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Tomorrow’s forecast status: 11:58am: Crushed from bike ride. On for tomorrow. Thank you for the donation!
Today’s sponsor: Celilo Inn, The Dalles. When you’re visiting The Gorge, you need a place to stay. Hood River’s a little short on hotel rooms and vacation rentals. So, try The Dalles, up-and-coming with yummy food and fun bars with a we-live-here-not-just-vacation-here vibe. Where do you stay? Celilo Inn on the east hill above town, with spectacular views of the river and the dam and locks. Suite rooms with views of the Columbia. Big pillow-top mattresses. A pool. A fire pit. A mini gym. Adventure packages with whitewater rafting and wine tours. And it’s not just for tourists: Celilo Inn can give you locals an escape from the crazy summer bustle of Hood River.
So, I swear that on Friday I said yesterday would be light wind, picking up to west 15-18. And yesterday I said it would be west switching to east. And what did it do? The former. Ah well. Nobody’s perfect, including the weather models and the person who interprets them. Yep. That’s me.
It’s going to be another hot one today, with very little wind to cool down the central Gorge. Models are convinced we’ll see east wind this morning, but as of 6:45am, there was nothing. No east wind. No west wind. Gradient of east .02. That’s not much. They’re still convinced we’ll see something, so how about east 10-15 for a couple hours mid-morning, swinging to west 10-15 around 5pm, first in Stevenson, then later near Hood River.
By tomorrow morning, we’ll have 17-21, building to 22-25 from Stevenson to Hood River by mid-morning, and holding through the afternoon. A weather system swings by tomorrow night, giving us cooler weather on Tuesday and, most likely, stronger west wind.
Coming up Wednesday-Friday, it’s hot, hot weather for Oregon and Washington, with highs in the 90’s and very little wind. By Friday, if the forecast holds, we’ll be under southerly flow with a chance of thunderstorms and near-guaranteed humid weather.
The White Salmon sandbar cleanup scheduled for this afternoon has been postponed due to high water in the Columbia. Stay tuned for the information on a new date. Not postponed today, and definitely still happening, is the OBRA Short-Track championships in Cascade Locks on the easyCLIMB trail. You can’t ride your bike there from Hood River, yet, unless you ride I-84, but the hope is that the trail will be completed by 2016, in time for the 100th anniversary of the Historic Columbia River Highway. If you want more information on the planned trail, visit hcrh.org.
Also tonight, it’s the last of the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower. It’s always the best show of the year! I keep saying that, and I keep waking up briefly in the middle of the night, but so far I haven’t made it outside to watch. Maybe tonight is the night?
Have an awesome day today!