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We’ll have strong east wind Saturday morning, at 24-27 at Stevenson and a little more at Rooster Rock, with calm wind in Hood River early, picking up to east 5-10 by mid-morning with stronger wind on the ridgetops. After noon, the wind will fade, and by 5pm or so, it’ll switch to light west wind.
The westerlies will increase overnight, rising to 30+ from Hood River eastward by Sunday morning. By afternoon, the wind should be at 33-38 from Mosier to The Dalles, with 28-32 east of The Dalles all the way to Arlington. With a static setup, we’d expect the wind to be stronger on the river than in the hills, but this is a dynamic setup. Expect strong wind up in the valleys and on the ridgetops too. You can also expect higher humidity along with the ripping westerlies.
A strong cold front pushes in Sunday night, giving us low clouds at least to Hood River and a slight chance of showers. The westerlies will continue, with 15-18 under the low clouds and 24-28 in the eastern Gorge.
Have an awesome day today!