8/20 Gorge wind and events

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 August 20, 2012

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Tomorrow’s forecast status: Because I woke up really late yesterday and because I undercalled it. (But then again, so did everyone else). Thanks for the donations!

Well, yesterday wasn’t my best forecast ever. It was way windier than I thought it would be (I said 25-29, and it blew 30-33, and now I have blisters on my hands), but nobody’s perfect, and we’ll just get on with today’s forecast. Except that today’s setup is very similar to yesterday’s, with an upper low off the coast and high pressure centered off the coast of northern California. I’m not really sure what to make of it.

Today will be less windy than yesterday, which is not saying much, but it’s a starting point. The gradient at 5am was .10 from Portland-The Dalles, which would normally give us 17-20. The Hatch was 23 at 5am. With a .10 gradient to start and clouds in Portland, we should see increasing wind, at least until those clouds burn off early afternoon. So, I’ll go with 23-26 today from Hood River to Mosier early, filling in to Stevenson and Doug’s in the afternoon. It should be pretty steady this morning. Depending on what time a weather feature approaches the coast in the afternoon, we could see the wind get gusty and fade everywhere but Stevenson late in the day.

Tomorrow looks super windy, right from the get-go, as strong high pressure off the coast combines with low pressure in the desert for a day that’ll blow away anything that’s not tied down. The strongest wind tomorrow depends on where the cloud line ends up, but Doug’s and Rowena and probably Maryhill are sure things in the afternoon for 33-38, while the rest of the Gorge sees 30+ for much of the day. The only place with less wind might be Stevenson, where cloudy skies will keep wind in the low twenties or less.

One thing to mention about tomorrow is that there’s a low pressure trough moving across the region in the morning. Timing is everything, and earlier would be better, to keep the gusties out of the wind when we’re awake and playing.

If you don’t like wind, this is not your week, as the westerlies continue through Friday.

If you’re using Dead Point Road to access recreation areas, here’s a heads up that it will be closed between now and the end of August for bridge repairs. For more information, you can contact the Hood River County Forestry Department where Doug and Ellen and Henry and the rest of the gang will be happy to chat with you.

Finally, tonight’s events are Free Tai Chi at Wilson Park in Hood River and the Alternative Bike Ride going to Mosier from Mountain View Cycles at 6:30.

Have an awesome day today!