Wednesday: rain and westerlies

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 May 15, 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 E 20-25 E20-25 LTE LTW
Steven’s Locks E15-20 E15-20 LTE W7-11
Swell-Hood River LTE LTE LTE W7-11
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena LTE LTE LTE W7-11
Rufus, etc. LTE LTE LTV LTV
Roosevelt & Arlington LTE LTE LTV LTV

Gorge Wind Forecast

The forecast still contains a series of strong offshore low pressure systems. While this isn’t an ideal setup for west wind – offshore high pressure results in better wind quality – west wind will be the result as these lows move inland.

For Wednesday, though, an offshore low keeps the wind easterly for much of the day. We’ll see 25-30 near Rooster Rock and 15-20 near Stevenson this morning. The wind dies off around noon, and switches to westerly by early afternoon. Not much comes of this: the westerlies top out at 7-11 or so from Stevenson to The Dalles with calm wind farther east. River flow is 307kcfs and temp is 56 degrees.

On Thursday, a trough of low pressure moves inland and combines with transitory offshore high pressure for a round of westerlies. If the timing holds with the current model run, gradients won’t increase early enough for strong westerlies. Instead, the day starts with light easterlies at 5-10 or so. As the low moves into southern Oregon mid-afternoon, the westerlies return, building to gusty 18-22 from Stevenson to The Dalles. Westerlies continue to build overnight.

Friday sees clouds and rain in the western Gorge with sunshine in the desert and more rain along the Idaho border. A trough of low pressure sits along the coast with no offshore high to support it. Despite the lack of a coastal high, inland low pressure will be low enough to power the wind. We’ll start with 20-23 from Stevenson to Hood River with 25-29 from Mosier to Arlington. Strong westerlies at 27-30 fill in from The Dalles to Boardman in the afternoon. Periods of 29-33 are possible, but the offshore situation makes stronger wind (as in previous forecasts) unlikely. Still, it’ll be a good day on the river!

JONES, SAUVIE’S, COAST: Jones Wednesday: no. Thursday: 5-10. Friday: 5-10. Sauvie’s Wednesday: nope. Thursday: 7-11 late. Friday: nope. Coast (north/central/south). Wednesday: S15-20/S15-20/nope, W swell 4′ at 10 seconds. Thursday: W5/W5/N15-20, W 5′ @ 10 AND SW 3′ @ 16. Friday: SW10/SW20/S5, W 5′ @ 10.

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast: on vacation unless needed!


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Hood River Weather Forecast

Pretty high clouds this morning give way to steady light rain (that hopefully makes it to the ground) this afternoon. Temps will be in the upper 40′ early and mid 60’s later. East wind goes westerly mid-afternoon. No rainbows. Thursday looks showery in the morning and dry in the afternoon. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and mid 60’s later. Moderate west wind. 68% chance of rainbows. Friday looks dry after a few morning showers. Temps will be near 50 early and in the low 60’s later. Strong westerlies. 59% chance of rainbows.

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Road and Mountain Biking

First, this week is National Bike to Work Week! Falls Creek is rideable, but there is some snow (unclear how much) if you ride from the pass. An out and back from the bottom is a better bet. Dog River is open. Other 44 Road trails are not. Nestor is open. Post feels like July – very dusty, but maybe it will recover this week from the rain? Remember that there is a race in Post on Saturday the 18th. If you’re riding Underwood, please do not park at the trailhead any more as per request by SDS. There is a parking area 0.5 miles farther down the road. 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

Community events today start with gentle and free senior yoga at the Fish Food Bank in Hood River at 10am. There’s a group trail run meeting at 5 in front of Mark’s Auto in White Salmon, and the women’s Post n’ Pinot mountain bike ride, for all levels, leaves Dirty Fingers at 5:30 and earns you a pint of beer for completion.

Speaking of mountain biking, the Dog River trail is now open. Falls Creek is open from the bottom with snowy areas up top. Saturday is the Cascadia Dirt Cup in Post Canyon, so stay away whether you’re hiking, biking or riding a horse. There are free Pivot bike demos at Sandy Ridge on Saturday. Equestrians can check out the dressage show at the Hood River Saddle Club Saturday. There’s an all-sports swap meet at Windance on Sunday.

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Have an awesome day today!