There was a nice bonus session yesterday (see, nobody’s perfect, not even me) along with really nice weather, and today’s for sure west wind, although we’ll have some clouds and cooler temperatures and maybe even some sprinkles. With the early gradient at .12 and low clouds past Hood River this morning, we’ll see 16-19 from Mosier to Maryhill early. By early afternoon, the wind will hit the 23-26 range from Mosier out to Arlington. If you stay in the western Gorge where it’s cloudy, you’ll have wind in the 16-19 range. There’s also a work party at the Hatchery this morning (apparently this was rescheduled yesterday), so swing by and put in some effort at your beach before you go out and have some fun.
Tomorrow looks windy as well, as high pressure along the coast combines with low pressure in the desert. The wind will be in the upper teens early, building to 25-28 from Hood River eastward in the afternoon. Coming up on Monday, it’s Victoria Day, so say hi to the Canadian windsurfers and kiters. It should be windy for you guys on Monday too, with westerlies in the low twenties.
If you’re looking for something to do today, you could go mountain biking at Post Canyon, where the trails are perfect, or you could join me for rafting with Wet Planet. They’re running the Wind, which is in the mid 6’s, the Klickitat, at 3350cfs, and the White Salmon, which is around 4.75 feet.
Also this evening is 2nd Wind’s season opener party at the British Pub, starting at 9. And if you’re left behind and are still here tomorrow, there’s a swap meet at Windance and a race on the Twin Tunnels, benefiting the Mosier School.
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