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Now, for the forecast. First off, congratulations to Lars Berstrom, who dominated the King of the Hook Contest Yesterday, winning three categories. Congratulations also to Macrae and Fiona Wylde for taking the tandem class and Jacquie Barone for winning the women’s event! I’m starting to think that’s going to be my next step in windsurfing… back to the 1980’s and beyond. Longboard freestyle is cool!
It’s looking like a very hot and not very windy day today, as high pressure across the Cascades has knocked gradients down quite a bit this morning. We might see east winds in the 10-15 range near Stevenson this morning, but even that breeze will back off this afternoon as temperatures climb near 100 in Portland, Hood River, and The Dalles.
Tomorrow looks like today, with light wind and highs near 100. It looks like the west winds will return late on Tuesday or Wednesday morning. The strength of those winds is in question, as the marine push will come from an upper level low off the coast, and that can minimize gradient strength. So, we’re going to have to wait and see. Surprises are fun, right?
If you’re looking for ways to cool off today, think about hiking to a waterfall, doing some standup paddling, going whitewater rafting (with Wet Planet, because they run the Class IV section above BZ, and nobody else does) or heading to one of the great swimming holes in the Gorge (Punchbowl, Mosier, Dog Creek, Tucker Bridge…)
If you’re around Hood River this afternoon with a dirty car, head on down to the British Pub from 1pm to 5pm. Clair #2 from 2nd Wind is putting on a bikini car wash from 1 to 5 pm to raise money to pay for her 5 meter gray Slingshot Fuel that was stolen. If you have the kite, you can drop it at the car wash or 2nd Wind, no questions asked. Otherwise, just come down and get your car washed!
Boaters, the White Salmon’s just under 2 feet and the Klickitat’s at 850cfs.
Have a great day today!
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