Thursday: some rain, some wind, some mountain snow…

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 September 12, 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 buns sunny buns
Steven’s Locks LTV LTV 5-8 13-16
Swell-Hood River LTV LTV 5-8 13-16
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena LTV LTV 5-8 13-16
Rufus, etc. LTV LTV LTV LTV
Roosevelt & Arlington LTV LTV LTV LTV

Gorge Wind Forecast

Judging by this morning, we’re really making the transition into fall – temps were near 50 in Hood River. As overnight temps drop, it gets harder for daytime heating to help power the wind. So, we shift into a more dynamically driven setup. All that aside, we’ll have light to moderate westerlies for the next few days followed by a light and variable and rainy Sunday.

Thursday starts totally light and variable. Remember that the river level will be abnormally low while repairs are made on the locks. Westerlies languish in the morning hours, picking up to 8-11 from Stevenson to Hood River after 2pm. As a weather system approaches this evening, the wind will climb to gusty 13-16 from Stevenson to The Dalles for the after-work session.

Friday sees a weak weather system move through early. Clouds hang out in the western Gorge all day. Morning wind starts at 5-8 from Stevenson to Doug’s with 10-13 east of The Dalles. Afternoon wind stays at 8-11 under clouds int eh west. Launches from Rowena to Arlington build to gusty 21-24.

Saturday starts light and variable. As yet another weather system approaches in the afternoon, westerlies pick up in response. You’ll find gusty 15-18 from Stevenson to The Dalles in the afternoon. Sunday looks light, variable, and wet. Models are hinting at offshore high pressure and inland low pressure for the middle of next week. If that forecast pans out, we’ll see a few days of moderate to (maybe?) strong westerlies.

COAST, JONES, SAUVIE’S: Coast (north/central/south, wind N unless otherwise specified – swell forecast courtesy of National Weather Service). Thursday: S15-20/LTW/N15-20, W swell 5′ at 9 seconds. Friday: LTW/LTW/20-25, W 7′ @ 11. Saturday: W5-10/LTW/N15-20. Jones Thursday: 5-8. Friday: LTW. Saturday: nope. Sauvie’s Thursday: nope. Friday: 5-8 late. Saturday: nope.

Hood River Weather Forecast

Partly Clear sky today turns cloudy overnight with sprinkles possible after midnight. Temps will be near 50 early and near 80 later. Light wind early, slightly more later. No rainbows. Friday starts with a cold front, clouds, and sprinkles and stays at least partly cloudy all day. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and low 70’s in the afternoon. Light west wind. 99% chance of rainbows. Saturday starts with a Nothing and adds high clouds. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early an d mid 70’s later. Light wind early. Moderate later. No rainbows. Sunday brings heavy rain in the morning (snow level 8000′) and showers later. 99% chance of rainbows.

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Road and Mountain Biking

Upper 8 Track in Post Canyon is now closed due to logging. Chipseal is good to go between Mosier and Rowena crest and also on Kingsley Road, if you’d like to suffer. As for Kreps/SDS lands… they have remained open all summer, for the first time in a long time!

All other trails are open. 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

Events today include day one of the Hood River Tennis Tournament, with proceeds benefiting the Tsuruta court maintenance fund. Community events today pickleball at 5 at The Dalles Readiness Center, the race-pace Post n’ Pint mountain bike ride from Dirty Fingers at 5:30 with vastly improved trail conditions. At 6, there’s $5 yoga at Samadhi in White Salmon, Tai Chi at our Savior church in Bingen, and Zumba at 6:30 at Mid-valley elementary.

If you can spend time on the trails this week, do it, because the recent rains have knocked down the dust. If you want to give back to trails, there’s a work party on the 170 and 180 meeting at Binn’s Hill Staging Area at 9am on Saturday morning. This work party is intended to extend the 170 (Dirt Surfer) to Kingsley Staging Area. The Special Olympics paper shred day is Saturday at Hood River Rite Aid from 10-2. There’s “Sketchbook Saturdays” a teen drawing meetup, at Dog River Coffee every Saturday from 2 to 4. Rockford Grange has an ice cream social on Sunday at 4:30.

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Have an awesome day today!