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Yesterday’s wind didn’t quite pan out like I’d hoped, but it was windy enough to get on the water, and today’s going to be windy too. It didn’t blow 25-28 because I added a “rate the forecast” survey at the end of the forecast yesterday. At the end of the day, you can rate today’s forecast too.
The 5am gradient was already .13 from Portland to The Dalles, it’s was blowing 27 at the Hatch before sunrise (why am I up this early?), and Portland was buried in clouds early. I know this even though it was dark when I posted this forecast. How? Because I have superhero night vision!
An upper trough on the Oregon coast will deepen today, keeping areas west of the Cascades in the gloom. As the desert heats up, Gorge winds will build. We’ll see low twenties early from Hood River to Mosier, building to 25-28 by midday. However, if the low clouds push in past the Hatch (even little low clouds, not just the Wall of Clouds, but you can ignore the high clouds), you’ll need to make a move east. In the afternoon, it’ll get gusty at the Hatch and Sandbar, but the wind will fill in at Stevenson, Doug’s, Maryhill, and possibly Arlington in the 24-28 range.
The low pressure trough moves across the Cascades tomorrow, causing the wind to back off into the upper teens to low twenties. It’s going to be cloudy in Hood River tomorrow, so the wind will be quite gusty at the Sandbar and Hatch. For steadier wind, head east of the cloud line… you’re probably headed to Maryhill or Roosevelt tomorrow if you want sunshine.
Coming up Monday, a ridge builds over the Cascades, setting up a light west wind day. The next big day looks like Wednesday.
Boaters, the White Salmon’s a little under 2 feet and the Klickitat’s at 788 cfs. If you’d like to run the Middle today, the Kayak Shed’s shop paddle meets at 10am at the Husum put-in. You must have class III skills and a roll to join this paddle, or the river will give you a serious beating.
Coming up tonight, The Spy Who Loved Me plays on the big screen at Jackson Park in Hood River. Free outdoor movie. Bring warm clothes and a blanket!
Have a great day today!
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