Good morning everyone!
First, I’d like to ask everyone to keep Peg Lalor (of the Gorge Games) in their thoughts today. Peg was hit by a car while bike commuting in Calgary yesterday, and is in critical condition. Peg’s a tough gal, and she’s in super good shape, giving her the best chance of survivable possible. So, think good thoughts (I have no idea if thinking good thoughts really helps, but it can’t hurt) about Peg, because she’s an awesome person and we all want her to come out of this okay.
Now, your forecast…
The clouds and sprinkles are back this morning and the wind is light, but it’s going to pick up this afternoon. As this weather system moves east, westerlies pick up behind it. Watch for the clouds to start flying across the sky and then drive east past Rowena for the strongest wind, 24-28 from early afternoon on. From Stevenson to Rowena, we’ll have gusty 16-19.
If you’re in Hood River this evening, it’s sailboat racing night. If you know anything about being on a boat, show up at the marina this evening with a six pack, and you’ll likely get a ride!
High pressure builds at the coast tomorrow for a less gusty, but chillier day on the river. Best wind will be west of Hood River, but it should be steady from Rowena as far east as Arlington starting midday. 26-30 looks reasonable tomorrow.
Models are really having a hard time handling Friday. One model suggests we’ll see almost no wind at all. The other suggests it’s going to be a big west day in the Corridor (that’s everywhere near Hood River). My instinct says it’s going to be w-i-n-d-y at the Hatchery and Sandbar Friday. If not, a sure bet on Friday is the coast, where it’ll be 30+ from Florence south and 20+ from Lincoln City to Florence with a 7-9 foot west swell. At this point, it’s looking a little light on the north coast for windsurfing, but we can hope…
If you’re looking for biking today, try Syncline or a trail off the 44 road where the soil drains better than post, although if the rain stops early, upper Post should be rideable by this evening. Thanks to Mike and Mitchell, Knebal is clear of trees. And thanks to the forest service Falls Creek is now open from top to bottom, although given the low snow levels tonight, there might be a trace of new at the top tomorrow.
On the rivers, the Hood’s at 5.1 feet, the White Salmon’s near 4.25 feet, and the Klickitat’s at 2960 cfs. If you’re interested in rafting the class V Wind River, Wet Planet is running a trip on Saturday. Shoots… I have two rafting invites this weekend now. What do I do? =)
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Have a great day today!