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Today’s forecast status: Updated 5:40am. Still red by $3.
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**UPDATE: 9:05AM. Due to extreme fire danger, SDS has just closed all their lands to hiking and biking and motorsports. Please respect the closure. This includes Whoopdee Trail, East Ridge Trail, and any SDS land on Hospital Hill. Thanks for respecting the wishes of the landowners, and please spread the word!**
In an interesting start to the day today, there’s plenty of gradient (.08) and no wind on the water. Well, Wind on the water, your source for free wind speeds and gradients is still around, but there’s no wind on the Columbia. That should change soon, with 19-23 from Stevenson to Hood River today and 15-18 from Mosier to The Dalles.
Despite a prediction of a deeper marine layer and cooler temperatures tomorrow, models are not predicting more wind. Screw the models. I think we’ll see a brief 24-28 in the morning before the wind shakes out at 22-25 for the rest of the day. Strongest wind tomorrow will be from the Hatchery to Mosier early, filling in from Stevenson to The Dalles later.
The wind will shut down on Wednesday-Friday, with the exception of light easterlies through the whole Gorge. It will be hot. Really hot. That pattern breaks down Saturday with possible thunderstorms, and strong west wind should be back by Sunday, assuming the t-storms clear the area.
Tonight’s free outdoor events include Tai Chi class at Wilson Park in Hood River at 6pm, and the Alternative Ride out of Mt. View Cycles, leaving the shop at 6:30 for a mellow ride to Mosier and back with a long stop at the Thirsty Woman.
Coming up next weekend, it’s the Naish Paddle Challenge, with world class standup paddlers in town for races. On Friday, as part of this, there’s a grom SUP race for kids 17 and under, with demos and lessons. Check out PositivelyKai.com and get your kids signed up now.
Next Saturday in Bingen, it’s the Kids in Motion festival in Bingen, a run, bike and skate fest to raise money for the White Salmon Bike Park. Grab the kids and get them out there riding and running around. You can get more information at Mt. Adams Parks and Rec’s website.
Have an awesome day today!