Saturday. 8/10. Gorge unpredictable wind. Events. Lightning and pretty sunsets.

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 August 10, 2013

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If you thought yesterday’s thunderstorms were spectacular (and they were – what amazing light at sunset last night!), you’ll love tonight. It’s the perfect storm (no pun intended) for a perfect thunderstorm this evening, pretty much all over Oregon. Luckily for anyone affected by wildfire, there’s a lot of precipitable water associated with these storms, so that lightning should be accompanied by rain and even hail (hoping for no hail for my orchardist friends).

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Wind forecast

The offshore low causing all this weather drama makes for difficult forecasting. Low pressure offshore. Lots of marine clouds along the river. Incoming convection. Grrrrr. Call it 15-18 near Hood River for much of the day, picking up to the same in Stevenson if/when the clouds burn off, ,and possibly climbing to gusty 22-25 near Hood River as Portland heats up. That said, the 12k (but interestingly, not the more accurate 4/3k) is calling for 23-36 all day with a brief 30+ late in the day. I think we can safely ignore the predicted late burst, as it will occur during peak thunderstorm activity, rendering it 1) dangerous, 2) unlikely, and 3) did I mention “dangerous”?

More trouble arises from the offshore low tomorrow as it moves slowly north, giving us lots of marine clouds in Portland but not a lot of gradient. We may see some leftover strong wind tomorrow morning, which will fade to 17-21, strongest from Hood River to Lyle, and blowing in the gusty 5-15 range at Stevenson until the clouds burn back. Expect another round of thunder and lightning.

Monday sees the low move further north, still causing all sorts of weather trouble. Looks like we’ll see westerlies at 10-15 early, picking up to 17-21 later. Long term forecasting with an offshore low… bad idea, T, bad idea.

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Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Stevenson 5-10 10-13 14-17 who knows?
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) 13-15 21-24 21-24 who knows?
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle 5-10 10-15 18-22 who knows?
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall 5-10 5-10 10-13 who knows?
Arlington / Roosevelt 5-10 5-10 10-13 who knows?

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Other News

The wind, at least, is good news for all the wind events this weekend: The Tasar World Championships kick off in Cascade Locks today and continue for a week. Swing by and watch some of the racing – these are the best sailors in the world. Today’s also the Double-Damned, where the best sailors in the Gorge sail from Cascade Locks to The Dalles. Hopefully they are finished before the storms kick in. Also, I just learned (at 7:30am), that the Bridge of the Gods Kite Fest blowout race is rescheduled for tomorrow. Registration is 10am. Skipper’s meeting is 11am.

In windsurfing world this evening, it’s the King of the Hook – family friendly, old-school, longboard freestyle, with costumes, happening at the Hook at 5-8pm. Bring something to throw on the grill, and enjoy fresh juice from Ryans. Also bring an umbrella, a camera, and a lightning rod.

Coming up tomorrow, it’s the Larch Mountain Time Trial in Corbett – 3600′ of climbing in 16 miles, likely on wet pavement. Good luck bike racers!

Have an awesome day today!