West winds keep blowing all day long today. The early gradient was .09 from Portland to the Dalles and .08 out east. We’ll see 18-23 this morning from Lyle eastward. Winds pick up later, with 26-29, maybe even low thirties, from Rowena out to Arlington.
My pick for today is the Rufus stretch of the river for strongest, steadiest wind. And if for some reason that’s not working out, I pick the Lyle-Rowena stretch of River. Oh yay Rowena with your slippery rocks and slimy bottom. You make me so happy. Under the clouds in the western Gorge, winds blow in the 13-16 range.
Tomorrow starts off light, as high pressure fills in on both sides of the Cascades. We may see some light afternoon thermals in the 10-15 range, and then again, we might not. At this point, Memorial Day does not look windy, and that means your forecaster is looking forward to catching up on some sleep.
If you’re a kiter, check out the Ocean Rodeo demos down at the Sandbar today and tomorrow, along with a big party with live music tonight.
On to biking news, today is practice day on the Super D course in Post Canyon. That means uphill traffic is a very bad idea on the course. It’s probably pretty slick in there anyway after yesterday’s rain, and not a great day to canoodle with the trail whether you’re headed up or down. Tomorrow is the Super D, so the course will be closed unless you are competing. Today is your last day to sign up to race!
In boating world, it’s a good day to hit the rivers. The Hood’s at 4.0 feet, the White Salmon’s at 3.75 feet (well, it was as 6pm yesterday), and the Klickitat’s at 2300 cfs.
Have a great day today!