This week’s forecast is brought to you by the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, located
at 215 Cascade Street. Sure, it’s fun to use the Gorge as your gym, exercising your body every day, but how long has it been since you attended a cultural event? A play? A show? An indie film?
Well, Columbia Center for the Arts has you covered. Coming up on July 19th, Oregon author Jon Bell will be at CCA discussing his book ‘On Mount Hood: A biography of Oregon’s Perilous Peak.’ Jon was on OPB a couple of weeks ago, and he’s pretty engaging, so this should be a great talk. On July 20th, ‘Bicycle Dreams’ plays on the big screen at CCA… it’s a documentary about the Race Across America. Definitely a must see, and a bargain at $5. Finally, on the 27th, there’s another great film, ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’. And those are only the highlighted events – you can check the website for more. And, if you want to support art in the Gorge,
Now, your forecast:
First, a small rant: For all of you who are vehemently anti-tax, thanks, because Washington has no money and now we need to pay to use the Hatchery, Doug’s and Maryhill. You can purchase the pass here.
Models were showing a very light wind day when I looked last night, but the gradient this morning is .09. There’s really no wind to speak of yet, but that gradient, combined with an approaching system, will give us wind today. 14-17 by noon near Hood River seems reasonable. Late in the day we’ll see Stevenson jump to the low twenties while the Hood River/Rowena/Mosier gets gusty.
Tomorrow looks quite windy as a low pressure trough crosses the Cascades. We should see 22-25 early, probably from Mosier to Doug’s, but possibly at the Hatchery, picking up to 27-31 from Doug’s to Threemile in the afternoon. Basically all you have to do tomorrow is throw your small gear in the car and head somewhere east of the cloud line.
Camping at Roosevelt wouldn’t be a bad idea tomorrow night, as the wind will blow all night. The strong west wind continues on Friday with high pressure off the coast and warm weather in the desert. We’ll see solid westerlies in the 26-30 from Mosier to Arlington in the morning, fading a big as the day goes on, with the strongest wind shifting to Doug’s and Maryhill.
If you want coast action, the central coast is 20-25 today, tomorrow and Friday, with a 5 foot swell. The north coast should see 15-20.
It’s Wednesday night, and that means there are sailboat races out of the Hood River Marina and the Kayak Shed’s shop paddle, but most importantly, it’s the Post and Pinot ride from Dirty Fingers Bike Repair, where your girl power pedal power earns you a glass of Pinot or a pint after the ride.
Looking ahead to the weekend, it’s the Tenacity Games, along with the White Salmon Riverfest and Symposium. If you live in Hood River, Skamania or Klickitat counties, you can book a $25 locals-only raft guide on Sunday by calling Wet Planet.
Have an awesome day today!
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