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There’s a nice west breeze flowing through the Gorge this morning, and a gradient of .09 from Portland to The Dalles, giving us 10 for 10 windy days in August. With the low clouds east of Hood River and an upper level low pushing into the state, the wind is going to be pretty gusty today and lighter than it’s been recently. Head east of the low clouds today, probably east of The Dalles, for 19-23. Under the low clouds, we’ll have gusty westerlies in the 13-15 range. With this much cloud coverage, it’s probably going to be quite light in Stevenson and at Viento, at least until some of these clouds burn off.
The upper level low will hang around for a couple of days, so onshore flow will weaken tomorrow. We’ll see west wind in the 10-15 range from Stevenson down to Mosier. With a little luck, the sailable streak will continue, with an evening bump into the 15-18 range. Thursday and Friday look similar to Wednesday. In the early forecast for the weekend, summer returns, with highs climbing into the 90’s. That’s going to shut down the west winds and bring us some easterlies for a few days.
Coming up tonight, it’s the Tuesday Night Triathlon at the Hood River Event site at 6pm. Join Paul Jones and friends for a 500 yard swim, 8 mile bike and 2 mile run.
Just a few days from now, in the late hours of the 12th and wee hours of the 13th, it’s the peak of the Perseid meteor shower, where you’ll see up to 60 meteors per hour, along with lots of fireballs, blazing across the northern sky. It’s the best meteor shower of the year, so make plans to be up late!
Boaters, the White Salmon’s just over 2 feet and the Klickitat’s at 900 cfs.
Have a great day today!
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