Friday-Saturday: a becalmed weekend and a windy start to next week!

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 July 19, 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 clouds above buns below
Steven’s Locks 7-10 14-17 17-20 20-23
Swell-Hood River 14-17 17-20 20-23 20-23
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 7-10 14-17 17-20 20-23
Rufus, etc. 20-23 20-23 14-17 10-13
Roosevelt & Arlington 10-13 10-13 5-10 5-10

Gorge Wind Forecast

With a ridge of high pressure in place over the Northwest for the next three days, the wind will be a little easier to predict, if not all that exciting. Stronger westerlies return with the approach of a trough on Sunday night. That sets us up for a couple of Wind Emergencies on Monday and Tuesday.

Friday will be sunny and clear, and upper flow will switch around to the NW. Morning gradients are a good sign for the rest of the day: .07 pdx-dls and .06 dls-psc. Offshore high pressure is 1031mb this morning. Combine those signs for a solid westerly day. We’ll have 14-17 for Dawn Patrol from Viento to Moiser with 10-13 most other locations. While models aren’t predicting much today, I think we’ll see peak winds at 20-23 from Stevenson to Swell today. While the eastern Gorge may see a bump in the morning, it’s probably going to fade out there as the afternoon heats up. Corridor launches will bring the best results today. River flow is 122kcfs and temp is 68 degrees.

High pressure builds solidly over the region tonight into Saturday. Morning wind will turn easterlies at 5-10. A brief surge of 15-20 from Rooster to Viento mid-morning backs off to 5-10 in the afternoon. Sunday starts with light east wind at less than 5mph. That’ll be the forecast for much of the day. Westerlies return mid-afternoon, first at Stevenson and then filling in all the way east around sunset. Timing will be everything, but 18-22 from Stevenson to Arlington seems possible.

On to Monday and Tuesday: 27-31 or more both days. Yay. Wednesday looks like 21-24, but that’s a long ways out to be forecasting. Keep your eyes (and your PTO) on Monday and Tuesday.

COAST, JONES, SAUVIE’S: Coast (north/central/south, wind N unless otherwise specified). Friday: 15-20/25-30/35-40, NW swell 5′ at 9 seconds. Saturday: 25/25/30-35, NW 5′ @ 9. Sunday: 15-20/15-20/25-30, W 3′ @ 9. Jones Friday: 20-23. Saturday: nope. Sunday: 25-29. Sauvie’s Friday-Sunday: 12-15.

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast: on vacation unless needed!


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Hood River Weather Forecast

clear sky this morning sticks around for three days. Humidity will be way down as the dewpoint has dropped about 10 degrees in the last 24 hours. For Friday: low 50’s early, upper 70’s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Saturday will be sunny. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and mid 80’s later. Light easterlies. No rainbows. Sunday looks sunny. Temps will be near 60 early and near 90 later. Light east wind early. Moderate westerlies late in the day. No rainbows.

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Road and Mountain Biking

All local trails are snow-free. The only unconfirmed trail I have right now is Huffman Peak. Apparently Boulder Lakes is quite overgrown. Mt. Margaret still has snow. 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!

Upcoming Events

Today’s Friday, and it’s your weekly chance for free coffee and donut. Show up at Kickstand Coffee in Hood River at 7, jog, walk or run 4 miles, and the coffee and donut are yours.

The Gorge Downwind Champs runs all week, with base camp at the Hood River Waterfront Park. Swing by and check out all the downwind floating objects. The Race Across Oregon, a 625 mile road bike race, kicks off from The Dalles on Saturday. Meadows has the Adventure Van Expo this weekend (Sprinter Vans!!!), and Cascade Locks has sailboat races. Stevenson has the Bridge of the Gods Kitefest under-18 freestyle kiteboarding Friday. The Blowout has been postponed until next weekend. There’s a by-donation meditation retreat at the Underwood Community Center on Sunday with internationally acclaimed teacher Willa Reid.

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Random Morning Thoughts: on vacation.


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Have an awesome day today!