8/2 Gorge wind and events

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Temira
Date
 August 2, 2012
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Tomorrow’s forecast status: Thank you, D.P.! – 7:30am

I’m going to quote from NOAA now: “THE HOTTEST WEATHER OF THE YEAR SO FAR LIKELY OVER MUCH OF SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON AND NORTHWEST OREGON THIS WEEKEND. PEOPLE WHO DO STRENUOUS EXERCISE SHOULD BE EXTRA CAREFUL DURING THIS UPCOMING HOT PERIOD. DRINK PLENTY OF CLEAR FLUIDS…AND AVOID
EXERCISE DURING THE HEAT OF THE DAY.”

That’s nice, isn’t it? You know they’re required to write in caps and are not allowed to use commas? Really. In between now and Saturday and Sunday, when it’s going to be 95 degrees here, get yourself a nice swimsuit and floaty toy and make plans to spend some time in the river. And… what they really meant to say was, “THE HOTTEST WEATHER OF THE YEAR SO FAR LIKELY THIS WEEKEND. YOUR TOMATOES WILL FINALLY RIPEN.”

Today is a day for playing in the river a different way – no pool floaty needed. Deep clouds in Portland and sunshine out here (well, I woke up at 4:45, so it wasn’t sunny when I wrote this report) mean we’ll see strong wind on the river. The gradient is .13 PDX-DLS and another .07 out east, which bodes for a very strong day. 21-24 starts the day near Hood River and Mosier, with the wind picking up to 26-30+ midday and filling in to Stevenson, Doug’s, Rowena and Maryhill this afternoon.

The latest model runs show high pressure building in faster and faster tomorrow. So, now I think we’ll see 10-15 west overnight, going glassy by mid-morning and switching to east 13-15 by noon.

Saturday is the Bridge of the Gods amateur event, and they’ll get east wind at 15-18. Sunday looks hot and calm until late afternoon, when a light west breeze picks up. For those of you desperate to cool off on Sunday, it looks like Jones Beach might provide a bit of a cool breeze.

In other events, Sportbike Northwest continues in Stevenson this week for all you motorcycle riders, How to Train Your Dragon plays at Cascade Locks Movies in the Park Friday, and Secretariat, with a visit from Secretariat the horse at 5:30pm, plays at Hood River Movies in the park Saturday.

Have an awesome day today!

Temira