Friday: Clouds and moderate westerlies. Good gardening weather!

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 May 18, 2018

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Today’s Gorge Wind – these are ranges for the average speed, not a predicted wind range. =)
Your favorite beach Dawn
Steven’s Locks 10-13 13-16 16-19 16-19
Hatchery/Wunderbar 10-13 13-16 16-19 16-19
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 10-13 10-13 10-13 10-13
Rufus, etc. strong current 5-10 5-10
Roosevelt, etc. 10-13 10-13 5-10 5-10

Gorge Wind Forecast

The general picture for Friday and Saturday is more clouds and less wind than we’ve had for the last few days. That’s in part due to atmospheric dynamics. Stabilization on Sunday morning will give us stronger, steadier westerlies. Monday’s a little trickier, with models disagreeing on the extent of the wind as well as the strength.

For Friday, you can look out the window and see varying clouds layers. Those are a sign of “things” that will impact wind quality. At 7am, we had a gradient of .07 (pdx-dls), which should be enough to get the wind into the upper teens. That said, the GFS drops the wind speeds as the day goes on. My preference, and thus my forecast, is fro 10-13 this morning everywhere and gusty 16-19 this afternoon from Stevenson to The Dalles. River temp is 54 degrees. Flow is 507kcfs.

Lots of clouds circulate around on Saturday as atmospheric instability increases. This will make the wind gusty all day long. Expect 13-16 from Viento to Swell early in the morning with 18-23 from Stevenson to The Dalles in the afternoon. Gusty is the operative word on Saturday.

Forecasts currently have a wee bit of an inversion on Sunday morning. That will contribute to stronger, steadier west wind. Models basically agree on dawn patrol at 20-23 from Mosier to The Dalles. From late morning on, according to the GFS, westerlies will be 27-31 form Stevenson to The Dalles. Models disagree on the location of the wind on Monday, but it does look like we’ll have at least mid 20’s, at least from Swell to Doug’s.

Random Morning Thoughts

The random morning thoughts are currently on vacation!

Mt. Hood Mountain Weather Forecast

mostly cloudy sky Friday. Free air freezing level (FAF) 10,000′. Wind: NE 10 in the morning fading to light and variable after midnight. Mostly cloudy Saturday morning with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. FAF: 9000′-10,000′. Light and variable wind early and SW 10-15 in the afternoon and evening. Partly cloudy all day Sunday. FAF 10,000′ early and 12,000′ in the afternoon. S 15 early, variable to 10 in the afternoon, SE 10 overnight.

Gorge Weather Forecast

partly cloudy sky Friday morning gives way to mostly cloudy sky Friday afternoon. Temps will be int eh upper 50’s early and low 70’s in the afternoon. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Saturday looks mostly cloudy in the morning and partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms over the Cascades in the afternoon. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and mid 70’s in the afternoon. Moderate westerlies. 2% chance of rainbows. Sunday looks partly cloudy and humid. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and mid 70’s in the afternoon. Strong westerlies. No rainbows.

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Road and Mountain Biking

The 44 Trails Association is reporting that Knebal, Eightmile and Bottle Prairie are open. Surveyor’s still has trees down. Lake Branch Road is mostly melted out with a couple of 2-4 minute snowy walks. Other than that, it’s open. Vista Ridge is open. Enjoy your three summits! There are free Devinci bike demos at Dirty Fingers today – 1pm to 7pm.

The Cascadia Dirt Cup is in Post Canyon Saturday, so you’ll want to make other plans. If you volunteer as race support, you’ll be helping the HRATS earn some cash. Hood River County has a work party on the Pinemont Loop next Saturday.

Upcoming Events

Today’s events start with donuts and coffee for anyone completing the 4 mile jog at Kickstand Coffee in Hood River at 7am. Mountain View cycles has a group mountain bike ride that leaves the shop at 5 tonight. Tomorrow’s the Cascadia Dirt Cup in Post Canyon – you’ll want to ride far away from there, or perhaps take the day to volunteer and help the local trails organization earn some cash.

There’s a plant sale tomorrow featuring exotic local plants raised by local gardeners in White Salmon starting at 8am. If you don’t have cash, there’s a plant swap at Rockford Grange on from 2-5. Hood River County has a trail work party at the Pinemont Loop on Saturday at 9am. There’s a swap meet at Windance on Sunday from 7 to noon.

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Have an awesome day today!