Sunday. Are you tired yet? No? Good, because it’s going to be windy again today.

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 July 20, 2014

Random Morning Thoughts

There seems to be a random morning Chihuahua puppy in my house. And a random morning South African photographer.


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Tomorrow’s forecast status:
Thank you to Craig R. for tomorrow’s forecast!
And thank you, everyone, for using this forecast!

Today’s Gorge Wind – these are ranges for the average speed, not a predicted wind range. =)
Your favorite beach Dawn
Rooster’s Rocks Grant says to go kiting
Steven’s Locks 13-16 13-16 13-16 13-16
Hatchery/White Salmon Sandbar (minus a few for Hood River) 13-16 13-16 gusty
Doug’s, etc. 17-20 21-24 26-30 26-30
Rufus, etc. 13-16 17–>24 26-30 26-30
Roosevelt, etc. 13-16 17–>24 24-28 26-30
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.

Gorge Wind


Just a reminder to everyone today: there are windsurfing races at the Event Site today. Please stay out of the race course, and if you find yourself in the race course by accident, please yield the right of way to the racers. Thank you!

Second, Grant was shooting The Wall from 2:30-5pm yesterday and Rufus 5-7 yesterday. Find his photos here.

Things look a bit different outside my window this morning then they have lately. Lots of mid-level clouds left over from last night’s weak weather system. Those clouds will shift the wind east of Hood River today – we’ll see gusty 13-16 from Stevenson to Mosier today, maybe 16-19 later. The Lyle/Doug’s/Rowena stretch of river will start with 21-24, picking up to 26-30 by late morning, possibly becoming gusty if the next weak weather system approaches sooner than forecast. Avery/Maryhill/Roosevelt stretches will see 26-30 by early afternoon.

Tomorrow morning sees us sitting in the remains of another weak weather system. Expect 15-18 through the whole Gorge (maybe not Steven’s Locks) early, picking up to gusty 22-25 from Swell to Rufus in the afternoon.

Tuesday starts off light, with the western Gorge likely remaining light for much of the day. The eastern Gorge may (or may not) see an afternoon burst of 23-26 as an upper low approaches. As that low moves across the PNW on Wednesday, we’ll see a much windier day.

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Gorge Weather

We’re enjoying the effects of last night’s frontal passage this morning with partly to mostly cloudy sky and cool temps in the western Gorge with sunshine out east. Expect a partly cloudy day today with a 2% chance of rainbows/sprinkles in Hood River. Temps will be in the mid 60’s early and mid 70’s this afternoon. Tomorrow will likely start off partly cloudy, with some high clouds moving in during the afternoon. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and upper 70’s in the afternoon. Tuesday looks partly to mostly cloudy with a 4% chance of showers/rainbows. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and upper 70’s in the afternoon.


White Sprinter Van of the Day

S-Curves Sprinter Van

Road and Mountain Biking

This morning looks pretty nice for a road ride, with cloudy sky, cool temps, and relatively (for the Gorge, anyway), light wind. Expect the wind to increase this afternoon, making your road ride less pleasant.


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River Levels / Cheezburger update

The White Salmon is at 2.5′. Cheezburger (a guide at Wet Planet) went hiking at Meadows the day before yesterday. The Klickitat is at 1020cfs. The John Day dam is putting out 152-199kcfs and The Dalles dam is reading 186kcfs. Columbia river temp is 68.9 degrees at The Dalles Dam.


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

Today’s events include windsurfing racing at the Hood River Event Site, outrigger canoe racing at Stevenson, the continuation of the Race Across Oregon bike race, Enduro bike racing at Camas, ping pong at 3 at the Hood River Armory, pickup touch rugby in Mosier at 3, and a mellow ride from Mountain View Bikes to Moiser at 5:30.

Tomorrow night at 5:30, the Ride Around the Gorge folks have a mellow-paced ride planned. Probably 12mph average or so. Meet them at the Dee Mill for a ride to Lost Lake. 28 miles. 3000-something feet of climbing. If you want to try bike racing, there’s road and short track races at PIR in Portland Monday night. And finally tomorrow night, there’s free community yoga at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon at 6:30.

Have an awesome day today!