Wednesday: another round of strong westerlies.

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 June 19, 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 G18-24 G18-24 G18-24 G18-24
Swell-Hood River G18-24 G18-24 G18-24 G18-24
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena G18-22 G18-22 G26-29 G26-29
Rufus, etc. 30-35+ 30-35+ 30-35+ 30-35+
Roosevelt & Arlington 20-25 25-30 30-35 30-35

Gorge Wind Forecast

The extended streak of strong west wind continues today and all the way through the weekend. Wednesday morning gradients started with .14 and .11. That’s quite big. Combine that with low clouds drifting well past Hood River for a suggestion to drive somewhere east for the strongest and steadiest wind. River flow this morning is 135kcfs and temp is 63 degrees.

Mornings usually start with wind speeds all over the map, and today is no exception: teens in Stevenson, 20’s near Hood River and Rowena and Roosevelt, 36 (wow) at Maryhill, and a guess of 30’s for Mosier (because it’s always windy there in the morning). Best bet today is Avery to Arlington: 30-35. If the clouds clear near Rowena, the wind will pick up to 26-29 there, but it’ll be gusty. Mosier: probably windy. Let’s give Stevenson to Hood River a repeat of yesterday: gusty 18-24.

Strong offshore high pressure continues on Thursday along with deep clouds and a wee chance of showers. You will be driving for wind. Additional piece of information: an afternoon shortwave will kick off a little instability, contributing to gustiness and unreliability in the wind field. So… The western Gorge on Thursday: 7-10 in the morning and gusty 20-24 from mid-afternoon on. Areas east of Mosier: 20-23 in the morning and up-and-down 28-32 from Rowena to Roosevelt.

On to Friday: Very strong synoptic-scale (far-reaching) gradients contribute to another strong day. Morning wind will be 12-15 in the west and 18-22 east of The Dalles. Afternoon wind: 24-27 from Stevenson to Avery and 7-10 in the eastern Gorge. Ya weren’t expecting that, were you? High pressure building over the area clears the sky over the west and depresses eastern Gorge gradients. On to the weekend: long-range forecasts suggest 29-33 both days. Offshore low pressure from Monday onward knocks the wind down into the teens or low 20’s, so get the nukage now!

COAST, JONES, SAUVIE’S: Coast (north/central/south, wind N unless otherwise specified). Wednesday: NW5-10/NW5-10/30-35+, NW swell 6′ at 9 seconds. Thursday: NW5/NW5-10/30-35+, NW 7′ @ 9. Friday: LTNW/5-10/30-35+, NW 6′ @ 9. Jones Wednesday: 16-19. Thursday: 12-15. Friday: 21-24. Sauvie’s Wednesday: NW 14-17. Thursday: NW 8-11. Friday: N 7-10.

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast: on vacation unless needed!


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Hood River Weather Forecast

Partly cloudy sky this morning will eventually clear. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and upper 60’s later. Strong west wind. No rainbows. Thursday looks mostly cloudy with a chance of a few sprinkles. Temps will be near 50 early and in the mid 60’s later. Moderate westerlies. 17% chance of rainbows. Friday looks partly cloudy and then sunny. Temps will be near 50 early and in the low 70’s in the afternoon. Strong west wind. No rainbows.

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Road and Mountain Biking

Plains of Abraham is reportedly open. Fifteenmile is open. 450 is open. I saw a Strava on Gunsight, so that’s open too with confirmed patches of snow. 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

Today’s events start with Zumba Gold at the Hood River Adult Center at 9 and senior yoga at FISH food bank at 10. The women’s Post n’ Pinot bike ride, earning you a pint of beer for completing it, leaves Dirty Fingers at 5:30. Thursday’s pick is the families at Family man gathering in Post Canyon – all ages mountain biking with a family vibe and snacks.

This Saturday is the Wild Woman marathon and relay in Trout Lake. Parkdale hosts a fundraiser called pups in the park. The Hood River yacht club’s opening day is Saturday, a fine day for an exciting free ride on a sailboat in nuking west wind. Saturday’s also a downwind paddle race from Viento to Hood River – perfect conditions for that too. Not so great for the annual Gorge Ride in The Dalles, but it’s still happening.

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Have an awesome day today!