Wednesday: tricky westerlies, strong westerlies, and BROWN POW

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 May 22, 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 sun comes so do bare buns
Steven’s Locks 0-5 5-10 14-17 14-17
Swell-Hood River 15-18 17-20 14-17 14-17
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena 10-13 10-13 10-13 10-13
Rufus, etc. 10-13 10-13 LTV LTV
Roosevelt & Arlington 10-13 10-13 LTV LTV

Gorge Wind Forecast

High pressure offshore combines with a broad area of low pressure inland for a tricky forecast for Wednesday and Thursday. Friday’s easier: a weather system pushes in from the northwest and kicks off strong westerlies.

For Wednesday, we start with gradients of .09 and .03. River flow is 286kcfs and temp is 54 degrees. Models like the idea of the wind dying off completely this afternoon, but there seems to be just enough morning gradient and temp support that we’ll beat that prediction. Early morning westerlies peak at 15-18 from Viento to The Dalles. Most likely scenario today is that eastern Gorge wind goes from 10-13 to light and variable. In the west, we may see a mid-morning bump to 17-20. The wind will probably back off to 14-17 from Stevenson to Mosier this afternoon with 10-13 near Rowena and nothing out east. This, by the way, is mostly gut instinct.

Same for Thursday: another round of gut instinct predictions as models back the wind way off in the afternoon despite the presence of strong high pressure offshore. Thursday starts with 11-14 from Stevenson to Mosier. Afternoon wind depends on the position of inland low pressure, but larger-scale gradients could help out. Model prediction: 7-10. Gut instinct: all day westerlies at 14-17 from Stevenson to Mosier with light wind out east.

Friday: much easier prediction. 24-27 everywhere except Stevenson to start the day. 10-14 there, under the clouds. Afternoon wind: gusty 24-27 from Stevenson to Hood River with 29-33 from Mosier to Threemile. Weekend wind looks pretty light – 12-15 at best, and only in the western Gorge. That said, the Euro is predicting stronger wind for Sunday. The GFS has the strong wind on Monday. Given atmospheric instability on Sunday, it’s unlikely to be a quality wind day. But it’s also too far out for a precise and accurate forecast!

JONES, SAUVIE’S, COAST: Jones Wednesday: 25-28. Thursday: 25-28. Friday: 5-10. Sauvie’s Wednesday: 9-12. Thursday: 12-15. Friday: 5-8. Coast (north/central/south – wind northerly unless otherwise noted). Wednesday: 5-10/10-15/25-30, W swell 11′ at 11 seconds. Thursday: 10-15/15-20/30-35, NW 9′ @ 11. Friday: NW10-15/NW5-10/30-35, NW 11′ @ 10.

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Hood River Weather Forecast

Partly cloudy sky Wednesday morning leads to a sunny afternoon. Temps will be in the mid 50’s early and low 70’s later. Moderate westerlies. 1% chance of rainbows. Thursday looks clear in the morning and mostly cloudy in the afternoon. Temps will be near 50 early and in the upper 70’s later. Light westerlies. 0.1% chance of rainbows. Friday looks partly cloudy. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and mid 60’s later. Strong westerlies. 2% chance of rainbows. Keep an eye out for thunderstorms on Sunday afternoon.

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Road and Mountain Biking

If you’re looking for Brown Pow, you’ll find it all over the place. Post is good, very good, PR good. Knebal, 8-Mile, Bottle Prairie and Surveyor’s are “open with patches of snow”, according to 44 Trails Association. 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 bottom. Lower Lewis River is open.
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 senior Zumba at the Hood River Adult Center at 9 and senior yoga at FISH food bank at 10. There’s a group trail run in White Salmon from Mark’s Auto this evening at 5, the all-levels women’s Post N’ Pinot mountain bike ride from Dirty Fingers at 5:30, and a fly-tying meetup at Slopeswell Cider from 6 to 9.

Friday’s your chance to ride your bike with Hood River’s mayor – meet at the waterfront park at noon. There are three trail work parties this weekend. Hood River County has one on the 180 trail on Saturday. The 44 Trails Association meets at 9 Saturday at Little John Snowpark to work on Surveyor’s Ridge, and Trailkeepers is working on the Punchbowl Falls Trail in Dee on Sunday. If you want to dance on Saturday night, DJ Dr. Scott is spinning house music at The Logs in BZ in the evening.

Other goodies this weekend: the Rufus Catfish Extravaganza, skiing at Meadows Saturday through Monday, a campout and open house at Ekone in Goldendale, Pioneer days at Lyle, the Sisters Stampede, and wildflower seed collecting at Klickitat Canyon winery.

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Random Morning Thoughts: on vacation.


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Have an awesome day today!