Memorial Day: how about a week of westerlies?

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 May 27, 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 crowds naked & proud
Steven’s Locks 5-10 16-19 25-29 25-29
Swell-Hood River 5-10 16-19 25-29 20-25
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 5-10 16-19 25-29 25-29
Rufus, etc. 5-10 16-19 25-29 25-29
Roosevelt & Arlington 5-10 5-10 10-13 13-16

Gorge Wind Forecast

It’s Monday, and it’s the first day in a long stretch of moderate to strong west wind. Hopefully you’re in shape for whatever your wind sport is, because you’re going to need your endurance to make it through the next seven days.

For Monday, we start with westerlies at 5-10 everywhere except always-windy Viento, where you’ll find 15-18. Gradients at 6am were .06 and .03, a signal that the western Gorge is probably where it’s at. River flow is 253kcfs (fine for Rufus) and temp is 55 degrees. Offshore high pressure today combines with low pressure in the desert for westerlies that climb to 25-29 from Stevenson to Rufus. 10-13 east of there. Expect some gustiness and lack of reliability mid-to-late afternoon as thunderheads build north of the Columbia. Best bet: late morning to early afternoon.

Tuesday: Dawn Patrol will happen, but the location depends on the extent of the marine layer. We’ll have 26-29 from (guessing) Hood River to Doug’s (maybe Viento and Swell). Jump on it, because the afternoon looks less reliable. The odd spots, Stevenson, maybe Doug’s, and Avery hold at 26-29. Other locations, including launches as far east as Arlington, end up with gusty 21-26 in the afternoon.

Wednesday’s another day to jump on it early. Dawn Patrol of 25-29 from Viento to Mosier drops to 22-26 from Stevenson to Rufus late morning with 13-16 east of John Day Dam. Why will the wind drop off? Offshore high pressure will be temporarily replaced by an incoming low pressure system. Thursday and Friday look like upper teens and mid 20’s respectively. Long term forecasts are notoriously unreliable, but the ECMWF and GFS both agree on a monster day next Sunday. We’ll keep our eyes on that one and see if it pans out, okay?

JONES, SAUVIE’S, COAST: Coast (north/central/south, wind N unless otherwise specified). Monday: W5/W5/N5-10, NW swell 4′ at 9 seconds. Tuesday: W5/NW5/25-30, NW 4′ @ 9. Wednesday: 5-10/15-20/30-35, W 3′ @ 9. Jones Monday: 21-25. Tuesday: 23-26. Wednesday: 23-26. Sauvie’s Monday: 7-10. Tuesday: 10-13 late. Wednesday: 10-13.

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast: on vacation unless needed!


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Hood River Weather Forecast

Partly cloudy sky this morning stays that way as atmospheric instability keeps clouds around. Thunderheads and showers are possible this afternoon. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and low 70’s later. Moderate to strong westerlies. 50% chance of rainbows. Tuesday looks partly cloudy early and sunny later. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and mid 70’s in the afternoon. Strong westerlies. No rainbows. Wednesday: ditto. Temps 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

If you’re looking for Brown Pow, you’ll find it all over the place. Post is good. Knebal, 8-Mile, Bottle Prairie and Surveyor’s are “open with patches of snow”, according to 44 Trails Association. Logging has begun on Whoopdee, so the main loop is closed. Ronnoc trail will remain open, and so will the climb out. Other open trails: Post, Nestor, Columbia Hills, Hospital Hill, Dog River, Sandy Ridge, Syncline, and Falls Creek from the bottom. Lower Lewis River is open.

If you’re riding Underwood, please do not park at the trailhead any more as per request by SDS. Continue past the trailhead 0.5 miles or so to the new designated parking area. The cows are out on Hospital Hill, which happens to be private land owned by the Kreps family. Do not take your dog or you 1) endanger the life of your dog and 2) endanger access to the land for everyone.

Upcoming Events

Today’s community events start with a donation-based yoga class at Flow in Hood River. If you can’t make that one, there’s another at 6pm at Samadhi in White Salmon. If you’re in The Dalles today, there’s a concert at Sorosis Park starting at 1pm. Another option to dance today is at Zumba at 6:30pm at Mid Valley Elementary in Odell. Tomorrow’s coolest events are free yoga for the under-18 crowd at HAVEN in The Dalles at 6, meditation with the Pacific Hermitage Monks at 6:30 at Yoga Samadhi, and Triathlon practice at Mayer Park at 6.

Looking at this weekend, trial bikes show Goldendale how it’s done Saturday and Sunday. It’s Dirt-tastic weekend for women only at the Washougal motocross track, SOLVE has a cleanup on Mill Creek in the Dalles Saturday, and it’s ODFW’s free fishing weekend.

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Have an awesome day today!