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Gorge Wind ForecastSmoke coverage and the associated reduction in surface temps continues to keep the wind speeds and air quality down. With offshore low pressure slated through Thursday, not much will change. It appears that high pressure will reassert offshore Friday into Sunday, hopefully lasting long enough to clear out the smoke.
For Monday, we’ll have light westerlies. Expect 5-10 most places this morning with Viento the usual over-performing spot at 15-20. Will that help the smoke? No. Westerlies go light again this afternoon in the western Gorge with light and variable conditions in the east. River flow: 92,700cfs. Temp: 66. High temp: 68? Tuesday will be light and variable all day. Wednesday starts with E 10-15 near Rooster and Stevenson. Calm wind midday. Very light westerlies, just west of Hood River, in the afternoon.
Thursday starts with W 8-12 west of Hood River. The GFS thinks a weak disturbance with associated heat will slide through Oregon and into the Washington desert in the afternoon. If that actually happens, and it’s unlikely given lack of heating due to smoke, we’ll see stronger afternoon westerlies. Another problem: a broad area of low pressure offshore and no real support from cross-Cascade gradients.
Friday: That low pressure starts to move inland as offshore high pressure rebuilds. Westerlies pick up in the afternoon. Offshore high seems to stick around on Saturday. Fingers crossed. We really need a strong wind event to clear out the smoke!
The Port of Hood River is offering up the Event Site, Lot 1, and the Marina parking for wildfire evacuees. I’m not sure how many people are taking advantage of that, but perhaps you can take them food and n95 masks. Kiting is no longer allowed at the Marina – it has become unsafe for other user groups. Lyle is now off limits unless you can get to the sandbar without crossing the RR tracks. If you cross the tracks, you will be ticketed. Lyle: loved to death. Roosevelt: still closed due to wind damage from earlier this year. Mosier is only available to residents of 97040 (Mosier).
Coast, Jones, Sauvie’stCoast (north/central/south, waves. Swell forecast provided by NWS.) Monday: S10-15/S10-20/S10-15, SW swell 2′ at 15 seconds. Tuesday: S5-10/S5-10/S10-15, SW 6′ @ 10. Wednesday: SW5-10/LTSW/LTS, SW 5′. Jones & Sauvie’s Monday-Wednesday: LTV.
Hood River Weather ForecastDense smoke continues today along with some marine clouds in the morning. Temps will be near 60 early and in the mid 60’s later. Light west wind. No rainbows. Tuesday comes with dense smoke and high clouds all day. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and mid 60’s later. Light and variable wind. No rainbows. Wednesday also has high clouds above all the smoke, which will be plentiful. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and mid 60’s later. Light easterlies in the morning. Calm midday. Very light west wind in the evening. For more details, including when the smoke will clear, see TATAS. Looking for a complete Columbia Gorge forecast? Looking for more humor in your weather? Obscenities? You’re looking for my TATAS: Temira’s Awesome Travel Advisory Service on Facebook.
Cycling9/12: Hood River County lands are closed due to extreme fire danger. Mt. Hood National Forest is closed to all uses. Syncline/Coyote Wall: closed due to fire danger. Whoopdee, Hospital Hill, and Underwood are closed due to fire danger. Respect the closures. Other Post news: Eldorado has reopened, as have other trails associated with that particular timber harvest closure.
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Local EventsWeekly events: there are sailboat races at the Hood River Marina every Wednesday evening. Dirty Fingers has a group mountain bike ride Thursday nights at 5:30pm. The small boat group has a friendly and distanced paddle on, I believe, Thursday nights. Cheno has an outdoor HIIT workout at Columbia High School in White Salmon at 6pm on Wednesday nights. That’s pretty much it for outdoor sports. There is a BLM rally every Tuesday evening at 5:30 at the Salmon Fountain in Hood River, and there’s a White Coats for BLM rally every Wednesday evening at 6pm at 12th and May.
Current Closures (may not be complete)Mt. Hood National Forest (all closed). Gifford Pinchot NF west of Indian Heaven and south of the 90/30 Roads. Syncline/Coyote Wall. Hood River County Land. Kreps, SDS, and other private timberlands. DNR and ODF lands. Many places in the scenic area. Completeish list here.
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