Wednesday: how about some rain? maybe…

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 August 21, 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 10-13 G20-23 10-13 10-13
Swell-Hood River 13-16 G20-23? 10-13 10-13
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 10-13 G16-20 G20-23 10-13
Rufus, etc. 13-16 16-20 16-20 G25-28
Roosevelt & Arlington 13-16 16-20 16-20 G25-28

Gorge Wind Forecast

Today’s A Wednesday’s general weather forecast contains a lot of uncertainty, which makes for a low-accuracy and low-precision wind forecast. Calmer weather Thursday and Friday leads to steadier and easier to predict wind. There’s some disagreement about the overall weather pattern for the weekend, but it does appear it’ll be a windy couple of days.

For Wednesday, an incoming front and associated rain make the western Gorge the least likely place for reliable wind today. Early gradients of .06 and .06 mirror that suspicion. We’ll see gusty 12-18 everywhere for a couple hours early morning. Westerlies pick up to gusty 18-22 from Stevenson to The Dalles ahead of incoming moisture; rain starts up noonish, dropping the western Gorge wind into the 10-13 range. East of The Dalles, the wind builds from 18-22 this morning to 20-23 midday to gusty, short-lived 25-28 this afternoon ahead of rainfall. In other words, this isn’t a great day to go chasing the wind all over the region. River flow is 136kcfs and temp is 70 degrees.

Offshore high pressure returns on Thursday. Morning clouds burn off as the day goes on. Models keep the Portland clouds around longer than Gorge clouds. This gives the desert a jump on the heating game. So… 20-23 in the morning from cloudy Viento to sunny Mosier. Afternoon wind beats the model predictions, rising to 22-25 from Stevenson to The Dalles. East of there, morning wind will be 12-15. Afternoon wind: probably close to calm.

Friday kicks off with from Viento to Mosier. Afternoon wind picks up to gusty 20-23 from Stevenson to The Dalles ahead of an approaching weak front. While the details aren’t quite clear for the weekend, models agree that 24-27+ is a reasonable call for both days. Starting Monday, high pressure may build in, leading to less wind. Get it while you can!

COAST, JONES, SAUVIE’S: Coast (north/central/south, wind N unless otherwise specified). Wednesday: LTW/LTW/LTN, W swell 4′ ‘at 13 building to 7′ at 11. Thursday: 20-25/20-25/30-40, NW 7′ @ 12. Friday: 15-20/15-20/30-35, N 5’ @ 8. Jones Wednesday: nope. Thursday: 11-14. Friday: 15-18. Sauvie’s Wednesday: nope. Thursday: 10-13. Friday: 10-13.

Hood River Weather Forecast

Partly cloudy sky this morning gives way to clouds and rain midday. Temps will be in the low 60’s early and low 70’s later. Muggy. Light to moderate westerlies. 89% chance of rainbows. Thursday starts cloudy and ends sunny. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and mid 70’s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Friday looks sunny. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and near 80 in the afternoon. 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 has happened on 30 to Rowena, and as of yesterday, it was covered in sticky goo. Perhaps give it some time to cure?

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

Today’s community activities start with Zumba Gold at the Hood River Adult Center at 9 and senior yoga at Fish Food Bank at 10. At 5:30 tonight, weather permitting, there’s the women’s Post n’ Pinot mountain bike ride from Dirty Fingers. That one’s for all levels of riders. Competing with it tonight is Nancy Runions Kickball Classic and barbecue at Collins Field in Hood River at 5:30 – rain or shine.

There’s not all that much going on this week, but Saturday is fabulous – it’s Meet a Horse Day at the Hood River Saddle Club in the morning. There’s a teen art meetup Saturday at 2pm at Dog River Coffee, and the King or Queen of the Hook longboard freestyle event is Saturday evening at The Hook in Hood River.

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Have an awesome day today!