Thursday: westerlies on the river, brown pow on the trails

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 May 23, 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 sun comes so do bare buns
Steven’s Locks 5-10 5-10 10-13 15-18
Swell-Hood River 5-10 10-13 15-18 15-18
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 5-10 5-10 LTE LTE
Rufus, etc. 5-10 5-10 LTE LTE
Roosevelt & Arlington 5-10 5-10 LTE LTE

Gorge Wind Forecast

Yesterday’s wind definitely beat the models, which were calling for no wind at all.. Today’s three-day forecast is easier, thankfully! For Thursday, we’ll have offshore high pressure and inland low pressure. Despite Nothing clouds over the Gorge, morning gradients were .07 and .01. River flow is 288kcfs and river temp is 54 degrees. The day starts with 5-10 through the entire Gorge, except at Viento, where the wind will foreshadow today’s forecast: 15-18 there this morning. As the day warms into the 70’s, the wind will slowly pick up to 15-18 from Stevenson to Mosier this afternoon.

Strong offshore high pressure on Friday combines with a low dropping from BC into the Northwest. Morning westerlies start at 24-27 from Viento to Arlington. Showers in the western Gorge make the Stevenson to Viento stretch gusty and inhospitable all day. The rest of the Gorge: at least gusty 24-28 from Hood River to Mosier with 30-33 from Rowena to Boardman. Put your small gear in the car!

Remnants of Friday’s perfect setup stick around Saturday. Morning wind at 5-10 everywhere picks up to 12-15 from Stevenson to Doug’s. The Dalles to Rufus maxes out at 24-27 on Saturday. Models disagree on the extent of rain for Saturday; GFS keeps it west of Hood River, but the Euro takes it to The Dalles. This will, of course, affect the location of the strongest wind. Sunday currently looks like 16-19 centered from Stevenson to Mosier.

JONES, SAUVIE’S, COAST: Jones Thursday: 25-29. Friday; 5-10. Saturday: 10-13. Sauvie’s Thursday: 10-13. Friday: 10-13. Saturday: nope. Coast (north,central, south. Wind is N unless otherwise specified). Thursday: NW10-15/NW10-15/30-35, NW swell 7′ at 9 seconds. Friday: NW20-25/NW20-25/30-35, NW 9′ @ 8. Saturday: NW15-20/NW10-15/20-25, NW 12′ @ 11.

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Hood River Weather Forecast

A very late-season Nothing is hanging over the Gorge this morning, but it will burn off this afternoon. Expect muggy weather all day with the dewpoint near 50. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and upper 70’s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Friday starts with a deep marine layer and turns partly cloudy. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and mid 60’s in the afternoon. Very strong west wind. 3% chance of rainbows. Saturday looks partly cloudy to clear early with a chance of afternoon showers. Temps will be int eh upper 40’s early and mid 60’s later. Moderate to strong westerlies. 2% chance of rainbows, unless the Euro wins the forecast battle. If it does, 99% chance of rainbows.

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Road and Mountain Biking

If you’re looking for Brown Pow, you’ll find it all over the place. Post is good, very good, PR good. Knebal, 8-Mile, Bottle Prairie and Surveyor’s are “open with patches of snow”, according to 44 Trails Association. 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 bottom. Lower Lewis River is open.
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 out on Hospital Hill, which happens to be private land owned by the Kreps family. Do not take your dog or you 1) endanger the life of your dog and 2) endanger access to the land for everyone.

Upcoming Events

There are quite a few community events today, starting with by-donation yoga at 8:30 at Flow in Hood River. Tai Chi runs from 1 to 3:15 at the Hood River Adult Center. You can play pickleball this evening at The Dalles Readiness Center. Family-friendly mountain biking and a free kids bike safety clinic is from 6 to 8 at Post Canyon’s Family Man. At 6, there’s by-donation 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.

The weekend’s as busy as today: Meadows is open for skiing, Rufus has a catfish derby, Lyle has pioneer days Saturday, and there are trail work parties at Surveyor’s Ridge (meet at Little John Snopark at 9am Saturday), Post Canyon’s 180 trail (Binn’s Hill 9am Saturday), and Punchbowl Falls in Dee (sign up on EventBrite). There’s a campout and open house at Ekone Ranch in Goldendale Saturday, where you can learn about “natural burial”. The Sisters Stampede mountain bike race is Sunday.

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Have an awesome day today!