Tuesday: hot today, windy for the rest of the week!

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 August 13, 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 LTW LTW 8-11 11-14
Swell-Hood River LTW LTW 8-11 11-14+
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena LTW LTW LTW LTW
Rufus, etc. LTW LTW LTW LTW
Roosevelt & Arlington LTW LTW LTW LTW

Gorge Wind Forecast

Today’s A Tuesday’s starting out with almost no wind – it’s not quite glassy enough for perfect wakeboarding or rowing, but it’s pretty darn close. The wind slowly builds into foil zone on Tuesday afternoon. For the rest of the week, probably also through the weekend, we’re looking at stronger westerlies, day after day.

Tuesday’s going to be light and variable for the morning and possibly early afternoon. We’ll see weak thermals later in the day, perhaps 11-14 from Stevenson to Moiser. The Euro is a little more aggressive with the wind, offering up 14-17 from Stevenson to Moiser. Given the offshore situation and early gradient of exactly 0.00, I’m going to vote for the lesser wind. River flow is 111kcfs and temp is 70 degrees.

Weak offshore high pressure combines with the desert heat low on Wednesday for a round of stronger westerlies. Morning wind won’t be much to write home about – 9-12 from Viento to Hood River with 5-8 in other locations. We’ll see a quick build to 24-27 from Stevenson to The Dalles with 13-16 at Rufus and 7-10 near Roosevelt.

A weak system approaches from BC on Thursday. Deeper marine clouds result, setting up a stronger wind day. Pacific high pressure will also be in place, adding some extra oomph to the wind. Morning westerlies start at 19-22 from Viento to Moiser with 10-13 other locations. Afternoon: 25-28 from Stevenson to The Dalles with a chance of a bit more. 22-25 at Rufus. 10-13 farther east.

Models are bouncing around and not agreeing with each other over the weekend. The general picture is for strong westerlies. Models disagree on the strongest day; the GFS gives us a nuker on Saturday, and the Euro brings one on Sunday. That’s all good news for the Paddle Challenge downwinder. Not so great for the slalom race! Last I heard, the Kitefest Blowout was hoping for Sunday. The extended forecast suggests that might just work out okay.

COAST, JONES, SAUVIE’S: Coast (north/central/south, wind N unless otherwise specified). Tuesday: LTNW/NW5/N20-25, SW swell 2′ at 15 seconds. Wednesday: 15-20/15-20/30-35, SW 2′ @ 16. Thursday: 5-10/15-20/30-35+, SW 2′ @ 16. Jones Tuesday: 18-22. Wednesday: 18-22. Thursday: 20-23. Sauvie’s Tuesday: 10-13 late. Wednesday: 12-15. Thursday: 12-15.

Hood River Weather Forecast

Tuesday will be sunny. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and near 90 later. Light to moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Wednesday also looks sunny. Temps will be near 60 early and in the upper 80’s later. Moderate to strong westerlies. No rainbows. Thursday will be sunny with scattered high clouds. Temps will be near 60 early and near 80 later. Strong westerlies. No rainbows.

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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

Today’s events start with the 6am free cup of coffee run at Kainos in The Dalles. At 5 tonight, it’s Quattro board night at the Gorge Surf Shop – with snacks, of course. There’s an hour-long meditation at 5:15 at Samadhi in white Salmon with the Pacific Hermitage Monks, and there’s a shorter sit at 6:30. There’s a by-donation women’s fitness camp at 6 at Columbia High school, free yoga for people under 18 at HAVEN in The Dalles at 6, and triathlon practice at Mayer Park at 6pm

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!