Sunday: Last day to ride the Whoopdee full loop. Logging starts Monday.

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 May 19, 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 wet sand wet tanners
Steven’s Locks 5-10 5-10 G21-25 G25-28??
Swell-Hood River 5-10 5-10 G21-25 G25-28??
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 5-10 5-10 G21-25 G25-28??
Rufus, etc. 5-10 5-10 10-13 10-13
Roosevelt & Arlington 5-10 5-10 10-13 10-13

Gorge Wind Forecast

Latest model runs still contain a fair bit of disagreement about the wind for the next few days. This is a direct result of multiple strong weather systems approaching and/or moving through the local area. The easiest statement to make is that the wind will be gusty!

For Sunday, we starts with light west wind from Stevenson all the way to the eastern Gorge. As a weather system moves through mid-afternoon, we’ll see the wind pick up in response. Westerlies hold at 5-10 or so until early afternoon. The wind then picks up to gusty 21-25 from Stevenson to Avery. One model likes the idea of even stronger wind late in the afternoon as weak offshore high pressure interacts with low pressure in the desert. Result: very gusty 25-28 from Stevenson to Avery. River flow is 347kcfs (that’s over my comfort zone for the Rufus stretch) and river temp is 54 degrees.

Monday’s synoptic-scale picture is quite interesting: weak higher pressure off the coast and over the Willy Valley in the morning starts off the westerlies. In the afternoon, a well-organized low approaches from the west and a well-organized low sits in the desert. Morning wind looks like 10-13 with s showers in the west and 22-25 from Rowena to Arlington. The GFS likes the idea of 28-33 from Avery to Three mile in the afternoon, but a band of rain moving east could complicate that. It’s also worth noting that the Euro does not agree with this scenario – it predicts strong wind as well, but much farther east. Best guess: there will be a few hours of gusty upper 20’s to low 30’s in the eastern Gorge ahead of the front, but you’ll want to drive pre-emptively to get it.

A ridge of high pressure builds offshore on Tuesday. An inland low sends wraparound moisture into the Gorge through noon, keeping the wind in the gusty 12-16 range. As things stabilize in the afternoon, we’ll finish up with 21-24 from Stevenson to The Dalles. Models agree on westerly flow of some sort for the rest of the week, but disagree on the details.

JONES, SAUVIE’S, COAST: Jones Sunday: 21-24. Monday: no. Tuesday: 10-13. Sauvie’s Sunday: 13-16. Monday: no. Tuesday; 7-10. Coast (north/central/south). Sunday: NW5/NW5-10/N10, W swell 7′ at 13 seconds, S swell 9′ at 12 seconds. Monday: S 20-25/S30-35/S30-35, W 7′ @ 11. Tuesday: NW15-20/NW15-20/N30, W 14′ @ 15 seconds.

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Hood River Weather Forecast

It’s cloudy out there this morning and will probably stay that way. Temps will be near 50 early and in the low 60’s later. Sprinkles could happen at any time, but rain is likeliest between 2 and 5. Moderate afternoon westerlies. 11% chance of rainbows. Monday looks dry in the morning and rainy in the afternoon. Temps will be near 50 early and near 60 later. Light westerlies near Hood River. 17% chance of rainbows. Tuesday looks rainy in the morning and partly cloudy in the afternoon. Temps will be in the upper 40’s early and mid 60’s later. Moderate westerlies. 78% chance of rainbows.

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Road and Mountain Biking

Logging will begin on the Whoopdee main loop downhill on 5/20. That means if you want to ride the Whoopdee one last time, you will have to do it this weekend. Other open trails: Post, Nestor, Columbia Hills, Hospital Hill, Dog River, Sandy Ridge, Syncline, and Falls Creek from the bottom.
If you’re riding Underwood, please do not park at the trailhead any more as per request by SDS. There is a parking area 0.5 miles farther down the road. 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

The Gorge Invite Sailboat Race that continues in Cascade Locks today. There’s an all-sports swap meet at Windance this morning – buying starts at 8. If you want to double up on swaps, the Gorge musical instrument swap and sale is at the Ruins at Springhouse from 11 to 3 today.

Community yoga happens at 9am at Samadhi in White Salmon, and there’s all-ages though rugby at the Hood River Marina at 11am. Today’s the last day of national bike to work week. If you’re not working, fake it by riding somewhere you’d usually drive. Today is the last day to ride the full Whoopdee loop before it is logged. Ronnoc trail and the climb will remain open during logging operations.

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Have an awesome day today!