Saturday: westerlies, westerlies, westerlies and races

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 June 15, 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 bunny tanning tummies
Steven’s Locks 10-13 13-16 24-27 24-27
Swell-Hood River 20-23 25-28 25-28 25-28
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 15-18 22-25 25-28 25-28
Rufus, etc. 10-13 10-13 13-16 13-16
Roosevelt & Arlington 10-13 10-13 13-16 13-16

Gorge Wind Forecast

Hopefully you and your tiny gear were able to spend some time on the river today. If you, like me, had to work all day, you’ll have more chances for strong westerlies over the next week to ten day. There’s zero sign of the wind stopping any time soon!

For Saturday, gradients started at .14 and .02, signifying you’ll likely want to stay close to the central gorge today. Morning wind will be 21-25 from Viento to Moiser (maybe more at Mosier, actually) with 10-15 farther east and west. By mid to late morning, the wind will pick up to 25-28 from Stevenson to The Dalles. Avery to Rufus will probably max out at 13-16 today and Roosevelt 10-13.

Deeper marine clouds on Sunday hint at slightly stronger wind, even though the wind model doesn’t. The day starts with 21-24 from Viento to Moiser and 10-13 east and west of there. Give the desert a few hours to warm up, and the wind will rise to 26-29 from Stevenson to The Dalles. Rufus will join in after noon, and Roosevelt will be lighter with 12-15. Models do suggest afternoon sunshine in the metro area both Saturday and Sunday. That could cause an afternoon lull in the Corridor (Viento to Mosier) wind.

On to Monday: deeper clouds in Portland signal another windy day, with a higher likelihood of the wind lasting all day long. Dawn patrol looks like 25-28 from Swell to Moiser. Once Stevenson clears up, mid-morning or so, westerlies jump to 27-31 from Stevenson to Rufus. Tuesday’s current forecast: 29-33, yay! Wednesday: 27-31. Repeat ad infinitum.

COAST, JONES, SAUVIE’S: Coast (north/central/south, wind N unless otherwise specified). Saturday: 10-15/20-25/30-35, W swell 2′ at 8 seconds. Sunday: 5-10/15-20/30-35+, W 2′ @ 12. Monday: 5-10/15-20/35-40, W 4′ @ 11. Jones Saturday: 25-28. Sunday: 24-27. Monday: 24-27. Sauvie’s Saturday: 10-13. Sunday: 12-15. Monday: 12-15.  

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast: on vacation unless needed!


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Hood River Weather Forecast

Clear sky this morning stays clear all day. Temps will be int eh upper 50’s (open windows) early and low 80’s (close windows) this afternoon. Moderate westerlies. 100% chance of rainbows because it’s Pride! Sunday will be sunny. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and low 80’s in the afternoon. Strong westerlies. 100% chance of Pride-based rainbows. Monday looks sunny. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and near 80 in the afternoon. Strong westerlies. No rainbows.   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.  

Road and Mountain Biking

The Wy’East wonder 50k/50mile ultramarathon runs Saturday from Gunsight to Surveyor’s, so perhaps pick a different area that 44 road trails for biking this weekend. The White Salmon Backyard Half is Saturday on Hospital Hill, so pick a different trail. Plains of Abraham is reportedly open. Fifteenmile is open. 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 top. Lower Lewis River is open. Despite advice to the contrary, Red Hill Road was open to bikes on Saturday, 6/1. Proof is on The Strava. 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 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

My pick for today is the Dad Bod Run at Shortt Supply at 9:30. Today’s other events include the Wy’East Wonder 50k and 50 mile ultra-marathon on the 44 Road trails – pick somewhere else to hike and bike. The White Salmon Backyard half runs on the trails on Kreps land, and 12 Hours of Post is in Post Canyon. Columbia Gorge Wind and Water Association has a watersports swap at Luhr Jensen. There’s a beer-positive yoga class at 10:30 at the Hops and Hogs Fest in The Dalles, and there’s free admission at the Maryhill Museum all weekend. There are two Trailkeepers work parties this weekend – Punchbowl Falls on Saturday and Wahkeena Falls on Sunday. You’ll need to sign up for those on EventBrite.  

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Random Morning Thoughts: on vacation.

  Click here for the full events calendar. Have an awesome day today! Temira