Happy July Forecast

Good morning Gorge sun worshippers!

Break out your sunscreen and bikini and your cooler of cold beverages, because the first heat wave of the summer is here. Gorge westerlies give up the ghost for the next few days, crushed under the oppressive power of 95 degree air. Kiters, windsurfers, and wind forecasters can rest their weary bodies. Everyone else can enjoy the Gorge’s fabulous beaches, wind free!

Don’t think you get to sit around in the freezing cold, air-conditioned, Hood River post office chatting with the friendly employees – instead, you windsport people are going to do something else… unless you want to drive to Florence, where it’s 25-30 today and 20-25 tomorrow, with a head-high swell.

And now on to way-too-technologically advanced section of the forecast:

There might be enough east winds at rooster or Stevenson for some kiting or slalom sailing the next few days. Check wind-on-the-water dot com for free windspeeds. If you find wind, tweet about it. Add hastag Gorgewind so everyone else can find it.

Most likely it’s just going to be perfect standup paddle and wakeboard weather the next few days.

Otherwise, road biking is always super fun in the early mornings. Make yourself ride somewhere to get a morning cup of coffee. This is good in two ways. First, you’ll be too asleep to notice the workout on the way to the coffeeshop. Second, you’ll be wide awake and caffeine-powered on the way home.

Whatever you do today, have an awesome day!


6.30 Forecast

Good morning everyone. I have to say, the 27 reading at the Hatchery this morning caught me by surprise. I was expecting winds to be way off early. Good thing I got up to do the radio report instead of guessing last night.

We’re starting to put together onsite reporting via twitter. So, you tweeps, if you want to tweet from your favorite beach, please add #gorgewind to your message. Spread the word, and thanks!

If you want river time today, get it early. As of this morning, models were showing a gradual shift to northerly flow this afternoon. That will tune down windspeeds and turn direction northerly. Even so, we had dawn patrol this with a .14 gradient and mid twenties in the corridor. Watch for 26-30 this morning with a gradual fade towards afternoon

Light winds this evening should make for a good stand-up paddle session. All women are welcome to try out standup free on Tuesday nights. Just give Big Winds a call to sign up.

With upper flow more northerly, and even a bit offshore tomorrow, east winds will pick up. Highs near 90 in Portland over the next couple of days keep the easterlies blowing. We’ll have 22-26 at Stevenson and at Rooster tomorrow, Thursday, and possibly Friday as well.

Those easterly gradients will give you a great opportunity for windless gorge road biking. Get out early, because highs near ninety will make the pavement riding pretty hot the next few afternoons.

If you’re a woman looking for a mountain bike ride, join the Dirty Divas on Thursday for a lap around hospital hill. Meet at Discover bikes at 8:45 Thursday morning. Also on Thursday is the Post and Pint ride. Meet a Dirty Fingers at 5:30 Thursday evening. Maybe there should be a prize if you do both…

Whatever you do today, have an awesome day.