Monday: let’s get muggy this week…

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 August 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 sunny bunnies tanning buns
Steven’s Locks 13-16 13-16 18-22 18-22
Swell-Hood River 17-21 21-24 18-22 18-22
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 13-16 21-24 18-22 18-22
Rufus, etc. 13-16 16-19 10-13 5-8
Roosevelt & Arlington 13-16 16-19 10-13 5-8

Gorge Wind Forecast

Today’s A Offshore pressure assistance decreases this week as a low pressure system approaches the Northwest and moves inland to Vancouver Island. As a result, westerlies decrease and become gustier, especially on Wednesday when rain’s in the picture for the western Gorge.

For Monday, solid early gradients back off during the day, especially in the eastern Gorge. Dawn patrol blows 17-21 from Viento to Swell with 13-16 most other places. The wind quickly picks up to 21-24 from Viento to The Dalles with Stevenson jumping on board. While the eastern Gorge might maintain its wind for a couple hours, making the drive would be unwise today. Afternoon westerlies drop to “light” east of The Dalles. Central Gorge wind, Stevenson to The Dalles, drops to 18-21. River flow is 112kcfs and temp is 71 degrees.

The previously mentioned low pressure system drops south from Alaska on Tuesday. Morning wind starts in the calm-to-light range. Thermal assistance drives 10-13 midday from Stevenson to Mosier. As a front approaches offshore, westerlies pick up to gusty 15-18+ from Viento to The Dalles mid to late afternoon with 12-15 near Stevenson.

Models don’t agree on the timing of this front’s passage inland; they’ve sped it up over the last 24 hours. That has implications for Wednesday wind. First, launches west of Hood River will remain cloudy with a chance of rain all day. Hood River may land in that weather zone too. I’m just going to broad-brush the forecast in response to the uncertainty: max 12-15 in the western Gorge in the morning before the rain starts. 18-22 east of The Dalles. Afternoon wind at gusty 24-27 east of the low clouds. Models like the idea of steadier wind in the 20’s on Thursday. After that… lots of disagreement in the overall setup.

COAST, JONES, SAUVIE’S: Coast (north/central/south, wind N unless otherwise specified). Monday: 5-10/10-15/10-15, W swell 4′ @ 14 seconds. Tuesday: S15/S15/S10-15, W 4′ @ 9. Wednesday: NW10-15, NW5/LTV, W 8′ @ 13. Jones Monday: 11-14. Tuesday: 12-15. Wednesday: 8-11. Monday: 7-10. Tuesday: nope. Wednesday: nope.

Hood River Weather Forecast

Clear sky this morning stays that way. Temps will be near 60 early and in the low 80’s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Tuesday starts clear and ends with scattered mid and high clouds. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and upper 80”s later. Light westerlies. No rainbows. Wednesday looks cloudy with a chance of rain. Temps will be in the mid 60’s early and mid 70’s later. Muggy. Light westerlies. 48% chance of rainbows. Models disagree about the details of the weather for the rest of the week.

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Road and Mountain Biking

Industrial Fire Level is now Level III. Moto is no longer allowed on trails or unimproved roads, including in Post Canyon. Kreps land and SDS lands will close within the next couple of weeks due to fire danger – date is not yet set. Riorden Hill Road is closed between the end of the pavement and Family Man. Family Man is also closed, as is access to it, meaning you will need to choose other routes to Upper Post. Red Hill Road is theoretically closed to cars due to logging. Folks have ridden it on bikes on the weekend, but ride at your own risk. Chip sealing will happen on Highway 30 between Mosier and Rowena Crest August 12-14.

All local 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

Monday events include by-donation yoga at flow at 8:30 and Zumba Gold at the Hood River Adult Center at 9am. There’s Meditation and Metta with the Trinity Sangha at noon, advanced Tai Chi at the Hood River Adult Center at 1pm, and beginner/intermediate Tai Chi at 2:30 at the Adult Center. Samadhi in White Salmon has by-donation yoga at 6pm and Mid-Valley Elementary hosts Zumba at 6:30.

Fun events this week include Nancy’s kickball classic on Wednesday at Collins Field in Hood River. First Light Academy in Hood River has a free anti-bullying class for youth athletes on Thursday. Saturday’s Meet a Horse day at the Hood River Saddle Club, and Sunday’s a kids’ mountain bike race at Family Man in Post Canyon.

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Have an awesome day today!