Sunday: a long stretch of westerlies is on the way…

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 May 26, 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 sun comes so do bare buns
Steven’s Locks LTW 5-10 11-14 11-14
Swell-Hood River LTW 5-10 11-14 11-14
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena LTW 5-8 7-10 7-10
Rufus, etc. LTW LTW LTE LTE
Roosevelt & Arlington LTW LTW LTE LTE

Gorge Wind Forecast

Today is Sunday, and it’s the lightest wind day in the forecast for the next week or so. That’s going to make many of you quite happy, I think. Those of you looking for zero-to-light wind will have to make the most of today!

Sunday starts with light westerlies and light gradients of .04 and .03. River flow is 300kcfs and river temp is 55 degrees. Factors today: offshore high pressure, inland low pressure, atmospheric instability. The GFS suggests very little wind all day long. The ECMWF is more optimistic. Gut instinct says we’ll see this morning’s light westerly breeze rise to gusty 11-14 midday from Stevenson to Mosier. Eastern Gorge beaches likely end up with light easterlies today. Instability this afternoon could throw showers or even a thunderstorm into the mix. That’ll put a damper on the wind festivities, for sure!

Moving on to Monday, things’ll be shifting around in the atmosphere once again as a weak system slides along the coast. Upper flow wraps around an inland low, destabilizing the atmosphere. All that said, offshore high pressure will save the day for the Wind Betties. We’ll see 12-15 everywhere to start the day. By mid-morning, 20-23 from Stevenson to The Dalles is the call, except near Swell and Hood River, where the wind will likely bump for an hour or so anad then drop to 15-18. Afternoon wind: stronger, if thunder doesn’t enter the mix. We’ll have 15-18 from Stevenson to Mosier with gusty 25-29 from Rowena to Arlington.

Tuesday: oh happy morning! Get yourself ready for some Dawn Patrol. Models like the idea of 26-30 from Viento to The Dalles. A mid-morning peak of 28-32 may be the best it gets; an upper low approaching from the NW in the afternoon will likely wreak some havoc on the wind field. After that morning push, westerlies back off to gusty 20-26 from Stevenson to Mosier and pick up to gusty 27-31 from Rowena to Arlington. Forecast for the rest of the week: moderate to strong westerlies every day.

JONES, SAUVIE’S, COAST: Jones Sunday: 5-8. Monday: gusty 16-19. Tuesday: 25-29. Sauvie’s Sunday: 7-10. Monday: 4-7. Tuesday: 13-16. Coast (north/central/south, wind direction north unless otherwise noted). Sunday: NW5-10/NW10-15/25-30, NW swell 6′ at 9 seconds. Monday: W5/W5/5-10, W 3′ @ 10. Tuesday: W5/NW5-10/25-30, W 3′ @ 10 and SW 3′ @ 15.

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast: on vacation unless needed!


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Hood River Weather Forecast

Partly cloudy sky this morning gives way to clouds, showers, and a chance of thunder this afternoon. Temps will be int eh upper 40’s early and near 70 later. Moderate west wind. Dewpoint 46 = muggy. 11% chance of rainbows. Monday looks partly cloudy to start with a chance of showers and thunder in the afternoon. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and mid 70’s later. Muggy. Moderate westerlies. 11% chance of rainbows. Tuesday looks clear to start unless the marine clouds push in. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and mid 70’s later. Strong westerlies. No rainbows.

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Road and Mountain Biking

If you’re looking for Brown Pow, you’ll find it all over the place. Post is good. Knebal, 8-Mile, Bottle Prairie and Surveyor’s are “open with patches of snow”, according to 44 Trails Association. 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 bottom. Lower Lewis River is open.

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

Events today start off with community yoga at Samadhi in White Salmon at 9. There’s all-ages touch rugby at the Hood River Marina at 11. Other fun stuff today: a trail work party with Trailkeepers at Punchbowl Falls all day, wildflower seed collecting at Columbia Gorge Winery in Lyle from 12 to 6, and the infamous Sisters Stampede mountain bike race. Fisherfolk continue to chase the elusive catfish at the Rufus Catfish Extravaganza today.

Looking at next weekend, there’s the Dirtastic women’s weekend at the Washougal motocross track. It’s also Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s free fishing weekend. Husum is hosting a footrace next weekend – the Fire on the Mountain point-to-point half marathon is on Saturday. If you’re not tired from that, White Salmon Springfest has a 1k, 5k, and 10k race happening on Sunday. And don’t forget, we’re three weeks away from the Backyard Half!

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Random Morning Thoughts: on vacation.


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Have an awesome day today!