Friday. Smoke, wind and rain.

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 August 11, 2017

Today’s Gorge Wind – these are ranges for the average speed, not a predicted wind range. =)
Your favorite beach Dawn
Rooster Rock late summer brown buns
Steven’s Locks 10-13 14-18 21-26 21-26
Hatchery/Wunderbar 18-22 21-26 21-26 21-26
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 10-13 13-18 21-26 21-26
Rufus, etc. 10-13 10-13 13-18 21-26
Roosevelt, etc. 5-10 5-10 5-10 10-13



Gorge Wind Forecast

It’s so delightful to start off with a nice westerly breeze along with the smoke and humidity! Today’s big picture is a ridge shifting east, a trough approaching, weak high pressure offshore, and strong low pressure in the desert. We also have increasing atmospheric instability as the day goes on. Combating all those negatives is the .12 (pdx-dls) 7am gradient, a good start to the day. Flow is a measly 118kcfs and river temp is 71 degrees.

We’ll see westerlies in the 18-22 range between Viento and Hood River early with 10-13 at most other locations. As all those previously mentioned “things” happen today, the wind will pick up to inconsistent 21-26 between Cascade Locks and Doug’s Beach. Rufus will likely join in after 5pm. That’s a big range of wind. The wind will likely be strongest and most consistent after noon at Stevenson, with the next likely spots being those near Hood River and also possibly Avery late in the day. If thunderstorms do fire off, this forecast is null and void. =)

Looking at tomorrow, a deep marine layer pushes in to the western half of the state and a weak cold front approaches over the Pacific. We’ll see a 10 degree high temp drop tomorrow and far less smoke. The first will contribute to the wind. The second will contribute to your enjoyment of said wind. Expect rangy, inconsistent (especially in the afternoon) westerlies at 26-31 all day. Morning wind will be from Hood River (Swell is questionable depending on the marine clouds) to Arlington. As the clouds burn back (if they do!), Stevenson will join in. If not, areas west of Swell will stay in the 17-20 range. It’s possibly we’ll see periods of 30-35 on Saturday near Doug’s Beach. Given the fact that there’s a front approaching in the afternoon, I’d like to amend this to say that there’s a chance everything could fall apart in the afternoon at locations other than Stevenson, Doug’s, and Avery. Get out early for the best results.

Sunday looks quite interesting as sounding models suggest clouds all day in Hood River along with another 10 degree high temp drop. So, you’re definitely driving east for the best results on Sunday. The forecast currently looks like 15-18 east of Mosier in the morning with 21-24 east of Mosier in the afternoon. Clouds areas of the Gorge will be in the 12-16 range. It’s going to be so exciting to have clouds and rain that you might even want to try getting in the water in the rainy zone, just for fun!


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Jones, Sauvie’s, Coast Beta Test Forecast

Jones Friday: 10-13. Saturday: 12-15. Sunday: no. Sauvie’s Friday: 10-13. Saturday: 10-13. Sunday: no. Coast (north/central/south). Friday: no/no/no, NW swell 3′ at 8 seconds. Saturday: no/no/15-20, NW swell 3′ @ 7 seconds. Sunday: 10-15/5-10/15-20+, NW 3′ @ 10.

Random Morning Thoughts

I’m a big fan of the New York Times’ Modern Love and Couch series. In a large part, this is because I am delighted when authors find ways to use words to pull my emotions to the surface. I’m amazed when 500-words-or-less cause tears to roll down my cheeks. In service of your daily cry, I’m sharing this short piece of nonfiction with you. May you make friends with your feelings. Have an awesome day.

Disclaimer required by my grad school program: I am not your therapist (but I could be 27 graduate school credits from now). I am your weather forecaster. Take everything I say with a grain of salt, and consult with your actual therapist about your mental health issues. One other thing: I plan to keep doing this forecast indefinitely, even when I am a therapist.

Gorge Weather Forecast

It’s another smoky, muggy morning with particulate matter of 60 (not buying it) and dewpoint of 61 (sure seems right to me). Temps will near 90 this afternoon with a chance of thunderstorms over the Cascades this evening. Moderate west wind. .05% chance of rainbows. Open all your windows tonight, as Saturday morning brings marine air and temps in the low 60’s. The high Saturday will only be in the low 80’s, FUCK YEAH. Strong wind. 1% chance of rainbows. Sunday morning looks cloudy and showery. Heck, Sunday afternoon looks cloudy. Temps will be near 60 early (open windows) and near 75 in the afternoon (windows finally stay open all day). Moderate wind. No rainbows. Bye-bye smoke!

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White Sprinter Van of the Day


Road and Mountain Biking

Whoopdee, Hospital Hill, and all other SDS and Kreps lands are closed from today on through the end of fire season. That’s when “significant rain” falls and the fire danger is considered over. Also currently closed: Dethman Ridge Road at Odell Creek and Highway 30 at Chenoweth Bridge. The second one has a bypass for bikes and pedestrians in place along The Dalles waterfront trail.

Upcoming Events

It’s Friday morning, and every Friday at 7, Kickstand Coffee in Hood River will give you a free cup of coffee and a donut for walking or jogging 4 miles. Other events include the Perseid meteor shower, best after midnight tonight and tomorrow in the northern sky. There’s a swap meet at Luhr Jensen tomorrow morning and the King of the Hook freestyle contest tomorrow event. The Post Canyon 50k ultramarathon is tomorrow, and the Bridge of the Gods footrace is Sunday morning.

Also this weekend: a free half-day meditation retreat at Yoga Samadhi tomorrow at 1 and the Neon Classic Drag Races in Dallesport on Sunday. There are Gorge Cup windsurfing races Saturday and Sunday at the Event Site in Hood River.
Click here for the full events calendar.

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

The Mt. Hood snow forecast is currently on vacation. It will stay on vacation until I deem it to be close enough to winter that we need a Mt. Hood snow forecast. Be safe out there on the snow this summer!

Have an awesome day today!