Sunday: another windy day in the Gorge!

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 July 16, 2017

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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 weather’s fair buns bare
Steven’s Locks 8-11 11-14 15-19 20-23
Hatchery/Wunderbar 13-16 16-20 21-24 21-24
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 8-12 13-18 21-24 21-24
Rufus, etc. 20-24 16-20 16-20 13-16
Roosevelt, etc. 20-24 16-20 10-15 7-10



Gorge Wind Forecast

I’m not really sure what went wrong with the wind field yesterday. Although the wind did reach the predicted speeds for periods of time and at certain locations, it really didn’t play out quite like I’d expected. Ah well. I hope all of you got on the water anyway, and it’s probably a good thing that the Kite Derby didn’t happen in nuking westerlies.

We’re starting off Sunday with just a few marine clouds in Hood River and a trough of low pressure on the west side of the state. There’s high pressure offshore too, but not a lot of gradient across the Cascades: .09 (pdx-dls) and .06 (dls-psc). That said, the clear sky above the marine layer is a good indicator for a more reliable day today. For the morning, we’ll have westerlies at 17-20 east of the marine air, so perhaps Mosier to Arlington. Eastern Gorge wind will die off by midday, leaving us with 21-24 from Cascade Locks to The Dalles.

The 12k GFS is predicting light wind for Monday, but the 4/3 model hasn’t refreshed yet, leaving us without a more precise forecast. I think we’re likely to see some light westerlies on Monday afternoon, perhaps 8-11mph or so from Cascade Locks to Hood River. Tuesday currently looks like 13-16 from Viento to The Dalles early with gusty 24-27 from Cascade Locks to Rufus in the afternoon.

The extended (and not reliable) forecast starts with a prediction of max wind at 25-28 on Wednesday afternoon. There’s some disagreement between models for the Thursday-Friday window, so I’m not going to hazard a precise forecast at this point. The general picture is continued onshore flow (west wind) of varying strength through next weekend. We’ll see if that plays out!

Kiteboard for Cancer and Camp Koru Need You!

Kiteboard for Cancer happens July 14th through 16th at Hood River’s Event Site. They are still looking for a few volunteers. If you have some time, sign up now. If time is difficult to come by, make a donation to support camps for young adult survivors of cancer. I donated already. Your turn!

Jones, Sauvie’s, Coast Beta Test Forecast

Jones Sunday: 13-16. Monday: 13-16. Tuesday: 23-26. Sauvie’s Sunday: 13-16. Monday: 11-14. Tuesday: 11-14. Coast (north/central/south). Sunday: 15-20/25-30/35+, W swell 4′ at 8 seconds. Monday: 15-20/15-20/35+, W 4′ @ 8. Tuesday: 5-10/10-15/25-30, W 3′ @ 8.

Random Morning Thoughts

One of the things I love about living in the Gorge is the passionate approach to life embraced by so many of the residents. Whether we like to windsurf, kite, cycle, hunt, fish, ski, snowboard, hike, climb, kayak, farm, or whatever, many of us have shaped our lives in order to be here.

Our dedicated, focused approach to life gives us a zest and liveliness that I don’t see as consistently in other places. I have a suspicion that being around passionate people also makes us just a bit more accepting of others; our pursuit of the things we find meaningful, our connection to our inner compass, gives us permission to be ourselves, including our quirks and eccentricities. Our respect for our friends’ passion allows us to accept them for who they are.

I don’t really have a point with this, other than an appreciation for having settled in a place where passionate living is embraced. If you’re reading this, you likely have some inner fire that motivates you to spend time in the Gorge. Welcome, all of you, whoever you are. Your excitement for life is welcome here. Have an awesome day.

Disclaimer required by my grad school program: I am not your therapist (but I could be 27 graduate school credits from now). I am your weather forecaster. Take everything I say with a grain of salt, and consult with your actual therapist about your mental health issues. One other thing: I plan to keep doing this forecast indefinitely, even when I am a therapist.

Gorge Weather Forecast

It’s a mostly sunny morning with just a few puffy marine clouds in Hood River. Those clouds will burn off quickly, leaving us with full sun. Temps will be near 60 early and near 80 in the afternoon. Moderate west wind. No rainbows. Monday looks sunny. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and the low 80’s in the afternoon. Light wind. No rainbows. Tuesday looks sunny with upper 50’s early and mid 80’s in the afternoon. Moderate west wind. No rainbows.

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White Sprinter Van of the Day


Road and Mountain Biking

All the mtb trails locally are open. This will change next week when Hospital Hill and Whoopdee will likely close for the summer due to fire danger. Ride them now. Moto is now done for the season in Hood River County, as we are at IFPL 3. Monday looks like a SICK! day for road biking – reasonable temps and light wind.

Upcoming Events

Today’s events start with two free yoga classes at 9am: one at Samadhi in White Salmon and one at the Kiteboard for Cancer venue at Hood River’s Event Site. There’s are two more free yoga classes today: 4pm at Pure Yoga in The Dalles and 6pm at Pure Yoga in Hood River. There’s pickup touch rugby at the Hood River Marine for kids and adults at 11am.

At noon today, there’s the never-ever kiteboarded race at the Event Site. If you’re interested in giving it a shot, be there at 10:30 to register. The last event today is an all day one – the High Cascades 100 mountain bike race in Bend.

Speaking of trails, we’re at fire level 3, so moto is done for the season in Post Canyon. It looks like Stevenson and Kreps lands will close due to fire danger next week, so get out and enjoy those trails now.

Next week, Wednesday through Saturday, is the Melges 24 sailboat races in Cascade Locks. The Gorge Downwind Championships will happen one day in the Friday through sunday window. Big Winds has a free Foil clinic with Mr. Kalama and Mr. Aguera on Thursday and Friday, and there’s a Gorge Cup race at the event Site Saturday.

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

The Mt. Hood snow forecast is currently on vacation. It will stay on vacation until I deem it to be close enough to winter that we need a Mt. Hood snow forecast. Be safe out there on the snow this summer!

Have an awesome day today!