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A deep upper level low is drifting off the Oregon coast today, and that’s negating pressure gradients across the Cascades this morning. As a front swings off that low late in the afternoon, we’ll see west winds pick up a bit. Very gusty 17-21, maybe a bit stronger, seems like a reasonable call, filling in first at Stevenson mid-afternoon, then quickly pushing east to Lyle and Rufus and Arlington towards sunset.
Thursday looks like a great day for fishing or standup paddling,as the wind stays light. A strong system breaks off from the low on Friday, probably bringing some westerlies to the Gorge, but certainly bringing at least a little rain.
If you’re ready for a break from the Gorge, it’s Round-up time in Pendleton. Tickets to stadium events are sold out for Friday and Saturday, but you can still get in and see some action today and tomorrow!
If you’re working today, there are a couple of fun things going on tonight. The Kayak Shed’s shop paddle meets in Husum at 5:30 – there’s a BBQ at Scott’s house on Northwestern Lake after the paddle – and there are sailboat races out of the Hood River Marina tonight too.
Coming up tomorrow night, Claiming Nelscott Reef plays at the Hood River Middle School with a pre-show slideshow of surf photography by local Richard Hallman. $8 gets you in the door. Also tomorrow evening, it’s the next-to-last Post and Pint ride of the season, so come join Mitchell and his cronies for a lap in Post Canyon.
Have a great day today!
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