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It’s going to be windy on the Columbia today for you windsurfers and kiters, but before you head to the beach, head to the Hood River Expo Center parking lot from 7 to 11 for the last swap meet of the season. This is a great chance to clear out your garage before ski season arrives!
On the wind scene, the North Pacific High is in place and a trough of low pressure is along the coast, setting up a solid day on the river. It’s going to be windy on the Columbia, but before you head to the beach, head to the Hood River Expo Center parking lot from 7 to 11 for the last swap meet of the season.
The 5am gradient was .09 from Portland to The Dalles with another .08 out east. The low clouds are past Hood River this morning, so the strongest, steadiest wind early will be from Mosier out to Maryhill. Before 11am, we’ll see 20-24 east of Hood River and gusty 14-18 under the clouds. As the clouds burn back, the wind will fill in from Stevenson to Hood River in the gusty 23-26 range. The wind should hold out east today too, with mid twenties at Maryhill and low twenties at Roosevelt this afternoon.
Weak high pressure bridges the Cascades tonight for a light wind start tomorrow. It’s going to be perfect swimming weather for the Roy Webster cross-channel swim tomorrow. By late afternoon Monday, the wind picks up into the 15-18 range near Hood River.
Out on the mountain bike trails, things are in good shape, especially at higher elevations where more rain fell last week. There are still areas of dust up there, but for the most part, the riding is excellent!
Finally, coming up tonight it’s the Sailworks annual party. Head to the loft for food and music, autographs by Bruce Peterson (just kidding, Bruce), and a sneak peak at next year’s sails, tonight from 5 to 11.
Have a great day today!
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