today’s forecast 8/19

Posted by
Temira
Date
 August 19, 2010
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Good morning!

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The west wind is blowing again, and it looks like we’re in for a long windy streak. The 5am gradient from Portland to The Dalles was .13 and although it was difficult to see because it’s dark out at 5:20 now, it appears the marine clouds are west of Hood River. Today’s a static setup, so the wind should be steadier than it was yesterday. We’ll have 25-28 from Hood River to Mosier this morning, filling in at Stevenson by midday and Doug’s later in the afternoon.

It was blowing all the way out to Arlington early this morning, but I think the western Gorge is a better call today. There is a chance the Wall and Rufus will hold in the upper teens to low twenties, so keep that in mind as an option today.

Friday looks windy too, but a low pressure trough along the coast will probably cause winds to back off into the upper teens to low twenties.

Looking ahead to the weekend wind forecast, the marine layer deepens on Saturday as an upper trough sets up along the coast, burying Portland in clouds. As that trough moves east on Sunday, a strong gradient develops across the Gorge, and snow levels fall to 8000 feet, bringing the first dusting of the La Nina snow to Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood!

Coming up tonight, there’s the Post and Pint ride out of Dirty Fingers Bike Repair at 5:30, the Thursday night Tri bonus practice at the east end of the Event Site at 6pm, and there’s a free Crossfit crazy workout meeting at the south side of the Event Site at 5:30.

And coming up tomorrow, just in case you’re really beat up, there’s free acupuncture from 10 to 3 at Columbia Gorge Community Acupuncture in Hood River. Call 399-3169 to schedule, or stop by 208 4th Street.

Boaters, the White Salmon’s just below 2 feet and the Klickitat’s at 795 cfs. Coming up on September 11th, there’s a rafting race on the White Salmon River. Details here: http://www.nwrafting.com/white-salmon

Have a great day today!

Temira

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