Tuesday-Wednesday: windy, rainy, frosty…

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 October 8, 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 clear sky scattered buns
Steven’s Locks 10-15 16-20 16-20 10-15
Swell-Hood River 16-20 20-24 24-27 16-20
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 15-19 15-19 20-24 15-19
Rufus, etc. G26-30 G26-30 G26-30 G26-30
Roosevelt & Arlington G26-30 G26-30 G26-30 G26-30

Gorge Wind Forecast

A pair of cold fronts moving across the region on Tuesday combine with offshore high pressure for a day of strong, gusty westerlies. Wednesday is a transition day, as high pressure and cold air pours into the desert. Strong easterlies stick around for Thursday and Friday.

Tuesday starts off with strong west gradients as offshore high pressure combines with eastside troughing (low pressure). With gradients and .13 and .12 and assistance from offshore high pressure, westerlies should stick around all day. Expect gusty 26-30 east of The Dalles all day. Areas under the clouds in the west will see, for the most part, gusty 16-20. However, there may be a midday bump to 24-27 before rain moves in. Viento, as usual during storm passages, is also quite windy – it was reading in the 30’s this morning. You’ll likely find strong, gusty wind there all day. However, increasing rain after noon or so will make for unpleasant conditions. River flow is 68,000cfs and temp is 60 degrees.

Wednesday starts light and variable with west wind at 10-13 in the eastern Gorge. High pressure intensifies in the desert, leading to widespread easterlies at 10mph on Wednesday afternoon under clear sky. Thursday starts with E 40 at Rooster, E 30 at Stevenson, and E 25 near Viento. Easterlies continue all day, dropping 5-10mph after noon. Friday starts out similar – E 40 at Rooster and slightly less in other locations. By Friday afternoon, easterlies drop to 15-20mph.

More “active” weather with a chance of precipitation returns for the weekend. That returns the wind direction to westerly. I”ll be on vacation for 8 days starting Friday.

COAST, JONES, SAUVIE’S: Coast (north/central/south, wind N unless otherwise specified – swell forecast courtesy of National Weather Service). Tuesday: 15-20/15-20/25-30, NW swell 10′ at 10 seconds. Wednesday: 15-20/20-25/30-35+, NW 7′ @ 10. Thursday: 10-15/15-20/25-30, NW 4′ @ 9. Jones Tuesday: 10-13. Wednesday-Thursday: nope. Sauvie’s Tuesday: NW 12-15. Wednesday-Thursday: nope.

Hood River Weather Forecast

Partly cloudy sky early turns increasingly cloudy with rain this afternoon and a wee chance of thunder. Temps will be in the mid 50’s all day. Moderate to strong westerlies. 99% chance of rainbows. Wednesday may start out with a partial Nothing and will definitely end up sunny. Away from that Nothing, temps drop below freezing for a frost with patches of ice on the roads. Temps will be in the low 30’s early and upper 50’s in the afternoon. Light east wind. No rainbows. Thursday looks dry and sunny with a freeze in the morning. Temps will be in the low 30’s early and mid 50’s in the afternoon. East wind. No rainbows.

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Road and Mountain Biking

HRATS have a trail work party meeting on Saturday the 12th at Family Man Staging Area at 9:30am. There’s a HRATS fundraiser at Double Mountain on Wednesday night. There’s brown pow out there everywhere, so go get it. Logging is finished on the Whoopdee trail. The southern 1/3 of the trail is gone, but you are welcome to go up there and ride and check it out. Ronnoc trail is still open and good to go, as is the climb out.

130,140, Borderline, and the jump trails in the 150 area are closed for timber harvesting. Upper 8 Track is now closed due to logging. Motorized use is now permitted in Post (thanks, rain!), east side and Middle Mountain. 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

It’s Tuesday: at 6am on Tuesday’s, you can do the Kaino’s coffee run in The Dalles for a free cup of coffee, or you can do Zen meditation at Trinity Natural Medicine in Hood River. At 5:15 tonight, there’s a silent hour of meditation at Yoga Samadhi, and there’s guided meditation at 6:30. Columbia High School hosts a by-donation women’s track and fitness camp at 5:30, triathlon practice is at Mayer Park at 6, there’s free youth yoga at HAVEN in The Dalles at 6, and there’s Zumba Gold at the Hood River Adult Center at 6. There is a Post Canyon fundraiser hosted by the HRATS at Double Mountain on Wednesday evening at 6pm.

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