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If you like lots of wind, clear your schedule today, because it’s going to be a big day on the river. At 5am, a cold front was making its way into the Northwest, and marine clouds were pushing into P ortland. The Portland to The Dalles Gradient was a .14 early, with another .04 out east.
The wind was blowing in the upper teens at 5am, but it’s going to pick up quickly today. We’ll see a quick build into the 25-28 range from Stevenson to the Hatchery, with 19-23 at the Sandbar. As the front approaches, the wind will pick up to 30+ for a little while at the Hatchery, and then probably get gusty near Hood River, and pick up in the desert. This afternoon brings 28-32 or more at Doug’s, Rufus, and Arlington, with strongest, steadiest wind at Arlington and Roosevelt.
On Friday, low pressure sets up across the Cascades, keeping Hood River cool and cloudy and shifting the strongest, steadiest wind east. Even so, the wind will probably only blow in the 17-20 range at best tomorrow. Saturday looks lighter than Friday, but that could change.
Coming up tonight, there’s the Dirty Fingers hot lap in Post Canyon, the Thursday night Tri practice, and a free crossfit workout meeting at the south end of the event site at 5:30.
Boaters, the White Salmon’s still hovering around 1.85 feet and the Klickitat’s right around 750 cfs. If you’re available Saturday, there’s a free kayak slalom clinic on the Clackamas. Give Alder Creek a call for more information or head here for more information. There’s also an associated race on Sunday.
Also this weekend is the Oregon Open Ocean SUP race at Newport, Oregon. Check it out here. Closer to home, there’s a free windsurfing clinic with Cliff Ryden on Northwave’s lawn on Sunday from noon ‘til 2pm.
And finally, don’t forget about the Bigfoot Bash and Bounty coming up this weekend in Home Valley.
That’s it for today. Whatever you do today, have an awesome day!
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