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First off, thanks to everyone for your kind comments yesterday. I know that people who send such nasty emails are only responding to their own personal problems, but the nasty words still hurt. It’s good to hear from all of you who do appreciate the forecast, so thank you! Now, the forecast….
Hopefully everyone is recovering from the great wind and the 4th of July parties yesterday. I have no idea why it ended up blowing 35ish yesterday (I updated the website at 9:30 to predict 26-30, but Mother Nature still won the forecast battle yesterday), but it was a fun surprise. It’s windy again this morning, but it’s not going to stay that way all day, so get out of bed, stop looking at your iPhone or Blackberry or Droid, and head to the water.
Marine clouds were right over Hood River this morning and the early gradient was at .12 from Portland to The Dalles. Strongest, steadiest wind early will be at Mosier. By mid-morning, as a weak system passes overhead, the wind fills in from Viento to Maryhill in the 25-29 range, with a slight possibility of short-lived 30+. If you want the strongest wind, jump on it, as high pressure starts pushing east this afternoon, causing winds to drop into the upper teens by evening.
By tomorrow morning, the sky clears and gradients turn easterly as high pressure builds over the Northwest. We’ll see morning easterlies in the low teens, building to the 17-21 range in the afternoon.
Easterlies keep blowing Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and so does the coast, which is definitely better than no wind at all!
If you’d like some waves with your wind, instead of east wind Gorge choppiness, it’s blowing from Florence down now, and is going to keep blowing through Thursday, at least, with 20-25 knots or more starting today, and 7 to 9 foot waves. Wavesailing sounds like a great way to beat the 90+ degree heat that starts tomorrow!
If you’re looking for something fun to do after work tonight, there are Monday’s standard after-work activities. There’s the alternative ride out of Mountain View cycles at 6:30 pm (and I swear I’m actually going to go this week). That’s a family-friendly, mellow ride to Mosier and back for snacks and drinks at the Thirsty Woman. Also tonight is free tai chi in Wilson Park in Hood River – lessons start at 5:30 or so, and class stats at 6pm.
That’s it for today. Whatever you do today, have an awesome day!
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