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If you’re looking for nice weather today while you play, head out this morning or early afternoon. A cold front moves in late in the afternoon, dragging more clouds and showers into the Gorge. As the cold front moves in, we should see some very gusty and short-lived west winds in the 12-17 range moving quickly from Stevenson out to Arlington, possibly before dark, and possibly not.
If it does get windy near Hood River, remember that the Event Site is closed until Sunday for the AWSI trade show.
We’ll probably wake up to rain tomorrow morning, with a break in the showers midday before another rainy system moves into the Northwest. It doesn’t look like we’ll see any wind on Saturday, so it’s going to be a good day for standup paddling or road biking between the weather systems.
As of yesterday afternoon, it was still pretty dusty in Post Canyon and on the other trails, but if we get enough rain Friday night, it’s going to be excellent mountain biking for the rest of the weekend. And if we don’t get enough Friday night, we’ll get enough rain on Saturday to knock down the dust.
If you like Cyclocross, don’t forget about the Hood River Doublecross race at the Hood River High School on Saturday and the Fairgrounds on Sunday. There’s also a cyclocross swap meet on Sunday, if you need more gear.
Boaters, the White Salmon is right around 1.7 feet and the Tieton is fluctuating between 1850 and 1900 cfs. That’s as good as it’s been so far, so if you can head there, go for it! If you can’t, the Kayak Shed’s shop paddle is Saturday Although there’s rain in the forecast for the next few days, it does look like the heaviest rain will be confined to the coast range, with measurements in inches there and quarter inches in the Gorge. So, start sending your brains waves into the storm to get us more water so we can start running some more rivers!
Have a great day today!