Wednesday: last day of the heat wave. Lots of westerlies in the extended forecast!

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 June 12, 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 E10-15 E20-25 calm LTW
Steven’s Locks E10-15 E20-25 calm W10
Swell-Hood River LTE LTE calm W10
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena LTE LTE LTW W5
Rufus, etc. LTE LTE calm LTW
Roosevelt & Arlington LTE LTE calm LTW

Gorge Wind Forecast

If you’ve been enjoying the easterlies in the western Gorge or the calm wind in the central Gorge, you’ll want to take advantage of it today – this is the end of the light wind for quite a while. After today, we have a long stretch of strong westerlies that carries way out into the extended forecast. For Wednesday, easterlies peak at 20-25 from Rooster to Viento mid morning before completely fading to calm conditions by 1pm. The zero-wind sticks around until 5pm or so, when a light westerly breeze at 10mph or less picks up from Stevenson to Mosier. “Light” does not describe the conditions for the extended forecast starting on Thursday. Dawn Patrol wind will be 21-24 from Stevenson to The Dalles with 13-16 east of The Dalles to Roosevelt. While large gradients will be present in the afternoon, models suggest the Corridor will struggle to maintain the strongest wind… perhaps due to heating in Portland. Anyway, we’ll still have 25-28 from Stevenson to Mosier with 27-31 in the afternoon from Rowena to Threemile. Deeper marine clouds crawl into Portland for a cloudy start to Friday. Sunshine in the Gorge leads to a big Dawn Patrol – 26-29 from Viento to Mosier. The wind quickly fills in everywhere, for a 28-32 day everywhere in the Gorge. While models predict a slight rebuilding of inland high pressure over the weekend, synoptic-scale (big picture) gradients are still large. Westerlies result. It’s hard to be exact from this far out, but the current forecast is 23-26 Saturday, 25-28 Sunday, and 28-32 Monday. COAST, JONES, SAUVIE’S: Coast (north/central/south, wind N unless otherwise specified). Wednesday: SW5/LTW/N5-10, W swell 4′ at 11 seconds. Thursday: 15-20/20-25/30-35, W 4′ @ 10. Friday: NW 10/20-25/30-35+, W 5′ @ 9. Jones Wednesday: 22-25. Thursday: 25-28. Friday: 20-23. Sauvie’s Wednesday: 10-13 late. Thursday: 21-24. Friday: 12-15.  

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Hood River Weather Forecast

Mostly clear sky this morning will still have some clouds this afternoon as instability triggers thunderheads. Models really like the idea of thunderstorms tonight, but NWS expert forecasters do not. Slight chance. Temps will be in the upper 50’s early and mid 90’s later. Muggy, with dewpoints in the 50’s. Light east wind goes dead calm by noon. Light westerlies return late in the evening. No rainbows. Thursday looks sunny. Temps will be in the mid 60’s early and mid 80’s in the afternoon. Strong west wind. No rainbows. Friday looks sunny with more clouds in the western Gorge. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and mid 70’s in the afternoon. Strong west wind. No rainbows.   Looking for a complete Columbia Gorge forecast? Looking for more humor in your weather? Obscenities? You’re looking for my TATAS: Temira’s Awesome Travel Advisory Service on Facebook.  

Road and Mountain Biking

Plains of Abraham is reportedly open according to people who rode it and then came into Dirty Fingers. Fifteenmile is open. 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 out on Hospital Hill, which happens to be private land owned by the Kreps family. Do not take your dog or you 1) endanger the life of your dog and 2) endanger access to the land for everyone.  

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. At 5 tonight, there’s a group trail run from Mark’s Auto in White Salmon. The weekly women’s bike ride from Dirty Fingers will be going swimming instead of riding tonight (actually both) to beat the heat. Meet at the shop at 5:30 for a ride to the Hood River Marina where there will be swimming, beer, and La Croix. Coming up this weekend, the Pistol River Wave Bash kicks off in Gold Beach. Maryhill Museum has free admission for locals. On Saturday: the Gorge Hops and Hogs Fest in The Dalles, the White Salmon Backyard Half Marathon and 4 miler, the Wy’East Wonder 50k Ultra, a swap meet at Luhr Jensen, 12 Hours of Post, a Trailkeepers work party at Punchbowl Falls in Dee (register on EventBrite), and the Grand Opening party for the Hood River Pumptrack at Golden Eagle Park. At 9:30am Saturday, Shortt Supply has the Dad Bod run, a 3 mile jog for all bodies. There’s a trail work party at Wahkeena Falls Sunday (register with TKO on EventBrite).  

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