Tuesday: wind, wind, etc.

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 June 18, 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 dappled sun on the buns
Steven’s Locks 5-10 10-16 16-20 20-24
Swell-Hood River G20-24 G20-24 G25-29? G25-29?
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 20-24 24-28 28-32 28-32
Rufus, etc. 20-24 24-28 28-32 28-32
Roosevelt & Arlington 5-10 13-16 20-24 24-28

Gorge Wind Forecast

I’m not sure if we’ve set some sort of record yet, but we must be on the way there; strong westerlies continues for the extended forecast period. Low pressure moving over the western half of the Northwest will shift the strongest wind eastward the farther we get into the week, and temps will drop over the next few days.

For Tuesday, partly cloudy sky in Hood River, a 1032mb high offshore, and gradients of .15 and .08 signal another strong day on the river. No-brainer call is Mosier to Rufus today for the strongest wind: 25-28 early and 28-32 this afternoon for that stretch of the river. Arlington starts with 5-10 and eventually builds to 25-28. The western Gorge is trickier today due to the clouds. Stevenson starts in the teens and builds to gusty 20-24. Viento to Hood River start with gusty 20-24+. If the clouds burn back, as they likely will, we’ll have gusty 25-29 from Viento to Hood River. Feels better for those of you who need to stay close to home, right?

On to Wednesday. NWS calls it a “cooling trend”. That means more clouds for the western Gorge and more incentive to drive eastward. Morning wind starts with 24-28 from Mosier to Rufus. Gusty 20-24 west of there. 5-10 near Roosevelt. Let the desert warm for a few hours, and the wind will pick up to gusty 20-24 from Stevenson to Mosier with 28-32 from Rowena to Threemile.

Thursday looks downright chilly and cloudy in Hood River with a wee chance of showers. Driving east is the call. In the west, morning wind will be 7-10. afternoon wind: 13-16. West on Thursday, by the way, means Stevenson to either Mosier or Doug’s. Safest bet will be to drive east of The Dalles where you’ll find 24-27 early and 29-33 in the afternoon.

COAST, JONES, SAUVIE’S: Coast (north/central/south, wind N unless otherwise specified). Tuesday: 15-20/20-25/30-35+, NW swell 5′ at 10 seconds. Wednesday: W5-10/15-20/30-35+, W 6′ @ 9. Thursday: NW 10/NW 5/ 20-25+, NW 6′ @ 8. Jones Tuesday: 22-25. Wednesday: 16-19. Thursday: 7-10. Sauvie’s Tuesday: 10-13. Wednesday: 13-16. Thursday: 10-13.

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Hood River Weather Forecast

Partly cloudy sky this morning gives way to sunshine this afternoon. Temps will be in the low 60’s early and upper 70’s later. Strong west wind. No rainbows. Wednesday looks mostly cloudy early and sunny later. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and low 70’s in the afternoon. Strong west wind. No rainbows. Thursday looks cloudy to start and partly cloudy in the afternoon. Sprinkles are possible in the morning. Temps will be near 50 early and in the mid 60’s later. Light to moderate westerlies. 37% chance of rainbows.

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Road and Mountain Biking

Plains of Abraham is reportedly open. Fifteenmile is open. I saw a Strava on Gunsight, so that’s open too, which means 450 should be accessible (no confirmation of that). 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 off Hospital Hill now!

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.

Columbia Riverkeeper has a work party with snacks and drinks at Nichols Boat Basin tomorrow night at 6pm. On Friday, you can hike up to Illumination Saddle above Timberline on Mt. Hood for the annual summer solstice party. If that’s too far, head to the waterfront park in Hood River for a free concert featuring Kingsley Music.

Saturday’s the Wild Woman marathon and relay in Trout Lake, the Gorge Ride in The Dalles, the Grand Opening of the Gorge Fly Shop, Hood River Yacht Club’s opening day, Pups in the Park in Parkdale, and a bird walk with somebody named Ken.

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Have an awesome day today!