Thursday: a couple days of wind, a couple days of heat…

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 July 18, 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 clouds above buns below
Steven’s Locks 17-20 17-20 20-24 20-24
Swell-Hood River 18-21 21-24 G24-27 20-24
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 18-21 18-21 24-27 24-27
Rufus, etc. 18-21 18-21 24-27 24-27
Roosevelt & Arlington 17-20 17-20 17-20 14-17

Gorge Wind Forecast

A cold front moving through the region on Thursday morning gives way to a stable and static setup for a couple of days. High pressure building inland over the weekend will result in lighter wind and then a brief switch to easterlies. That won’t last long – stronger westerlies are on the docket for next week.

For Thursday, first things first: today’s the Gorge Downwind Champs race from Home Valley to Hood River. If you’re anywhere on the river between there and here, keep an eye upwind for hoards of boats and SUPs hauling butt down the river. Wind today starts with 17-21 everywhere in the way of a cold front’s passage. It appears that the later it gets, the steadier the wind will become; morning westerlies, especially west of Mosier, could lose some quality due to mid-level clouds. Expect a slow build to 24-27 from Viento to Rufus today with 20-24 near Stevenson and 17-20 near Roosevelt. River flow is 133kcfs and temp is 68 degrees.

Offshore high pressure builds on Friday and clouds clear out of Portland earlier in the day. Models suggest 18-22 as a max, but it’s likely reality will beat that. Let’s go with 11-14 from Stevenson to Mosier in the morning and 19-22 from Stevenson to The Dalles in the afternoon. Light wind east of there.

Saturday’s interesting – the GFS and ECMWF don’t agree on the wind direction. With strong offshore high pressure and a forecast of cooler temps in Portland compared to the desert, westerlies are likely to persist. Let’s call it light and variable in the morning with W 14-17 from Stevenson to Mosier in the afternoon. I’m going way out on a limb here, and could be totally wrong, but let’s go with it for now and see what changes in the next couple model runs. As of this morning, Sunday looks like east wind at 15-20, and Monday through Wednesday bring a return to strong westerlies.

COAST, JONES, SAUVIE’S: Coast (north/central/south, wind N unless otherwise specified). Thursday: NW10-14/20-25/30-35+, NW swell 5′ at 9 seconds and SW 3′ @ 16 seconds. Friday: 15-20/25-30/35-40, NW 5′ @ 9. Saturday: NW20-25/NW20-25/N30-35, NW 5′ @ 8. Jones Thursday: 20-23. Friday: 19-22. Saturday: 10-13. Sauvie’s Thursday: 10-13. Friday: 13-16. Saturday: 5-10.

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast: on vacation unless needed!


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Hood River Weather Forecast

Partly cloudy sky this morning gives way to mostly clear sky this afternoon. Temps will be in the low 60’s early and mid 70’s later. Dewpoint and mugginess will decrease as the day goes on. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Friday looks sunny. Temps will be in the low 50’s (hell yes!) early and mid 70’s later. Light to moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Saturday looks sunny. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and low 80’s later. Light west wind. No rainbows.

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Road and Mountain Biking

All local trails are snow-free. The only unconfirmed trail I have right now is Huffman Peak. Apparently Boulder Lakes is quite overgrown. Mt. Margaret still has snow. Whoopdee is closed for logging, but Ronnoc trail and the climb out are open. Red Hill Road is supposedly closed for logging. Ride at your own risk. If you’re riding Underwood, please do not park at the trailhead as per request by SDS. Continue past the trailhead 0.5 miles or so to the new parking area. The cows are off Hospital Hill!

Upcoming Events

Today’s community activities include pickleball at The Dalles Readiness Center at 5. Dirty Fingers hosts the race-pace post n’ pint ride at 5:30 from the shop, and you’ll get a free pint of beer if you do the ride. There’s a low-cost yoga class at 6 at Samadhi in White Salmon, free Tai Chi at Our Savior Church in Bingen at 6, and Zumba at Mid-Valley elementary at 6:30. Tomorrow morning at 7am is the coffee and donut run at Kickstand Coffee in Hood River.

The Gorge Downwind Champs runs all week, with base camp at the Hood River Waterfront Park. Swing by and check out all the downwind floating objects. The Race Across Oregon, a 625 mile road bike race, kicks off from The Dalles on Saturday. Meadows has the Adventure Van Expo this weekend (Sprinter Vans!!!), and Cascade Locks has sailboat races. Stevenson has the Bridge of the Gods Kitefest under-18 freestyle kiteboarding Friday. The Blowout has been postponed until next weekend. There’s a by-donation meditation retreat at the Underwood Community Center on Sunday with internationally acclaimed teacher Willa Reid.

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Random Morning Thoughts: on vacation.


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Have an awesome day today!