Tuesday: hot, muggy, then windy

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 June 11, 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 E10-15 E20-25 E10-15 E5-10
Steven’s Locks E10-15 E20-25 E10-15 E5-10
Swell-Hood River LTE LTE LTE LTE
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena LTE LTE LTE LTE
Rufus, etc. LTE LTE LTE LTE
Roosevelt & Arlington LTE LTE LTE LTE

Gorge Wind Forecast

While today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday, still following Tuesday), bring nothing more than moderate easterlies, you’ll want to prepare yourself for the Thursday-onward stretch. Models agree that strong westerlies will arrive Thursday and stick around for several days.

Before we get to those strong westerlies, let’s talk about Tuesday. A heat low in the western half of the state joins with inland high pressure for light offshore flow. Easterlies at 10-15 early build to 20-24 from Rooster to Stevenson with 10-15 at Viento. After noon, the wind will fade, ending up at E 5-10 or less. River flow is 200kcfs and temp is 60 degrees. Incidentally, the high temp today will be 92 and muggy, so you’ll want to get in the river.

Wednesday looks nearly identical to Tuesday. Easterlies at 15-20 from Stevenson to Viento fade to calm conditions after 1pm. That’s the time to take any floating object you own, place it in the Columbia, and don’t leave until sunset.

Everything changes on Thursday as cooler air arrives in Portland. The day starts with Dawn Patrol at 23-26 from Stevenson to The Dalles. Given the continuation of warmth and sunshine in the metro area, it’s likely the wind may turn gusty in the afternoon in the Central Gorge. Don’t you worry – the afternoon forecast is still 24-27 from Stevenson to Mosier (gusty and less from Swell to Hood River) with 28-32 from Rowena to Rufus. Although models are predicting lots of wind at Arlington too, I’m guessing it’ll be in the 24-27 range out there.

If you do want some Far East Gorge, you’ll have your chance Friday through Monday. Offshore high pressure combines with a heat low in the desert for an extended stretch of 28-31+ that touches all Gorge launches at some point. Reminder: there is a CGW2 swap at Luhr Jensen on Saturday.

COAST, JONES, SAUVIE’S: Coast (north/central/south, wind N unless otherwise specified). Tuesday: 20-25/15-20/no, W swell 4′ at 9 seconds. Wednesday: LTW/LTW/LTW, W 5′ @ 10. Thursday: 10-15/20-25/30-35, W 4′ @ 10. Jones Tuesday: nope. Wednesday: 25-28. Thursday: 25-28. Sauvie’s Tuesday: nope. Wednesday: 10-13 late. Thursday: 21-24.  

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast: on vacation unless needed!


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Hood River Weather Forecast

It’s a sunny and muggy morning, and guess what? It’ll be sunny and muggy all day! It’s possible a few clouds could form in the moisture this afternoon, but not much else will happen. Temps will be near 60 early and in the low 90’s later. East wind. No rainbows. Wednesday looks warm and muggy early (66!) and hot and muggy later (94!). There’s a chance of some thunderheads building in the afternoon. East wind early turns calm in the afternoon. 0.4% chance of rainbows. Thursday looks warm and muggy early and warm and muggy later. Temps will be in the mid 60’s early and mid 80’s later. Strong west wind. No rainbows.   Looking for a complete Columbia Gorge forecast? Looking for more humor in your weather? Obscenities? You’re looking for my TATAS: Temira’s Awesome Travel Advisory Service on Facebook.  

Road and Mountain Biking

Plains of Abraham is reportedly open according to people who rode it yesterday and then came into Dirty Fingers. 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 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

Events today include beginning Tai Chi at the Hood River Adult Center at 9:30. Then this evening, there’s silent meditation at 5:15 at Yoga Samadhi and guided meditation at 6:30. There’s free yoga for the under-18 crowd at HAVEN at 5, Zumba Gold at the Hood River Adult Center at 6, and triathlon practice at Mayer Park in Rowena at 6. Comping up this weekend, the Pistol River Wave Bash kicks off in Gold Beach. Maryhill Museum has free admission for locals. On Saturday: the Gorge Hops and Hogs Fest in The Dalles, the White Salmon Backyard Half Marathon and 4 miler, the Wy’East Wonder 50k Ultra, a swap meet at Luhr Jensen, 12 Hours of Post, a Trailkeepers work party at Punchbowl Falls in Dee (register on EventBrite), and the Grand Opening party for the Hood River Pumptrack at Golden Eagle Park. At 9:30am Saturday, Shortt Supply has the Dad Bod run, a 3 mile jog for all bodies. There’s a trail work party at Wahkeena Falls Sunday (register with TKO on EventBrite).  

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Random Morning Thoughts: on vacation.

  Click here for the full events calendar. Have an awesome day today! Temira