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|Your favorite beach||Dawn
|Lyle to Doug’s||22-25||22-25||25-28||25-28|
|Roosevelt & Arlington||26-30||26-30||26-30||26-30|
Gorge Wind Forecast
A windy day is in the forecast today, and you’re going to want to get on it if you can. The next shot at strong westerlies isn’t until the middle of next week, at best. Westerlies in the upper teens to low twenties are forecast on Friday before we drop into a period of light wind Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
Don’t worry about that light wind forecast. Thursday will be plenty strong for most of you thanks to a trough along the coast (marine cloud maker), offshore high pressure (gradient assistant), and an eastern Oregon low that shifts slowly eastward (additional gradient assistant) The day starts with pressures of 30.07/29.96/29.88 for gradients of 0.11 and 0.08. Those numbers hint at the Mosier to Arlington stretch today once the sun comes up. Early wind will be in the 14-17 range under the marine clouds and as far east as Doug’s. Viento’s the usual exception; you’ll find 20-30 there. East of The Dalles, we’ll start with 24-27. Models still don’t agree on afternoon wind speeds. Let’s go with 14-17 from Stevenson to Hood River and 26-30 from Avery to Arlington. The Mosier-Rowena stretch will probably max out at gusty 23-26. River flow readings this morning are 68-85kcfs, river temp is 68F, and high temp forecast is 71F for Hood River and 72F for Arlington.
Friday sees less marine clouds on the west side and higher pressures on the east side as Thursday’s low exits the picture. The day starts with west wind at 9-12 all through the Gorge. Afternoon westerlies pick up to 18-22 from Stevenson to Mosier with 11-14 from Lyle to Doug’s. The Lyle-Doug’s stretch should eventually pick up to 18-22 as well. High temp: 74F.
Saturday looks light, variable, sunny, and warm with highs in the upper 70’s. Sunday brings easterlies at 10-15 to start the day. It’s possible offshore high pressure will turn gradients weakly onshore in the afternoon. There’s not much to talk about Monday or Tuesday. Maybe next Wednesday? Have fun today!
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Jones, Sauvie’s, Coast
Coast forecast (north/central/south, waves). Swell forecast provided by NWS. Wind direction northerly unless otherwise noted. Thursday: S2-25/LTSW/N5-10, NW swell 3′ @ 11 seconds. Friday: LTNW/N15-20/N25-30, NW 2′ @ 10. Saturday: 10-15+/15-20/30-35, NW 3′ @ 9. Jones Thursday: LTW. Friday: LTW. Saturday: 11-14. Sauvie’s Thursday: LTN. Friday: NW5-10. Saturday: N10-14.
Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – On vacation until next fall
Hood River Weather Forecast
Partly cloudy sky turns clear later. Temps will be in the low 60’s early and low 70’s this afternoon. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Friday may start with a few scattered pieces of Nothing, but it will end clear. Temps will be in the upper 40’s early and mid 70’s later. Light westerlies early. Moderate later. No rainbows. Saturday will be clear and sunny all day. Temps start in the upper 40’s and rise to the upper 70’s. Light and variable wind. No rainbows.
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Please let me know of outdoor-related local-ish events. If you don’t tell me, I don’t know! Regular weekly events: Ferment’s Tuesday night 4-mile walk/run is at 6pm. The Columbia Gorge Tri Club has a weekly workout at Mayer Park in Rowena at 6pm Tuesdays. At 7:15am on Wednesdays, there’s a run from the White Salmon Bakery. At 7am on Friday morning, you can get a donut and coffee for going for a run at Kickstand Coffee. The Small Boat paddlers have a group paddle at 6pm on Thursday at the Hatchery. Post and Pint happens Thursday evenings at 5:30. The women’s Post-and-Pinot ride is Wednesday evening at 5:30.
It’s still dusty and dry! All Hood River County trails are closed to motorized use until further notice. These trails are closed to all uses: Hospital Hill, Underwood, Whoopdee, and any lands Owned or Managed by American Forest Management, Broughton Lumber Company, DGS Timber, Green Diamond, Kreps Ranch, Kreps Family LLC, Lupine Forest, Manulife Forest Management, Twin Creeks Timber, and Western Pacific Timber, LLC in Klickitat, Skamania, Stevens, Yakima, Hood River and Wasco counties.
Other news: some nice Hood River folks went and cleared the Smith Creek trail by St. Helens. That loop is now open. As a matter of fact, I’m not sure of anything being closed. No report yet on Boulder Lakes or Gunsight, but I’m sure someone will email me after changing this. Caveats: the road connecting Plains of Abraham to Smith Creek closes at noon Monday-Friday and will not be open to bikers during that time. Courtney Road (the road that goes up above Syncline) is closed until October. Do not attempt to use it to access trails. If you’re riding Post Canyon, you will need a parking pass. Those can be purchased at many local shops or online.
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