I woke up late this morning, so please accept my apology for the late Friday forecast. That wouldn’t be much of an issue, except there are a few important things going on today.
First, the 8am gradient was at a surprising .06 from Portland to The Dalles. With clouds and very high pressure over Portland and the coast, there’s a good chance we’ll see 16-20 from the Hatchery down to the Sandbar today. Combine that with sunshine and getting on the water seems like a pretty good idea. Tomorrow doesn’t look windy, but it looks like we’ll see a pretty good chance of west winds on Sunday.
In kayaking news, the White Salmon was at 1.98 feet yesterday, and tomorrow is the PDX Kayaker film festival in Portland. You’ll get to see cool movies, meet super sexy boater guys and gals, drink beer (yuck), and win prizes. Next chance for the rivers to come up is tomorrow and Sunday, as .25-.5” of warm rain (8k+ freezing level) falls on the mountains and low elevation snow. Tomorrow’s rainstorm will start off with a bit of an inversion, so isolated pockets of snowfall in the upper valley wouldn’t surprise me.
If you don’t have your skis yet, don’t panic. The HRVHS ski swap starts tonight at the High School. Check out the swap Facebook page for more information.
Coming up tomorrow, there are two work parties in Post Canyon. CGORA is working on the #160 trail and mountain bikers are working on Family Man and GP. If I can manage to get up and get your forecast to you by 9am, I’ll be there. Join me!
Finally, for the extended forecast. Models are swinging back and forth a bit, but it looks like we’re in for a big change by next weekend. The high pressure system that’s been directing the jet stream mostly away from us moves north, opening the door for La Nina. Depending on where low pressure ends up, we could see cold Canadian air along with this (snowstorm) or just moderately cold, wet weather. Stay tuned. The implication of the forecast, in case you didn’t get it, is that the ski areas should be open within 2-3 weeks.
Have an awesome day today!
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