Mother Nature sent deep clouds into the Gorge overnight to keep the westerly breezes blowing today. The early gradient was at .14, and it’s growing. An mid-twenties start is soon just a memory. By midday, we’re looking at 30ish from Hood River to Doug’s. Wait a couple more hours and you’ll have 30-35 from Mosier to Arlington this evening.
Honestly, it’s hard to tell where the marine deck ends this early in the morning with high clouds everywhere. As of 6am, it was looking like the marine deck ended around Underwood Mountain, meaning we’ll see wind at the Hatchery. However, clouds should push further inland over the next few hours, meaning the eventual cloudline will end up east of HR. Best wind today? I’d guess Mosier, Doug’s and Arlington, but do watch the Hatchery (duh, of course).
If the models hold for tomorrow, it’ll be the windiest day yet this year (except maybe for that one super-nuker, smoke-on-the-water day at Arlington) We’ll start off with upper twenties (okay, maybe low 30s) in the morning east of the clouds. I haven’t the foggiest idea where the cloudline will end up, but it’s going to blow 35-40 east of the marine deck in the afternoon. Think Doug’s, Maryhill and Arlington for happy thoughts.
If you want less wind today and tomorrow, head to Stevenson. While you’re down there, check out the Moth World Championships for some wild and crazy hydrofoil sailboat racing: http://tinyurl.com/m5qsaz
It’s looking like a weak front on Friday night will keep winds blowing through the Gorge on Saturday. It’s going to be mid twenties or better all day long. Sunday’s looking lighter, but you might want a break by then.
In other news, tonight is the Post and Pint mountain bike ride out of Dirty Fingers. Tomorrow is the first day of Kiteboard for Cancer, and since you’ve already donated at kb4c.org, you can just head to the sandbar and spectate.
And whatever you do today, have an awesome day!