Saturday/Sunday. Light wind. And a day off for me. Enjoy the weekend, warriors!

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 August 9, 2014

Random Morning Thoughts

It’s been a very windy summer so far, and the continual (or maybe even continuous) wind has meant I’ve set an alarm and written a forecast every morning. I see the opportunity for a chance to wake up naturally, sans alarm clock, tomorrow, Sunday, so I’m taking it. Y’all enjoy my day off, and thank you for understanding!

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Gorge Wind

Sometimes I find it nice to wake up to light wind – it keeps me from feeling like I have to rush to finish the forecast and my other morning tasks. At 7am, the wind was out of the west in the single digits to low teens through the Gorge, with .07 gradient across the Cascades (pdx-dls). With not much happening in weather dynamics today, we’ll get westerlies at 13-16 this morning, near Hood River fading midday to 8-13 from Stevenson to Mosier, with a late afternoon burst of 13-16 or a touch more from Stevenson to The Dalles.

Tomorrow looks nearly glassy to start with just a touch of east breeze, picking up to 10-15 briefly midday at Steven’s Locks/Rooster, and then picking up to 3-6 from Hood River to The Dalles in the afternoon, so break out your wakeboard boat, your SUPs, your jetskis, your open water swim stuff, your rowing gear, your kayak to practice rolls, etc. With that east breeze, expect a smoky day in Hood River.

Easterlies look a little stronger on Monday, maybe 15-18. Looks like the westerlies will return some time on Tuesday with a big west wind day possible Wednesday (you know how I feel about those long-range forecasts: pure speculation…)

In photo land, Grant was out shooting photos at the Hatchery yesterday.

And on the coast (north/central/south)… Today: 15-20/20/30, NW 2@10. Tomorrow: 20/20-25/light, NW 3@7. Monday: 5-15/light/light, NW 5@11.

Today’s Gorge Wind – these are ranges for the average speed, not a predicted wind range. =)
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Rooster’s Rocks Never been? Check it out, eh?
Steven’s Locks light 5-10 8-13 13-16
Hatchery/White Salmon Sandbar (minus a few for Hood River) 13-16 8-13 8-13 13-16
Doug’s, etc. 10-13 8-11 8-11 13-16
Rufus, etc. 8-11 8-11 light light
Roosevelt, etc. 8-11 8-11 light light
Temira’s sail: 35-40: 2.9 / 30-35: 3.2 / 26-30: 3.5
23-26: 4.0 / 20-23: 4.5 less than 20: something bigger!
Tonia’s kite: 35-40: 4m / 30-35: 4-6m / 26-30: 5-7m
23-26: 7-9m / 20-23: 8-10 / 15-20: 10-12 / 10-15: 13-15.

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Gorge Weather

It’s a beautiful, blue-sky morning here in the Gorge, and if you haven’t worked on your tan yet this summer, today might be the perfect day for it! We’ll see temps in the low 60’s early and mid 80’s this afternoon.

Tomorrow looks sunny in the morning with temps in the low 60’s early and upper 80’s in the afternoon. We’ll likely see clouds and increasing humidity in the afternoon as upper flow turns southerly and surface flow turns easterly, so expect a colorful sunset. As the flow turns easterly, the smoke from the Rowena Fire is going to blow back into the western Gorge, so be prepared for a smoky day.

Monday’s sunrise and sunset should both be colorful, as instability increases. It will also be smoky in Hood River on Monday. Expect temps in the low 60’s early and low 90’s in the afternoon with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and overnight.

White Sprinter Vans doing 69 in public. They couldn’t find a big enough garage.


Road and Mountain Biking

All trails except Hospital Hill and Whoopdee are open. Those two are closed due to extreme fire danger. In addition, the Rowena Fire has Highway 30 closed between The Dalles Country Club and Rowena Crest (so you can ride almost to the Crest if you’re coming from Hood River), according to the Rowena Fire Facebook page.

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River Levels / Cheezburger update

The John Day Dam is reading 131kcfs. The website where I get my Dalles Dam info is down this morning. The White Salmon is around 2.2′. With a light wind day coming up tomorrow, you may want to consider a rafting trip on the White Salmon with him! He works for Wet Planet. If you plan on running the White Salmon yourself, remember that there is a riverwide log about 150 yards below Cave Wave. The Columbia River is 70 degrees.


Events – email me if I’ve missed any outdoor-related events

There’s plenty of fun stuff going on in the Gorge this weekend. The Hood River Running Club has a trail run at 8am at Post Canyon this morning, and if it’s too late for that, you can meet them every Saturday morning at the bottom of Post Canyon Road. The Wildside Relay outrigger and surfski race from Stevenson to Bingen is scheduled today, along with the Double Damned sailboat race from Cascade Locks to The Dalles.

Hood River’s Event Site has windsurfing races today, and Cascade Locks hosts the Bridge of the Gods run tomorrow. The Bridge of the gods windsurfing and kiting downwind race is schedule for Sunday, wind permitting.

Have an awesome day today!