9/9 forecast

Posted by
 September 9, 2010

Good morning!

This week’s report is brought to you by 2nd Wind Sports at 210 Oak Street in Hood River. Right now the shop’s in nether-nether land between wind season and ski season, meaning you can’t consign your wind gear until next summer, but you can score some great deals on this season’s gear. And since it’s fall and the snow is already flying in the mountains, 2nd Wind has some killer deals on last year’s skis. The new skis and boards will be coming in very, very soon. At this rate, we’ll be skiing next week (okay, maybe not…), so start thinking skiing and snowboarding!

The upper level low that drove the weather for the last few days has moved east of the Cascades today, setting up westerly gradients across the Gorge. The 5am gradient was at .08 from Portland to The Dalles, with another .04 out east. It looks like weak high pressure will be building in from the coast today, so that should help gradients build later. Morning westerlies will be in the 12-17 range, building in the afternoon. We’ll see gusty 19-23 from Stevenson to Mosier, with 25-29 from Lyle out to Arlington.

Weak high pressure bridges the Cascades tomorrow, setting up a light start. With a little thermal help in the afternoon, westerlies should pick up into the 14-18 range from Stevenson to Mosier.

Out on the mountain biking trails, Mitchell of Dirty Fingers has issued a tack alert for the greater Hood River area. If you like to ride on the dirt, it’s nearly perfect right now, so get on your bike, get to Post Canyon, and get your tack on! And don’t forget that tonight is the post and pint… just two left! I don’t have information about the upper elevation trails, but I can only assume they are near-perfect as well.

Boaters, the White Salmon is still at 1 ¾ feet and the Tieton is now at 1800 cfs. Sounds like there might be a crew from the Gorge headed up there this weekend, and if you’re not a kayaker, Wet Planet is running trips up there for just $80!

Have a great day today!


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