Thursday: another round of westerlies!

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 June 20, 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 dappled sun on the buns
Steven’s Locks G15-20 G15-20 G18-22 G18-22
Swell-Hood River G15-20 G15-20 G18-22 G18-22
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 20-23 23-27 27-31 27-31
Rufus, etc. 20-23 23-27 27-31 27-31
Roosevelt & Arlington 20-23 23-27 27-31 27-31

Gorge Wind Forecast

Westerlies back off a wee bit today before rebounding Friday and holding in the extra-strong range through the weekend. Low pressure moves in off the coast on Monday for weaker westerlies for at least a few days.

For today, expect less folks on the water because the folks who were out yesterday are “wrecked” as stated in a text I just received. With clouds all over the place and rain falling in the eastern Gorge to start the day, you’ll want to wait a few hours before jumping in the river. Mornign westerlies will be up and down in the 15-20 range most places. As a weak system exits to the east, the wind will steady out and pick up. By early afternoon, you’ll find gusty 18- 22 from Stevenson to Mosier and 27-31 from Rowena to Rufus. Roosevelt will stay a bit lighter today, maxing out at 23-26.

Strong offshore high pressure continues Friday as a trough slides inland from BC. Pressure readings drop east of the Cascades. Result: strong wind. Morning westerlies will be 10-13 near Stevneson, 25-28 from Viento to Moiser, and 20-23 east of there. It won’t take too long for the clouds to burn off. When that happens, the wind rises steadily to the 30-33 range from Viento to Roosevelt with 26-30 near Stevenson.

Deeper marine clouds on Sunday signal another round of nuking west wind: 25-29 Dawn Patrol from Hood River to The Dalles with 30-33 from Stevenson to Threemile in the afternoon. Looking for lighter wind? Wait until Monday. Offshore low pressure moves in and drops the wind to 16-19, concentrated from Stevenson to Mosier.

COAST, JONES, SAUVIE’S: Coast (north/central/south, wind N unless otherwise specified). Thursday: NW10/NW5/20-25, NW swell 6′ at 8 seconds. Friday: NW5/NW5/30-35, NW 7′ @ 9. Saturday: LTN/10-15/30-35, NW 5′ @ 8. Jones Thursday: 16-19. Friday: 10-13. Saturday: 16-19. Sauvie’s Thursday: 8-11. Friday: 8-11. Saturday: 12-15.

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Hood River Weather Forecast

It’ll be a partly cloudy Thursday in Hood River. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and mid 60’s later. Moderate westerlies. 3% chance of rainbows. Friday looks partly cloudy in the morning and sunny in the afternoon. Temps will be near 50 early and near 70 later. Strong westerlies. No rainbows. Saturday looks mostly sunny. Temps will be near 50 early and in the mid 70’s later. Strong westerlies. No rainbows. Sunday may be partly cloudy to start but it’ll end up sunny. Strong westerlies continue.

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Road and Mountain Biking

Plains of Abraham is reportedly open. Fifteenmile is open. 450 is open. I saw a Strava on Gunsight, so that’s open too with confirmed patches of snow. 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 top. Lower Lewis River is open. Despite advice to the contrary, Red Hill Road was open to bikes on Saturday, 6/1. Proof is on The Strava. 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 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 off Hospital Hill now!

Upcoming Events

Community events today start with by-donation yoga at Flow at 8:30. There are several Tai Chi classes at the Hood River adult center during the day. In the evening, there’s pickleball at 5 at The Dalles Readiness Center, the race-pace Post n’ Pint mountain bike ride from Dirty Fingers at 5:30. At 6, there’s family mountain biking at Post Canyon’s Family Man, paddling practice at the Hood River Event Site, yoga at Samadhi in White Salmon, Tai Chi at our saveiro church in Bingen, and Zumba at 6:30 at Mid-valley elementary. There are free surfski demos at 6pm at Nichols Boat Basin. At 7am on Friday, there’s the Kickstand Coffee Run, where jogging or walking 4 miles gets you a free cup of coffee and a donut.

Saturday’s events: the Wave Bash continues at Pistol River. Gorge Fly Shop has a grand opening party. The Gorge Ride happens in The Dalles. The Vortex Paddle Series has a downwinder from Viento to Hood River. Trout Lake hosts the Wild Woman Relay, marathon, and 50k. There’s a bird walk with a guy named Ken in Washougal at Seigerwalk Wildlife Refuge. Trailkeepers has a work party at Punchbowl Falls. At 11, the Pups in the Park fundraiser kicks off in Parkdale at Hutson Museum Park, and the Hood River Yacht Club has opening day with free wailboat rides from 10 to 5.

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Have an awesome day today!