You windsurf and kiters are probably looking for a rest day after the last couple of big days on the river. Today is your chance to give your arms a break. Weak high pressure builds over the Northwest, setting up light east gradients across the gorge. Slack gradients mean you can be a slacker (like me) and soak up today’s sunshine.
Don’t get too relaxed, because the west winds return with a vengeance tomorrow. A cold front slams into Oregon and Washington midday, and high pressure quickly builds in behind. With that setup, we’re going to see huge gradients from Portland to The Dalles and matching huge gradients from The Dalles to Pendleton. I think upper 20s to low 30s tomorrow afternoon is a pretty safe call. Throw your small gear in the car tomorrow morning and cancel your appointments tomorrow afternoon.
Get it while you can, because high pressure seems set to rebuild over the wind tunnel Thursday and Friday, for much lighter west winds.
Coming up this week, the Wind Sports Industry has a not-trade-show in town, and that ties into a huge party on Thursday night. 2nd Wind and Area 54 are throwing the party down at the Hood River Inn so it’s bound to be a good one.
Also, today, tomorrow and Thursday you can try the brutal Crossfit workout at Children’s park in Hood River. 6:30 in the morning and 5:30 in the evening. It’s not supposed to be fun, but it is free. Go check it out!