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First off, if anyone found a small Sony digital camera on Syncline on Friday or over the weekend, please contact me or leave a comment below this report. It’s not mine, but the nice owner (a gal named Lisa) would really like to have it back.
The wind is starting off lighter this morning as clouds and low pressure bridge the Cascades, knocking gradients down from yesterday. The gradients were .06 from PDX-DLS and .05 out east this morning. Even so, we’ll see a slow build into the 15-18 range this afternoon from Stevenson down to Maryhill as a cold front approaches the coast. With all the clouds this morning and the unstable air, I’m not expecting high quality wind today. It’s going to be gusty out there on the river.
If the forecast holds for tomorrow, an upper level low will set up off the Oregon Coast, effectively killing the pressure gradient across the Cascades and shutting off the Gorge wind for the day. I’m going to take the optimistic view of Tuesday, and say we’ll see 13-16 in the afternoon in the Western Gorge.
That upper low moves east of the Cascades on Wednesday morning, allowing the North Pacific High to send stronger westerlies through the Gorge. If the models hold, Wednesday should be windy, with windspeeds in the mid 20’s likely.
Coming up this evening, there’s the alternative ride out of mountain view cycles, leaving the shop around 6:30 and heading to Mosier. Everyone is welcome on this ride, but please leave your spandex at home! If you show up for the ride today, you’re in the running for a free … from Mountain View. And if you’re coming, don’t forget warm clothes and a light for the ride home!
Have a great day today!
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