This week’s forecast is brought to you by the Sandbar Café, located at the east end of the Event Site, and open daily during the summer from 11am to 7pm. It’s going to be windy today, and you’re going to be kiting down there or slalom sailing, so wander by and say hi to kitchen maestro and musician, Crazy Pete. The Event Site is a great place to watch the sunset, so grab a friend, and head to the Sandbar Café this evening for $2.50 tall boys and a beautiful sunset. Sandbar Café has donated 5 fish taco and Tall Boy combos for this week’s email list giveaway. Score, and thank you to the Sandbar!
West winds keep blowing today. The early gradient was .09, and the wind was blowing in the teens at the Sandbar at 5am. We’ll see 17-21 this morning from Stevenson to Hood River, probably fading midday as Portland heats up, and building again in the late evening.
Thicker marine clouds tomorrow combine with high pressure at the coast for more wind. The Hatchery should see low twenties dawn patrol, building into the mid twenties by mid-morning tomorrow. Models suggest the wind will fill in all the way from Stevenson to Arlington late in the day, in the 24-28 range, as a weather disturbance crosses the Cascades. The only possible problem tomorrow would be afternoon thunderstorms that could shut down the wind.
At this point, Friday looks windier than Thursday, and the long range models suggest west wind all the way through the weekend.
Coming up tonight, there are sailboat races out of the Hood River Marina. Show up at the dock at 5:30 with baked goods or a six-pack, and you’ll likely find a boat willing to take you. Also at 5:30, at the Husum put-in on the White Salmon River, it’s the Kayak Shed’s shop paddle, followed by dinner and drinks in Bingen.
Speaking of boating, the white Salmon’s right around 2 1/2 feet right now.
Don’t forget about the meteor shower tonight and the Hood River County Fair going on through Sunday at the fairgrounds in Odell.
Finally, ATVers and dirt bikers, Hood River County just went to Level 3 fire alert, so all trails in Hood River County are now closed to motorized use.
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