First off, I’d like to wish a happy 21st birthday to 2nd Wind’s rockstar employee Claire Snelling! I’d tell you to swing by the shop and sing to her, but she’s not working today. She’s a big slacker. Swing by her birthday party at the British Pub starting at 8:30pm tonight. Her favorite drink is Maker’s Mark on the rocks, and she also likes vodka tonics, but her favorite drink is a Strongbow.
In wind news, it was light this morning, despite a .08 west gradient across the Cascades. I’m going to call 18-22 today, despite the heat in both Portland and Hood River, but a switch to southerly upper flow later today will really complicate the picture. As upper low turns southerly today, there’s a chance of increasing clouds and humidity, along with some thunderstorms this afternoon. Honestly just about anything can happen when thunderstorms build, so the best approach today is to take a wait-and-see attitude on the wind.
If you’re a very strong swimmer, there’s an event for you this morning. Meet at the east end of the Hood River Inn at 730am today for a swim under the Hood River Bridge. If you are not an extremely strong swimmer, don’t even think about showing up.
An upper low off the California coast turns upper flow quite southerly tonight and allows the heat low to shift east.. Marine clouds move into Portland tomorrow morning, and low level flow turns westerly. The wind doesn’t look strong, but westerlies will blow in the 13-17 range tomorrow.
On Tuesday, the heat low in the desert combines with a solid marine push into Portland for stronger west winds.
Coming up sometime this afternoon or evening, the finishers of the Race Across Oregon bike race roll into the Hood River Inn. The solo riders will have done 522 miles over the last couple of days, so head down there to cheer them across the finish line and to see what someone looks like after riding 522 miles in 36 hours.
Boaters, the White Salmon’s at 2 ¼ feet and the Klickitat’s right around 1100 cfs. As soon as the White Salmon drops a little more, Wet Planet will start running the upper section in rafts. That’s going to be super rad, so stay tuned for that update.
Stay cool today, and have a great day!
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