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Today’s going to be a beautiful, sunny day, with temperatures climbing to around 90. If you have the day off, I’m voting for hiking at Cloud Cap, because it’s cool, quiet and uncrowded, with gorgeous views. If you want to get on the water, there are some east winds this morning at Stevenson and Rooster. They’ll hold in the 22-24 range until early afternoon.
Coming up tomorrow, the heat low shifts eastward over the Cascades and a trough of low pressure moves towards the coast. We’ll see light east winds in the morning, probably in the 10-15 range. By mid-afternoon, gradients should turn around, causing west winds to climb into the 13-17 range from Stevenson down to Hood River.
Gradients continue to build overnight Wednesday, setting up a big west wind day on Thursday. Dawn patrol at the Hatchery looks likely, with early winds in the mid-twenties. By midday, winds should be in the upper twenties to low thirties near the hatchery, with gusty low twenties at the Sandbar. Dress warmly tomorrow – temperatures are going to drop into the 70’s.
At this point, it looks like cool weather in Portland will continue through the weekend, making every day from Thursday to Sunday windy.
Coming up this evening, there’s the Tuesday Night Tri, where you can swim in the Columbia, sprint 8 miles on your bike, and run 2 miles on flat ground. Everyone is welcome – just show up at the east end of the Event Site at 6pm.
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