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In a nearly-perfect example of how weather models can be wrong, we have yesterday’s model run insisting that we’ll see east wind this morning, or at least no wind at all. As you can tell, and I can too, now that I’m awake and looking out the window, there’s west wind. And not just a little. PDX-DLS sits at .09 this morning, enough for upper teens to low twenties.
With the temp already at 74 degrees and the relative humidity at a stunning 70% with the dewpoint at 63 degrees, it’s a morning for air-con. Actually, it’s a morning for getting in a quick workout, because if the dewpoint doesn’t drop, we’re all going to die this afternoon. Oh wait. It’s a morning for windsurfing and kiting and downwind SUPing, because it’s windy! Watch out for a decent chance of thunderstorms this afternoon.
Screw those dumb models. West wind at 17-21 this morning near Hood River with 13-16 at Mosier/Doug’s Maryhill (due to a bit of a passing weather system), drops a bit midday as P-Town turns to Heat-Town. In the afternoon, expect west wind at 21-24 from Stevenson to The Dalles as a low pressure trough settles along the coast, low pressure sits in the desert, and the North Pacific High builds stronger.
This same setup hangs around for a few days. Expect 22-25+ early tomorrow morning at the Hatch with a bit less at the Event Site for dawn patrol, with a lull midday and 22-25 in the afternoon. Wednesday looks windy. Thursday looks windy. Friday looks windy. And that’s as far out as I’ll hazard a guess, but I will say that I hope the Tuesday-on weather setup sticks around for a bit, because it’s pretty classic.
|Your favorite beach||Dawn
|Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site)||17-21||17-21||14-17||21-24|
|Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle||13-16||10-13||10-13||18-23|
|Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall||14-17||10-13||10-13||15-18|
|Arlington / Roosevelt||10-13||5-10||0-10||0-10|
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If you can take the heat this evening, there are a couple of mellow bike rides. The Ride Around The Gorge is at 5:30 – check their Facebook page for today’s ride. There’s also the 6:30 booze cruise from Mountain View Cycles to the Thirsty Woman in Mosier. If you’re doing that ride, leave the spandex and clipless pedals at home, and bring lights and a helmet.
Looking ahead to next weekend, it’s the Gorge Laser Blowout. Sure, it’s cool to watch Bruce and Dale battle it out for the fastest time on a windsurfer, but windsurfers are made for high wind. Laser sailboats, little one-man dinghies, really aren’t. So make some time next Sunday to watch this race.
Coming up in two weekends from now, it’s Kiteboarding for Cancer, and they’re looking for volunteers. Visit the event websitefor more information.
Have an awesome day today!