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Now… on to the forecast…
A low pressure trough across the Northwest keeps Gorge winds pretty light today. Our best chance for any windsurfing or kiting is late this afternoon, when we’ll see some light west winds in the 13-16 range.
An upper low slides across the Northwest tonight, setting up a cloudy day in the western Gorge with a chance of sprinkles tomorrow. It looks like the desert will stay sunny, so it’s going to be a good, windy start to the weekend. The morning starts out with 20-24, and afternoon winds build into the 27-31 range. Strongest, steadiest wind will be east of the clouds, likely at Maryhill and Arlington.
If you’re headed to Maryhill, be aware that the current is ripping and there are lots of fishing nets along the beach. It’s expert-only conditions right now. I’m not really good at guessing current speed, but I bet it 4-6 knots out there right now. That doesn’t make for great swell, but it’s pretty exciting.
Sunday looks windy too, as high pressure rebuilds at the coast and low pressure hangs in the desert. It’s going to start off in the low twenties and build into the upper twenties east of the clouds. As always, if you want less wind, stay under the clouds for 14-18 or so.
The early forecast discussions for next week suggest more wind. Yippee! Enjoy the rest day today… if you dare! (I’m going boating, so no rest day for me… apparently I’ve been bad and I don’t get to rest! 😉 )
If you were looking forward to The Bridge of the Gods Kiteboarding festival, it’s been postponed until August 6th/7th due to the cold, wet Junuary weather.
Boaters, the White Salmon’s right around 3.75 feet, the Klickitat’s at 2140 cfs, and the Hood River’s at 4.2 feet. If you want to raft the White Salmon this weekend, friend Wet Planet on Facebook and get 15% off trips this Saturday for solstice weekend celebration! 15% off is a pretty good deal, as it’s around $60 for a half-day trip on the White Salmon… Make it a two-sport day!
Whatever you do today, have an awesome day!