I woke up late again this morning after spending last night at the PDX Kayaker film festival in Portland. I was thinking of taking another day off from forecasting, but then I looked at the wind models for the next couple of days.
There’s a .13 gradient from Portland to The Dalles this morning, which is really strange given that we’re under a static warm front. I’m not sure I can make an accurate wind forecast for today, given the weird setup. Keep an eye on the readings and see what happens. If the clouds clear up, it’s going to be in the twenties in the Corridor with upper twenties out east. I know that’s not very helpful, but this is a strange setup.
Tomorrow, however, looks very, very windy. A strong upper low moves across southern BC, the warm front exits stage east, and high pressure builds in quickly at the coast. Nuclear force west winds hammer the Gorge tomorrow. It looks like you’ll be able to rig your smallest sail anywhere from the Narrows, through the Corridor, all the way out to Boardman. Of course I have made an appointment for 1:45, which I am now going to have to change.
As for the mountain, I’m guessing that a decision is hinging on what happens with the storm that’s forecast for Wednesday and Thursday. At this point, it looks like the storm will start out as rain and turn to snow. With a foot or more out of that storm (meaning if we get lucky), and more snow forecast for Friday and Saturday (before cold, dry high pressure builds in next week), there’s a pretty good we’ll see some ski areas opening up.
Have an awesome day today!
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