Thursday: ready for a stretch of windy days?

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 August 15, 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 sunny bunnies tanning buns
Steven’s Locks 13-16 16-20 23-26 23-26
Swell-Hood River 21-24 25-28 25-28 21-24
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 13-16 16-20 25-28 25-28
Rufus, etc. 15-18 15-18 20-23 20-23
Roosevelt & Arlington 15-18 15-18 15-18 15-18

Gorge Wind Forecast

Today’s A A darn fine setup is in place over the next four days or so. While there’s some model disagreement on which days will be the windiest, the general consensus is strong westerlies through Saturday. That’s good news for the Gorge Paddle Challenge and good news for the ever-so-patient Bridge of the Gods Kitefest Blowout.

For Thursday, we have high pressure off BC and low pressure inland. Early gradients of .12 and .05 are a good sign for the day. We’ll have 15-18 most places early with 22-25 from Viento to Hood River. The wind quickly picks up to 25-28 from Viento to Avery with 20-23 near Rufus and 23-26 near Stevenson. 15-18ish is the call for the Roosevelt area, but at least you might see some Bighorn Sheep on your way out there!

On to Friday… A deeper marine layer and NW upper flow combine for a solid day on the river. You want wind? You’ll have plenty. The day starts with 20-23 from Viento to Moiser. By late morning, the wind picks up to 25-28 from Stevenson to The Dalles. We’ll give it a big “+”, as in 25-28+ from Swell to Doug’s in the afternoon. Rufus? Probably 20-23, and less farther east.

Models disagree on the exact forecast for Saturday and Sunday. “Windy” is an apt description, with Saturday likely to be windier than Sunday. For now, let’s call it 27-31+ on Saturday and 24-27 on Sunday, but that’s subject to change. This “classic Gorge setup” weather pattern disintegrates next week for less steady, less consistent, less strong westerlies.

COAST, JONES, SAUVIE’S: Coast (north/central/south, wind N unless otherwise specified).Thursday: NW5/5-10/30-35, SW swell 2′ at 16 seconds. Friday: 5-10/15-20/30-40, W 5′ @ 16. Saturday: LTN/10-15/30-35, W 5′ @ 15. Jones Thursday: 12-15. Friday: 15-18. Saturday: 5-8. Sauvie’s Thursday: 10-13. Friday: 9-12. Saturday: 9-12.

Hood River Weather Forecast

Clear sky for Thursday: morning temps in the mid 60’s and afternoon temps in the low 80’s. Strong west wind. No rainbows. Friday looks clear. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and upper 70’s later. Strong westerlies. No rainbows. Saturday might have some low clouds in the morning. It’ll be sunny by afternoon. Temps will be near 60 early and in the mid 70’s later. Strong westerlies. No rainbows. Repeat for Sunday.

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Road and Mountain Biking

Industrial Fire Level is now Level III. Moto is no longer allowed on trails or unimproved roads, including in Post Canyon. Kreps land and SDS lands will close within the next couple of weeks due to fire danger – date is not yet set. Riorden Hill Road is closed between the end of the pavement and Family Man. Family Man is also closed, as is access to it, meaning you will need to choose other routes to Upper Post. Red Hill Road is theoretically closed to cars due to logging. Folks have ridden it on bikes on the weekend, but ride at your own risk. Chip sealing will happen on Highway 30 between Mosier and Rowena Crest August 12-14.

All local trails are open – I received confirmation of Huffman Peak too. Apparently Boulder Lakes is quite overgrown. 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, which means your dog can come along.

Upcoming Events

At 5 tonight, there’s pickleball at The Dalles readiness center. The race-pace Post n’ Pint ride happens at Dirty Fingers bike shop at 5:30 tonight. At 6, there’s paddling practice at the Event Site, $5 yoga at Samadhi in White Salmon, free Tai Chi at Our Savior Church in Bingen, and at 6:30, there’s Zumba at Mid-Valley Elementary.

This weekend is the Gorge Paddle Challenge at the Hood River Waterfront Park. The Bridge of the Gods Kitefest Blowout is hoping for Sunday to accommodate Bam-Bam’s memorial on Saturday. Cascade Locks has Pacific Crest Trail Days with demos and movies and gear displays Friday through Sunday. It’s probably not the best week to ride St. Helens – the St. Helens international trail festival (sold out) runs all week. Meadows has the “Makers Market” from 11-3 on Saturday. The Oregon Bigfoot Festival is Saturday in Troutdale, and the Gnar Gnar run is at Skibowl Sunday. The AWSI expo is all week in Hood River, registered industry folks only until Friday afternoon.

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Have an awesome day today!