would be more awesome if we did that. Have an awesome day.
Disclaimer required by my grad school program: I am not your therapist (but I could be 27 graduate school credits from now). I am your weather forecaster. Take everything I say with a grain of salt, and consult with your actual therapist about your mental health issues. One other thing: I plan to keep doing this forecast indefinitely, even when I am a therapist.
Gorge Weather Forecast
In a nice twist, there now seems to be just enough north in the breeze to blow the smoke to the south of the river, giving better air quality in Hood River. I heard the air has been perfect in Trout Lake, so you could go there too. Anyway, for today, Wednesday, temps will be in the upper 50’s early and low 70’s in the afternoon. Moderate west wind. No rainbows. Thursday brings high clouds. Temps will be near 50 early and in the upper 70’s in the afternoon. Light wind. No rainbows. Friday looks sunny with temps near 50 early and near 80 in the afternoon. Light wind. No rainbows. Next chance for rainbows is Monday.
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Road and Mountain Biking
Post Canyon, Hospital Hill, Whoopdee, Underwood, and all other trails on Hood River County, Kreps, and SDS lands remain closed due to extreme fire danger. Falls Creek is now closed from the top due to fire. Everything you can ride along I-84 is currently closed or inacessible. Open trails in the area: Syncline, Buck Creek, Nestor Peak, and anything along the 44 Road or Highway 35. McClellan Meadows trail and other trails that leave from the top of Old Man Pass are closed. Falls Creek Trail is open from the bottom but is closed above the Horse Camp. All campfires and smoking are now prohibited in the Mt. Hood National Forest and Gifford Pinchot, and the Mt. Hood Forest is now at IFPL 4.
Today’s events start with ladies kite and windsurf night at the Hood River Event Site from 5 to dusk. There’s $5 ping pong at the Hood River Armory at 5:30, sailboat races at the Hood River Marina at 5ish, community Zumba at St. Francis House in Odell at 6, and yogaFaith at Pure Yoga in The Dalles at 6:45. The weekly Dirty Fingers Thursday night mountain bike rides are now done for the season due to the Post Canyon closure.
The Special Olympics shred day schedule for Saturday has been rescheduled for October 28th due to the I-84 closure. There’s a free half-day meditation retreat at the Whtie Salmon Grange from 1 to 5 on Saturday. Saturday is the Music Festival of the Gorge at the Hood River Waterfront and Sunday is the Gorge Kids triathlon.
Click here for the full events calendar.
Mt. Hood Snow Forecast
The Mt. Hood snow forecast is currently on vacation. It will stay on vacation until I deem it to be close enough to winter that we need a Mt. Hood snow forecast. Be safe out there on the snow this summer!
Have an awesome day today!