Post 1001: 9/9 Gorge wind and events

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 September 9, 2012

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First thing today, I’d like to say thank you to all of you who donated during August pledge drive month. There was never a day where I didn’t post a forecast, because every day someone donated. Thank you to all of you both for using this forecast and for supporting it! Remember that although it’s free for you to use, it’s not free for me. I put a lot of time into giving you an accurate forecast, and I pay for the hosting on this website. If you find it valuable, please take the time to make a donation to support what I do. Your generosity helps keep this going for everyone. I also send an email version of this forecast. Make a $12 or larger donation, and you’re on the email list for a year. No more dealing with the twice-yearly pledge drive, and you’ll also have a chance to win prizes from the sponsors. Thank you again for your support!

This week’s sponsor is Dirt Hugger, offering curbside food waste collection service for your business, school, office, store, restaurant or hospital in Hood River and The Dalles. All that food waste becomes awesome compost for your garden, yard, farm or vineyard. You can pick up that compost or have it delivered. If we as a society can’t make composting happen through our cities and counties, at least we can make it happen through a cool local business. This is one of my favorite businesses in the Gorge. Support them, please.

I’m not sure how I missed post number 1000 yesterday, but I did. What a milestone. Never mind that there were several hundred forecast posts on the previous iteration of this website, at It’s just nice to see the post-count odometer on this blog roll into the 4-digit world.

Anyway, you don’t give a crap about that. You just want the forecast, and it’s a late one today (7:45am), because I was at a wedding last night. So, here’s your forecast:

We start today off with a very large pressure gradient across the Gorge: .12 from PDX to The Dalles, and another .14 out east. That means it’s going to be really windy. The only question that remains is whether it will be nice, steady, nuclear force wind near Hood River, or if you’ll have to drive further east to find the steady-gusty gorge-style nuclear wind. With the low pressure trough still pushing in to the coast, I’d expect the clouds to hold or move further inland, meaning your best bet today is to drive.

Here are the easy calls: We’re going to see a steady rise in wind to 35+ at Doug’s and Maryhill, with 30+ at Mosier and Arlington. If the clouds burn back west of the Hatchery, expect 28-33 there and 23-26 in Hood River. If not, gusty 28-23 is the call near Hood River.

As a cold front pushes in tonight, we’ll see clouds push into Hood River, and we might even see some rain, at least at higher elevations. The clouds will drop the wind near Hood River into the 15-18 range, with 23-27 east of Mosier tomorrow.

It looks like we’ll see high pressure move inland on Tuesday, giving us warmer weather and light east wind in the Gorge. Easterlies will steadily pick up through the week.

In events today, the Sandy Ridge Enduro continues with a second day of downhill racing, all day today, followed by awards for the season. Closer to home, there’s a cleanup on the Hood River this morning at 11am. Meet at the Gorge Kayak School at the Nichols Boat Basin if you’d like to participate. Coming up this afternoon, there’s Pickup Touch Rugby in Mosier at the Mosier School at 3pm. Beginners are 100% welcome to come play. A reminder for kayakers and whitewater: The Tieton is now running on dam-release water. Come get it.

Finally, don’t forget to vote in CGWA’s windsurfer of the year awards:

Have an awesome day today!