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If you’re a windsurfer or kiter, you’re in heaven right now as the Northwest is locked in a wind-friendly weather pattern. High pressure off the coast combines with marine clouds from a low pressure trough for westerlies into the foreseeable future.
The gradient from Portland to The Dalles at 5am was at .14, marine clouds were stacked up west of Hood River, and the wind was moaning and howling outside my window at 5am. Westerlies will blow in the 26-30 range from Viento to Mosier this morning, filling in at Doug’s, Maryhill and Arlington later on. As a front crosses the Cascades today, the wind might get gusty, but it’s going to blow all day long. My pick today is the Hatchery or Swell or the Sandbar this morning, before the front has a chance to screw things up. Either that, or cross your fingers and hope for Maryhill later on today.
Tomorrow looks windy too, with a little bit lighter start. 15-18 near Hood River early builds to 22-25 midday, eventually filling in from Stevenson out to Maryhill.
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday look exactly like Sunday, and that’s as far out as I’m going to forecast.
In other news, today is the amateur competition day for the Bridge of the Gods kiteboarding festival in Stevenson. Also happening today are lots of sailboat races in Cascade Locks, bike racing in Trout Lake, Jackson’s Ride the Gorge in Hood River, and for the kids, Jr. Forest Ranger day at Skibowl. Finally, tonight, there’s the free, outdoor movie “The Dish” presented by Hood River Community Ed at Jackson Park in Hood River. Coming up next week it’s Return of the Jedi!
Boaters, the White Salmon’s just above 2 feet and the Klickitat’s at 950 cfs. The Saturday Kayak Shed shop paddle is off for the next couple of weeks, as the fearless leader Tim will be out of town.
Have an awesome day today!
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