8/6 Gorge wind, events, and temperature records

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 August 6, 2012

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Tomorrow’s forecast status:

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We set a temperature record in Hood River last night. Highest low temperature ever recorded on this date. The previous record was 67 degrees. We shattered it with a low last night of 72 at HOXO. Combine that with 60% humidity this morning, and it’s a muggy and sticky start to the day.

We’ll see some gusty west wind today to help cool things off, but with southwest flow above, it’s going to be unreliable relief, with up and down westerlies at 15-20 in the Hood River to The Dalles stretch of the river today. I know. Pretty useless wind forecast. It’s pretty useless weather. Upper level low pressure systems off the coast just don’t do much for wind in the Gorge. We’re looking for gradient here, and this just isn’t the right setup.

Thankfully, the lightning storms missed us last night. Rumor has it Bend was intense last night, with a bolt every 5 seconds. That’s terrible news for timber-dry forests. With continuing SW flow, we’ll see another chance for thunderstorms after 2pm tonight and a slight chance late tomorrow night as the low moves east.

Tomorrow looks like a light start as low pressure and high clouds across the region limit winds, but by afternoon, we should see gusty 21-24 from Stevenson to The Dalles as the low starts to move east. Tomorrow night looks quite windy. You can follow that up with 25-29+ on Wednesday near Hood River, filling in to Maryhill in the afternoon. Thursday also looks windy, and should be steadier, as the atmosphere stabilizes.

**Uh… I wrote the coast forecast this morning and forgot to include it. Here it is (1:16pm): For you coast lovers, forget about today and tomorrow, but Wednesday looks like 15-18 from the north coast to Florence, Thursday looks like 21-25 (same) and Friday looks like 25-28+ at the central coast with a little less south and more at Pistol. Unfortunately, the swell map models are showing 3-5′ short-period swell, so there won’t be much in the way of waves to go along with the strong wind. **

Coming up this evening, there’s the Barrett Park appeal meeting at 6pm in Hood River. Also tonight, and probably more fun, is the alternative bike ride leaving Mountain View Cycles for Mosier’s Thirsty Woman at 6:30, and there’s free Tai Chi at Wilson Park in Hood River.

Looking ahead to next weekend, there’s the Wild Woman marathon, 26.2 miles of trail running for women only. Also next weekend, mark your calendars for the Perseid Meteor Shower, with very light interfering moonlight and 60-100 meteors an hour. The best viewing will be the early morning hours of the 11th, 12th and 13th.

Have an awesome day today!