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We’re starting off with very light east winds this morning, perfect weather for wakeboarding or road biking. The calm weather will last until midday, when the thermal trough shifts eastward and a cold front approaching the coast turns the flow onshore. By early afternoon, westerlies should pick up into the 17-20 range, first at Stevenson, then for a couple of gusty hours from the Hatchery to Doug’s, then shifting further east in the evening as the front gets closer.
West winds pick up several notches tomorrow as a low pressure trough along the coast drives wind to the heat low in the desert. Westerlies start off in the 21-24 range from Hood River down to Doug’s, picking up to the 25-28 range. As the front pushes across the Cascades, winds fill in out east in the 26-29 range.
Westerlies continue on Sunday, and likely will blow through the middle of next week as cool weather in Portland combines with sunshine in the desert.
If you’re looking for something to do tonight or this weekend, it’s First Friday in Hood River tonight, the Kayak Shed shop paddle meets tomorrow at Husum at 10am, and there’s a swap meet on Sunday. And finally, don’t forget about the Roy Webster Cross-Channel swim on Monday!
Boaters, the White Salmon’s at 1 ¾ feet and the Klickitat, which is now open again for boating and came up a little with the rain, is at 760 cfs.
Did you see the new snow on Adams and Hood the last couple of days? Just four days until Skibowl and Timberline passes go on sale… I just wish the Skibowl pass came with free Skibowl nachos.
Have a great day today!
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