Wednesday & Thursday: Some wind, some rain, and plenty of opportunities for great dirt!

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 October 11, 2017

Today’s Gorge Wind – these are ranges for the average speed, not a predicted wind range. =)
Your favorite beach Dawn
Rooster Rock Shower naked here. Hypothermia.
Steven’s Locks LTW 7-11 10-13 10-13
Hatchery/Wunderbar LTW 7-11 10-13 10-13
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena LTW 7-11 15-18 21-25
Rufus, etc. LTW 7-11 15-18 21-25
Roosevelt, etc. LTW 7-11 15-18 21-25



Gorge Wind Forecast

It’s Wednesday morning as I write this, and this is your forecast for this morning and tomorrow morning. For Wednesday through Friday morning, the Northwest will be under the influence of an inland trough of low pressure. That will bring showers and rain to the region, especially to the western Gorge. As impulses of energy move through, we’ll see the wind pick up. The nature of this setup is for the wind to be gusty and inconsistent.

For Wednesday, the days starts with light and variable wind with light west gradients. The western Gorge, from Stevenson to Viento or so, will remain in the clouds and showers today. That’ll set up light westerlies that max out at 7-11 or so this afternoon. The Swell to Hood River stretch is a maybe today, and will likely see inconsistent 12-15 from noon onwards. Locations from Mosier to Arlington will be windier this afternoon, probably topping out with averages in the 21-25 range, especially after 2pm.

The inland low pressure trough amplifies Thursday as another trough slides in from the north and sets up in the western half of the region. This will keep the gradients and the wind light and variable all day long. The lightness of wind will be accompanied by heaviness of rain, especially in the afternoon and evening.

Friday morning starts off with a similar setup to Thursday: low pressure over the region. Building offshore high pressure helps that low move eastward in the afternoon, setting us up for west wind at 15-18 from Hood River to Rufus. As of right now, the GFS is suggesting light to moderate east wind both days this weekend.


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Jones, Sauvie’s, Coast Beta Test Forecast

There’s really no wind at any of these locations Wednesday through Friday. The current run of the GFS is suggesting wind for the coast this weekend. As of right now, we’re looking at 15-20 both days at the central coast and 30-35 at the south coast.

Random Morning Thoughts

So often we end our days exhausted, and all we want to do is come home and collapse. Or maybe we can’t come home and collapse because we have a partner, children, and responsibilities. When we go straight from a stressful day into mindless relaxation or continued interaction, we drain our emotional batteries, even if we’re totally lacking in energy already.

It’s important to nourish ourselves, to make space for what we really need, even if it’s just a few moments. See if you can try this the next time the urge for mindless escape tempts you at the end of a long day. Walk around the block. Look at the stars and appreciate their beauty. Think about three things you’re grateful for. Ride your bike for five or ten minutes. Jump off a curb and make yourself laugh, if that appeals to you.

Sometimes we get frustrated because there’s no space in our world to go for that long run, ride, vacation, etc., that we want. But if we can learn to appreciate a short break from the weighty side of life, we’ll feel more energized and relaxed. Just a few minutes will do it. Give it a shot today – rather than collapsing, do five minutes of something you love or find deeply nourishing. Have an awesome day.

Disclaimer required by my grad school program: I am not your therapist, but could be if you come to Comprehensive Healthcare in White Salmon. 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

The pavement is wet and the sky is partly cloudy this morning (it’s Wednesday). We’ll have partly cloudy sky today with occasional sprinkles. Temps will be near 40 early and in the upper 50’s this afternoon. Snow level 3000′. Moderate west wind. 31% chance of rainbows. Thursday looks cloudy and rainy. Temps will be near 40 early and in the mid 50’s in the afternoon. Snow level 3000′ early, 4500′ midday, and 2500′ overnight. Light and variable wind. 22% chance of rainbows. Friday looks cloudy early and partly cloudy in the afternoon with intermittent showers, especially in the morning. Temps will be near 40 early and in the mid 50’s later. Snow level 2500′. Light west wind. 99% chance of rainbows.

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White Sprinter Van of the Week


Road and Mountain Biking

Just a reminder that many of the trails above 8-Track in Post Canyon are closed. There will be heavy equipment in the closed areas over the next few weeks, so please stay out. The Sheriff and county forest employees are quite frustrated with all the riding happening on closed trails. If the fear of authority doesn’t motivate you, please think about a tree falling on your head. Perhaps that will keep you out of there! If you are wondering what to ride that’s open, consider Seven Streams to 8-Track to Bad Motor Scooter to GP-Float On-Kleeway. Or consider Whoopdee-Ronnoc or Hospital Hill, both of which are very much open. Kitchen Sink is also open, and all Hood River County lands have reopened for motorized use.

Upcoming Events

There are all sorts of events happening as part of Gorge Happiness Month, more than I care to type out. Other events tonight include ping pong at the Hood River Armory at 5:30, community Zumba at 6pm at St. Francis House in Odell, and YogaFaith at Pure Yoga in The Dalles at 6:45.

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. I do this we are getting close!

Have an awesome day today!