10/3 forecast

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 October 3, 2010

Good morning!

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We’ve got a bit of a complicated weather picture today with a frontal system moving across the Cascades during the day. The 5am gradient was at .14 from Portland to The Dalles with another .05 out east. That’s a really solid start for this time of year, so you can expect 25-29 from Hood River to Mosier this morning, filling in from Lyle out to Arlington as the front passes this afternoon.

As the front passes, the wind may get horribly gusty and die off near Hood River. If that happens while you’re at the Hatch or Sandbar, don’t panic. It just means you’re going to have to shift east to get the goods.

Coming up tomorrow, a very strong high pressure system builds off the coast. This is going to keep the west winds going for one last day before calmer, summer-like weather and glassy conditions return to the Gorge on Tuesady (and the wind shifts to the coast). We’ll start off with 18-22 near Hood River, but steady westerlies in the mid twenties from Stevenson down to Mosier look very likely tomorrow afternoon.

If you’re a surfer, today and tomorrow look good at the coast. Light north wind combines with an 11 foot swell at 14 seconds. Webcams yesterday showed big, clean waves, so get out there and get some. Tomorrow looks good too, with light wind in the morning and a dropping 8 foot swell.

Boaters, the White Salmon is between 1.6 and 1.7 feet and the Klickitat’s at 727 cfs.

If you’re headed out into the woods, don’t forget that rifle hunting season started yesterday. Wearing blaze orange and leaving your dog at home would be very, very good ideas.

Have a great day today!


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