Tuesday: incoming “weather”

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 August 20, 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 incoming weather outgoing buns
Steven’s Locks LTV LTW 10-13 G20-24
Swell-Hood River LTV LTW 10-13 G20-24
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena LTV LTW 10-13 G20-24
Rufus, etc. LTV LTW G10-13 G18-22
Roosevelt & Arlington LTV LTV LTW G10-13

Gorge Wind Forecast

Today’s A It’s Tuesday morning, and the river is sure un-Gorge-like this morning. Westerlies return later Tuesday afternoon. A cold front accompanied by rain swings through on Wednesday and is chased by building offshore high pressure. That’s a decent setup for westerlies, but not a decent setup for a precise forecast. The weather settles down on Thursday for a steadier, more predictable day. Same for Friday. .

Tuesday morning will be light as offshore pressure drops in response to an approaching low. The desert heat low will likely win the pressure drop today. Result: westerlies slowly build to 10-13 by early afternoon. Later on, we’re under the influence of an approaching front. That takes the wind to gusty 20-24ish from Stevenson to The Dalles mid-afternoon on. Rufus will likely hit the upper teens early in the evening, and Roosevelt maybe 10-13.

A cold front swings through on Wednesday bringing significant or not-measurable rainfall. In other words, models and their ensembles don’t agree on what will happen. A precise and accurate wind forecast under these conditions is impossible! So.. best guess: light and variable in the west in the morning with gusty 12-16 east of The Dalles. The western Gorge stays light to 5-8 all day due to rain. Rowena to Roosevelt picks up to 22-25 from late morning on ahead of the front, spikes for a short period in the afternoon, and then quickly falls back to gusty 18-23 or less under cloudy and potentially rainy sky. Offshore high pressure building behind this front makes the possibility of wind higher than without it. If the far-east Gorge can stay clear and dry, we could see steadier, longer-lasting wind out there.

On to Thursday: offshore high pressure and inland low pressure combine with high humidity for a day you’ll want to be on the water. Morning westerlies will be 16-19 from Viento to Swell. By late morning, wind should beat the models with 23-26 from Stevenson to Mosier with 18-22 for the Rowena stretch. Friday looks similar, but gustier in the afternoon.

COAST, JONES, SAUVIE’S: Coast (north/central/south, wind N unless otherwise specified). Tuesday: S15-20/SW10-15/S10, NW swell 4′ at 9 seconds. Wednesday: LTW/LTW/LTV, W 8′ @ 11 – surfing weather! Thursday: 15-20/15-20/30-40, NW 6′ @ 9. Jones Tuesday/Wednesday: nope! Thursday: 10-13. Sauvie’s Tuesday/Wednesday: nada. Thursday: 11-14.

Hood River Weather Forecast

Clear sky this morning adds high clouds this afternoon. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and upper 80’s later. Open window early. Close them when equilibrium is reached. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Wednesday looks cloudy, rainy, and then partly to mostly cloudy. Temps will be near 60 early and in the low 70’s later. MUGGY. Light west wind. 99% chance of rainbows. Thursday starts out cloudy and turns sunny. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and upper 70’s in the afternoon. Not as muggy as Wednesday, but still muggy, at least in the morning! Moderate 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

This morning’s the Kaino’s coffee run in The Dalles at 6am – run, get coffee. 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.

Fun events this week include Nancy’s kickball classic on Wednesday at Collins Field in Hood River. First Light Academy in Hood River has a free anti-bullying class for youth athletes on Thursday. Saturday’s Meet a Horse day at the Hood River Saddle Club, and Sunday’s a kids’ mountain bike race at Family Man in Post Canyon. The King-Queen of the Hook longboard freestyle event is Saturday 5-8pm at The Hook.

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Have an awesome day today!