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It’s a cool and cloudy morning, but the west winds will blow again today. The low clouds were just past Hood River early, and they’ll fill in a little more this morning. Wind this morning will be in the 22-25 range from Mosier to Maryhill. As the low pressure trough along the coast moves east, winds build into the 24-28 range, filling in from the Hatchery all the way east to Arlington. Depending on the timing of high pressure building behind the trough, we could see a period of very strong wind near Hood River today.
High pressure builds across the Cascades tonight, leaving us with very weak west gradients tomorrow morning. It may blow in the 5-10 range early tomorrow morning, before slowly dying and leaving us with glassy conditions by midday, for excellent wakeboarding and waterskiing.
High pressure builds east of the Cascades on Tuesday and a heat low sets up over the coast and the Willamette Valley, for east winds. Tuesday morning easterlies blow in the 23-26 range before fading in the afternoon. By Wednesday, west winds return.
If you’re up early today, there’s the Sunday Sicko Swim, leaving the east end of the Hood River Inn at 7:30. If you’re a strong swimmer, join these crazies for a swim to the middle of the Columbia, under the bridge, and back to the event Site.
Boaters, the White Salmon’s just under two feet and the Klickitat’s getting low at 772 cfs. Cross your fingers for some rain (well, after they pick all the peaches and cherries, but not before)!
Have a great day today!
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