Updated at 9:00 Thursday.
The forecast is brought to you this week by 2nd Wind Sports. They’ve got competitive prices, awesome staff, and they’ll consign your extra gear so your car can fit in your garage (okay, maybe not your car, but at least that next new piece of equipment). I do not know if they’ll consign your car. Seriously, 2nd Wind is a great shop, the staff is the most positive and helpful and cheerful in town (no kidding), and I spend way too much time and money there. You should too!
NoAA’s calling for an even 100 degrees in The Dalles today, and 98 in Hood River, and that means it’s time to visit your favorite swimming hole. If you haven’t been to the Punchbowl yet this year, today is the day. Either that or it’s another day to spend on or in a river. If you want to run the Klickitat this evening, let me know. There is a group of us going.
Windsurfing or kiting isn’t really going to happen today. Morning easterlies in the 15-18 range will fade towards afternoon, giving excellent waterskiing conditions through the Gorge. Scotty, did you hear me?
Believe it or not, west wind will return tomorrow afternoon as a weak layer of marine air pushes inland from the coast. Although the Gorge starts out glassy tomorrow morning, we’ll see blowdryer westerlies in the 17-20 range tomorrow afternoon from Stevenson to Hood River.
A weak disturbance hits the Northwest on Saturday, bringing a stronger marine push, better temperature gradients and stronger westerlies. Widespread low twenties or better is the long-range conservative call for Saturday. Sunday looks windy too.
Another believe it or not: the Post and Pint ride out of Dirty Fingers Bike Repair in Hood River is on for this evening, despite the heat. Meet at the shop at 5:30 for the hot lap. Mitchell is promising extra refreshing beverages (that’s more than one beer, not an extra refreshing beer) and cherries (he didn’t say that) for everyone who completes the ride today.
Finally, boaters, the White Salmon just below 2 ¾ and the Klickitat’s right around 1500 cfs , and if you’re not a boater, today is going to be a great day to do some whitewater rafting or take a kayak lesson! Give Wet Planet a call and say you want to take a kayaking lesson from Susan or Andy. They taught me, and they rock. Get out on the water!
That’s it for today. Whatever you do today, have an awesome day.