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All of the weekend warriors headed to the Gorge right now are going to be happy and sore weekend warriors by the end of tomorrow. Why? This could just be the windiest weekend of the summer! Yesterday brought decent wind all through the Gorge, today is going to be a repeat, and tomorrow will be even stronger!
The cloud line this morning is west of Hood River, and the 5am gradient was at .14 from Portland to The Dalles. Unlike yesterday, this is a static setup, so strongest, steadiest wind today will be from Viento to Mosier in the morning, filling in at Stevenson and Doug’s in the afternoon. 21-24 early will build to 26-29 by midday, holding all day long.
On Sunday, a weather disturbance moves across the Northwest, driving upper twenties, maybe even low thirties east of Hood River. At this point, there’s no sign of hot weather or high pressure in the extended forecast, meaning we’re going to see lots of wind next week!
If you’re looking for something to do today that doesn’t involve getting on the water yourself, the Slider Project’s wake-style kiteboarding contest takes place at the Hood River Sandbar starting at 11am. Come down and watch kiteboarders pull amazing tricks on man-made features and maybe some huge air.
Coming up this evening, Hood River community ed presents the animated, highly acclaimed movie “Up” on the big screen at Jackson Park, and those kiteboarders we were just talking about celebrate with a party at the British Pub. Whatever you’re doing tonight, don’t stay out too late, because there’s a sleeping in-friendly swap meet starting at 8am tomorrow at Windance.
Boaters, the White Salmon is at 2.75 feet and the Klickitat’s at 1280 cfs. I heard a rumor that one of the rafting companies is training guides on Husum Falls this evening, so if you want to watch a bunch of experienced boaters dropping the Falls, swing by around 6:30 or 7pm (no promises on this one… subject to change)…
That’s it for today. Whatever you do today, have an awesome day!
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