Victoria Day Gorge Forecast

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 May 21, 2012

Fresh Fish in the Gorge

Good morning,

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Spring is coming back for a couple of days with showers and cooler temperatures. Along with the spring weather, we’ll have a return to west wind this afternoon. 5-10 this morning builds to 15-18 in the Central Gorge this afternoon with gusty 23-26 east of The Dalles. Tomorrow starts off with west wind at 10-15 early, picking up to 23-26 east of The Dalles in the afternoon. The wind looks a bit stronger on Wednesday, as high pressure starts to rebuild over the Pacific.

I’ve had a few people ask what time it’s going to rain. Well, there’s a chance all day, but the wettest will likely be from 2pm to midnight, with showers continuing through tomorrow and then again through Wednesday morning, when the weather becomes less wet. After midnight tonight, the snow level and freezing level drop to 4000′ or so, holding at that level or a bit less, at times thousands of feet less, through Wednesday. Break out the puffy coat, because it’s going to be a hot fashion item the next couple of nights.

If you’re out doing any boating of any sort through Friday, remember it’s National Safe Boating Week, and today is thunderstorm awareness day. There are no thunderstorms in the forecast, which isn’t stopping a whole s**tton of thunderstorms from crossing the Coast Range right now. You wouldn’t want to be boating there at this time. Tomorrow comes a reminder to not drink and boat. Of course, none of you would do that. Speaking of boating, the White Salmon’s at 4.6ft, the Klickitat’s at 3300 cfs and the Columbia’s 408,000cfs.

In events this week The Hood River Triathlon Club meets tomorrow at the east end of the Event Site at 6pm for a mini triathlon workout. Then on Wednesday, there’s the Kayak Shed’s whitewater shop paddle, the Dirty Fingers Post and Pinot women’s bike ride, and sailboat races out of the Hood River Marina.

Have an awesome day today!


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