8/4 Gorge wind and events

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 August 4, 2012

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Tomorrow’s forecast status: 7:55am. Thanks for the donations, guys!

First off, if you were hoping to check out the Bridge of the Gods amateur contest, you’ll have to postpone the fun until August 18th or 19th, because the contest organizers took one look at the wind forecast and postponed their event.

We had light east wind yesterday, and the east wind will continue today. You can expect 15-18 today at Stevenson with 17-20 at Rooster Rock. Tomorrow starts off with east wind at 10-15 at Stevenson and Rooster, switching to light west wind late in the evening, really too late for kiting and windsurfing. It’s also going to be f**king hot, with temps in the mid-nineties today and low nineties tomorrow, with humidity tomorrow accompanying the heat. Make sure you check Hood River Weather for the heat index, and take some time to complain about the weather in the chat room.

Tomorrow’s late west push will be the result of a temperature gradient related to an upper level low sitting off the coast. A more interesting result of that ULL’s location will be S-SW flow in the upper atmosphere, giving us a chance for thunderstorms. Hot thunderstorms. Dry thunderstorms. Thunderstorms that mean lightning strikes on timber-dry forests. Cross your fingers that this doesn’t happen, and in the meantime, if you’re in a fire-prone area, mow your perimeter today.

That ULL will be off the coast on Monday, convection all day and another, stronger, chance for thunderstorms on Monday evening. As the ULL moves inland Tuesday, the convection fires up again. This could put us under SE flow, which would send the bulk over the storms over the HR Valley. On a more positive note, Monday and Tuesday sunrises should be spectacular.

The wind forecast is iffy with the convection. Light wind Monday morning picks up to gusty 16-19 late. Tuesday looks light early, picking up to 15-18 late. Wind quality will be horrendous, and wind speeds will be affected by the unstable atmosphere. Wednesday looks very windy, as the ULL finally moves inland.

For those of you contemplating the coast, only the very north coast will happen today, with 15-18 and a 5 foot swell at 8 seconds. Tomorrow looks cloudy out there, with light south wind.

So what to do today? Some whitewater rafting or kayaking or tubing might be a good call. The White Salmon is at a nice level, around 2.75′ and the Klickitat’s at 1150cfs. The White Salmon’s about 42 degrees, so maybe the Klickitat is a good place to spend the day. Or the Columbia, now at 67 degrees. Or the swimming hole at the Hood. Or punchbowl. Or the Mosier swimming hole. Or Memaloose. Or the new sandbar at the mouth of the White Salmon…

For tonight, Pfriem Brewery’s opening party runs from 2-11 with my friends’ band Smudgepot playing from 5-7 and other music all afternoon and evening. 707 Portway down by the Waterfront Park. Also tonight, the movie Secretariat plays at Movies in the Park, Hood River (Jackson Park), with a visit from the real Secretariat at 5:30, long before the movie starts, but just in time for you to have a picnic with the family.

Have an awesome day today!