An upper level low is making its way across the Northwest this morning, drawing west winds through the Gorge in its wake. Best winds will be this morning, as the low sits close enough to keep gradients strong. By afternoon, high pressure fills in from the west, dropping gradients and windspeeds. That said, the cloudline was past Hood River this morning and the strongest, steadiest winds were at Doug’s and Maryhill. We’ll see 24-28 at near-east sites this morning, backing off to 18-22 this afternoon and filling in back to the Hatchery.
Weak high pressure at the coast Friday morning combines with weak low pressure in the desert for another round of west winds. Models aren’t saying much for Friday, but they don’t really handle this setup well. I think we’ll see 18-22 for most of the day Friday.
Another cold front slides over the Norhtwest early Saturday, for clouds in the western Gorge and west winds in the eastern Gorge. I’m thinking we’ll see 23-26 or so out east Saturday.
In other news, tonight is the Post and Pint ride at 5:30 out of dirty fingers bike repair. After that, you can either hang at Dirty Fingers or head down to Dog River at 8 o’clock for a Gorge-sports-related slideshow by Richard Hallman.
Finally coming up Saturday at Northwave is a free intermediate windsurfing clinic from noon til 2. Free is a good price for lessons, so go check it out!
Whatever you do today, have an awesome day!