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Tomorrow’s forecast status: Thank you for the donations! (3:19pm)
Enjoy today’s nice weather while you can, because tomorrow’s the hot day, with temperatures around 95 degrees here in the Gorge. As I wrote this report, it was 69 in my house and 59 outside, so I’ve got all the doors and windows open (2 of each) trying to cool this place down in time for the hot spell. We’ll get a bit of a break in the heat on Sunday, with highs near 90, but more humid weather will make it feel just as hot late in the day.
We won’t get much wind this weekend to make the heat more bearable. Last night was the last of the west wind, and we’ll see light wind this morning, slowly picking up to east 14-17 at Stevenson and Rooster this afternoon. Tomorrow brings east wind at 13-15 in Stevenson in the morning with 18-21 at Rooster, with calm to light wind everywhere else. Sunday starts off calm, with west wind picking up to 10-13 late in the afternoon or early in the evening. The long term forecast shows light wind Monday and then strong westerlies Tuesday and Wednesday.
If you are down in Stevenson, remember that it’s Sportbike Northwest. Keep your eyes open for motorcycles on the road and bars full of sportbike enthusiasts.
For you farmers and storm watchers out there, watch out for a chance of thunderstorms late Sunday night, as upper flow turns southeast and moisture moves into the upper atmosphere from the south.
In events, we have First Friday in Hood River today, with fun times on Oak Street. Make sure you swing by the British Pub for the Throwdown for Theo, a fundraiser for a young kiteboarder who was paralyzed last year. **Updated 3:30pm: Bridge of the Gods amateur event has been postponed until August 18th-19th**. Tomorrow is the real grand opening party at Prfiem Brewery.
Finally, the outdoor movie forecast: ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ plays at Cascade Locks Movies in the Park Friday, and ‘Secretariat’, with a visit from Secretariat the horse at 5:30pm, plays at Hood River Movies in the park Saturday.
Have an awesome day today!