Friday: another windy weekend! Then some heat!

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 August 23, 2019

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Today’s Gorge Wind – these are ranges for the average speed, not a predicted wind range. =)
Your favorite beach Dawn
Rooster Rock incoming weather outgoing buns
Steven’s Locks LTW 5-8 13-16 G21-24
Swell-Hood River LTW 5-8 13-16 G21-24
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena LTW 5-8 10-13 G21-24
Rufus, etc. LTW LTW LTW 10-13
Roosevelt & Arlington LTW LTW LTW 10-13

Gorge Wind Forecast

It’s Friday morning, and not much is happening pre-dawn in the Gorge today. Westerlies will pick up this afternoon. The weekend looks windier, with Sunday being the steadier of the two days. Saturday will likely require you to drive away from the Corridor if you’re looking for stronger and/or steadier wind.

For Friday, small morning gradients – 0.03 and 0.02 – indicate a slow start is on tap, probably a good thing with the temp hovering around 50 degrees. We’ll see light and variable wind for the first few hours with a slow build to 13-16 from Stevenson to Mosier early afternoon. A trough of low pressure moves this way mid-afternoon, and that will give the wind a nudge upward. Most likely scenario is gusty 21-24 from Stevenson to Avery after 5pm, but this is the sort of setup where we could see the “+” come into play.

Saturday morning brings low pressure over the area. A front formerly scheduled to move through Friday night will move through during the first half of Saturday. That’s not a good setup for the Corridor; you’ll want to shift yourself eastward for the steadier wind. That said… the day starts with gusty 19-23 from Viento to Mosier with 12-15 near Stevenson and farther east. Mid-level clouds move into the western Gorge by late morning. While we may see an hour or two of up-and-down 23-26 from Viento to Hood River before the wind falls back into the 19-23 range, the more consistent wind will be east. Head to the Rowena to Roosevelt launches for afternoon westerlies at 26-29.

Sunday looks like that Classic Gorge Setup thing. I expect reality may outperform the models, and I’ve increased my Sunday guess in response. Morning westerlies start at 20-23 with partly cloudy sky Hood River westward. The wind builds to 25-28 from Stevenson to The Dalles with 5-10 at Roosevelt and 13-16 for the Maryhill stretch. Monday looks like a transition day – we may see early westerlies, but we’re going to see a switch to easterlies and hot weather for the first half of next week. Models are unclear on how hot or how windy, so no predictions yet.

COAST, JONES, SAUVIE’S: Coast (north/central/south, wind N unless otherwise specified – swell forecast courtesy of National Weather Service). Friday: 10-15/15-20/30-35, NW swell 4′ at 9 seconds. Saturday: NW5-10/NW5-10/N25-30, NW 5′ @ 10. Sunday: 15-20/25-30/30-40, NW 6′ @ 11. Jones Friday: 7-10. Saturday: 7 -10. Sunday: 12-15. Sauvie’s Friday: 10-13. Saturday: 7-10. Sunday: 12-15. Keep an eye out for stronger wind at Sauvie’s Monday and Tuesday.

Hood River Weather Forecast

Clear sky this morning will have a few high clouds mixed in at times. Temps will be near 50 early and in the mid 80’s later. Light wind most of the day. Moderate in the evening. No rainbows. Saturday starts out clear and then turns partly cloudy. Temps will be near 60 early and in the mid 70’ls later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Sunday starts partly cloudy and turns clear. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and upper 70’s later. Moderate to strong westerlies. No rainbows. Hotter weather is in store next week.

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Road and Mountain Biking

For road bikers: chip seal along Highway 30 from Mosier eastward just had a layer of sticky oil added to the top. Reports are that it could use some time to cure before it’s good for biking. Riorden Hill Road will remain closed from the end of the pavement to Family Man weekdays through the beginning of September. That means associated trails are also closed weekdays for that time period (Family Man, Middle School, Float On). The kids bike race is still on this Saturday morning at Family Man. As for Kreps/SDS lands, no word since the rain… they haven’t issued a closure yet!

All other trails are open – I received confirmation of Huffman Peak too. Apparently Boulder Lakes is quite overgrown. Whoopdee is closed for logging, but Ronnoc trail and the climb out are open. Red Hill Road is supposedly closed for logging. Ride at your own risk. If you’re riding Underwood, please do not park at the trailhead as per request by SDS. Continue past the trailhead 0.5 miles or so to the new parking area. The cows are off Hospital Hill, which means your dog can come along.

Upcoming Events

Today’s events start with the 7am kickstand Coffee run in Hood River, where jogging or walking 4 miles gets you a rainbow sprinkle donut and a cup of coffee. The Wasco County Fair is happening all day. Free music is happening tonight at Kickstand, Slopeswell, Double Mountain and Volcanic as part of the Music Festival of the Gorge, a fundraiser benefiting local music programs. The event continues from 12-9 tomorrow at Hood River’s Waterfront Park.

Also tomorrow – a bird walk with Ron, not Ken, at Steigerwald Wildlife refuge at 7am and a bat walk at 7:30pm. The Hood River Saddle club has Meet a Horse Day tomorrow, the King and Queen of the Hook Longboard Freestyle contest is at the Hook tomorrow from 5 to 8 – music with the Hapa Hillbillies at 6pm – and the movie Ralph Breaks the Internet plays at Sorosis Park tomorrow night. On Sunday, the Cooper Spur Alpine Team has a kids mountain bike race at Family Man. You can sign up on their website. Sunday’s also the mushroom festival at Mt. Hood Meadows.

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Have an awesome day today!