8/20 forecast

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 August 20, 2010

Good morning!

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It’s going to be another windy day on the river today, but not quite as windy as yesterday’s epic session. The 5am gradient was at .09 from Portland to The Dalles and clouds were stacked up west of Hood River. We’ll see a steady build this morning into the 25-28 range from Viento to Mosier by midday. The wind should hold at the Hatchery until late afternoon before shifting out to Lyle and Doug’s. Wind further east will be in the mid to upper teens today.

If you’re beat up today, swing by Columbia Gorge Community Acupuncture at 208 4th in Hood River for a free acupuncture session between 10am and 3pm. Give a call to 399-3169 for more information or to schedule a time. You know how I love free stuff – it always makes it into the report!

Coming up this weekend, we’ll have more west wind. As an upper trough builds along the coast during the day Saturday, a deep marine push will keep Portland buried in clouds all day long. That should keep westerlies from Hood River to Maryhill, possibly even Arlington, in the upper twenties on Saturday.

On Sunday, that trough shifts east of the Cascades, for another big wind day on the river. It looks like it’s going to be cool and cloudy in the western Gorge Sunday, with a chance of rain, so the strongest, steadiest wind is going to be well east of Hood River.

Off the water on Saturday, there’s a CPR class through CGWA. Give them a call at 386-9225 for more information. Also on Saturday, late in the afternoon, it’s Northwave’s annual customer appreciation barbeque. Show up for a fun evening of food and music. And looking ahead to next weekend, it’s the Bigfoot Bash and Bounty in Home Valley.

Boaters, the White Salmon’s hovering just below 2 feet and the Klickitat’s at 788 cfs. Cross your fingers for some significant rain from the incoming storm. How cool would that be? Coming up on September 11th, there’s a rafting race on the White Salmon River. Details here: http://www.nwrafting.com/white-salmon. If you’d like to volunteer – and it should be quite fun to watch – drop a note to zach@nwrafting.com.

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Have a great day today!


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