Good morning everyone, and happy Monday.
It was a low twenties start this morning as marine clouds were stymied in their eastward progress last night. That doesn’t mean we won’t see wind today. With high pressure off the coast – the North Pacific High, actually – and warm air in the desert, we’ll see solid 19-23 this morning, building to the 22-25 range from Mosier to Rowena this evening.
Ah North Pacific High. We love you North Pacific High. You make the wind blow in the Gorge. You make the wind blow at the coast. What’s not to like about you. You’re the best. Marry me? Wait… I’m getting a little carried away now…
As upper flow turns more northerly tomorrow, winds back off a bit. It’s going to be a light start to Tuesday, followed by 16-19 in the afternoon, just enough for some kiting or slalom sailing in the corridor and at Stevenson.
Wednesday is looking like easterlies at this point as temperatures warm near ninety across the state.
If you’re thinking of going coastal today, it’s still looking good. The forecast is 20-25 knots with higher gusts from Seaside down to Florence today and tomorrow. Combine that with a 9 foot swell today and a 7 foot swell tomorrow and you’re looking at a couple of epic days on the coast!
For something mellow tonight, there’s free tai chi at Wilson Park in Hood River at 6. Or you could meet up with all my friends from San Francisco and drink Scorpion Bowls for something less mellow.
On Thursday – I know, early warning – women windsurfers and standup paddlers get togheter for the Butterfly Effect, Hood River. Meet at Big Winds at 10am to register. There’s a downwinder, followed by a party at Double Mountain at 7pm. All waterwomen are welcome at the party!
Whatever you do today, have an awesome day!