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Yesterday was a bonus windy session for a few people late in the evening. The clouds in Portland stuck around just long enough yesterday to let the desert get a thermal jump and bring the gradients up a bit. With the 5am gradient at .07 today, we’ll see west winds pick up as the sun warms the desert. By midday, westerlies from Stevenson to mosier will blow in the 18-22 range, holding through the evening.
Coming up tomorrow, a deep upper level low rotates off the Oregon and Washington coasts. This system will keep much pressure gradient from building across the Cascades in the morning. As a front swings across the Cascades late in the day tomorrow, gusty west winds will pick up in the 15-19 range. That should set us up for gusty westerlies on Thursday morning too.
Coming up this evening at Columbia Center for the Arts, Jon Turk speaks on deep ecology, ancient wisdoms and high adventure. You’ll hear stories and see several short films featuring lonely seas, frigid tundra and steamy jungles. The show starts at 7pm, and costs $10. And coming up Thursday night, the HD surf movie, Claiming Nelscott Reef, plays at the Hood River Middle School.
Boaters, the White Salmon is still great at 1 ¾ feet, the Klickitat’s running right around 700 cfs or so, and the Tieton is back down around 1700 cfs. We’re supposed to see rain on Friday, so the Klickitat should come up a bit then.
Have a great day today!
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