West winds make a bit of a comeback late today, as Portland hovers in the upper eighties and The Dalles reaches for 100 degrees. With the heat low in the east and high pressure at the coast, winds can’t help but pick up later. We’ll see 17-21 or so, mid afternoon onward, from Stevenson out to Mosier.
A weak weather disturbance disturbs the status quo on Tuesday night, setting up stronger west gradients for Wednesday. I’m thinking we’ll see 22-25 to start, with winds holding through the day, and spreading eastward as far as Maryhill late in the evening. Thursday’s looking like a carbon copy of Wednesday, with low-to-mid twenties wind through the Gorge.
Weather models past tomorrow aren’t agreeing, so I can’t really hazard a guess for wind in the extended period. Stay tuned tomorrow for the extended forecast.
If you’re a surfer, keep an eye on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Magic Seaweed (but not NOAA) is calling for a south swell headed our way. Friday’s 9@13, Saturday’s 9@17 (wow!) and Sunday’s 7@16 (perfect?).
In non-wind news, the Hood River County fair starts on Wednesday. There’s going to be delicious food, fun rides, and plenty of other cool stuff going on. Also tomorrow is the Hood River Yacht club’s Wednesday night sailboat races. If you’ve got some experience, you can probably crew on a boat. Just wander the Hood River marina around 5:30 tomorrow evening and ask around.
Also on Wednesday is the movie Rabbit Proof Fence at the Columbia center for the arts. It’s a fabulous movie, and totally worth your time. That’s 7;30 tomorrow. Don’t miss it!
And whatever you do today, have an awesome day!