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|Roosevelt & Arlington||LTV||LTV||13-16||22-25|
Gorge Wind Forecast
A couple of days of decent westerlies are on the table before the Gorge falls into a hot, easterly pattern for the weekend. Westerlies return sometime early next week.
Let’s look at Wednesday. An upper low slides into BC this afternoon and drags cooler air over the western half of the region. If the timing works out right, we’ll see westerlies ramp up through the afternoon. This morning starts with 13-16 from Viento to Mosier with 10-13 in the eastern Gorge and less than 10mph at Stevenson. Midday wind rises to 21-24 from Stevenson to Mosier with 10-13 from Lyle to Doug’s and light/variable wind to the east. After 2pm, that cooler air is predicted to slide towards Portland. Westerlies respond by building to 25-29 from Stevenson to Avery with 22-25 east of Avery to Arlington. River flow is 325-419kcfs, river temp is 57F, and high temp forecast is 81F.
Somewhat cooler air remains over the region on Thursday. This knocks down the temp gradients a bit and also knocks down the max wind speed. The day starts with dawn patrol of 21-24 from Stevenson to Mosier with 10-13 east to Lyle. Out in the desert, the day starts light and variable. The wind drops off midday to 15-18 or less from Stevenson to Hood River with light and variable or light easterly wind in the desert. Later in the afternoon, westerlies rebuild to 21-24 from Hood River to The Dalles with gusty 15-18 from Stevenson to Swell. The eastern Gorge stays light. It’s worth noting that models are all over the place with the wind speed for Thursday despite it being only 24 hours out. No promises that this forecast is accurate. High temp: 78F.
Friday, however, is easy. Calm wind starts the day. Easterlies pick up to 15mph from Rooster to Viento midday with 5-10 east of Viento. Afternoon easterlies back off a bit in the Rooster to Viento stretch and hold at 5-10 elsewhere. High temp: 83F. Those easterlies look stronger and more widespread on Saturday. High temp: 85F. Lesser easterlies are forecast on Sunday with a high temp in the low 90’s. As always, it’s unclear when this ridge of high pressure and hot, un-windy weather will end. There are hints of a return to west wind on Monday or Tuesday. We shall see! In the meantime, remember that the Hood River Bridge is closed Friday through Sunday.
Jones, Sauvie’s, Coast
Coast forecast (north/central/south, waves). Swell forecast provided by NWS. Wind direction northerly unless otherwise noted. Wednesday: 20-25/30-35/35+, W swell 3′ at 10 seconds. Thursday: 25-30/30-35/35+, W 2′ @ 9. Friday: 25-30/25-30/30-35, W 3′ @ 9. Jones Wednesday: 14-17. Thursday: 4-17. Friday: calm. Sauvie’s Wednesday: 11-14. Thursday: 12-15+. Friday: 14-17+.
Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – Back on vacation until next fall
Hood River Weather Forecast
Clear sky starts the day and ends it. Temps will be in the low 60’s early (open windows and doors) and low 80’s later (closed windows and doors). Moderate westerlies in the morning. Strong westerlies in the afternoon. No rainbows. Thursday will be sunny. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and upper 70’s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Friday will be sunny. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and low 80’s later. Light easterlies. No rainbows.
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Coming up this weekend, there’s the Adventure Van Expo both days at the Hood River Fairgrounds. Gorge Pride takes place in The Dalles on Sunday from 9am to 6pm at Ft. Dalles Memorial Park.
Ferment’s Tuesday night 4-mile walk/run is at 6pm. At 7:15am on Wednesdays, there’s a run from the White Salmon Bakery. At 7am on Friday morning, you can get a donut and coffee for going for a run at Kickstand Coffee. The Small Boat paddlers have a group paddle at 6pm on Thursday at the Hatchery. Post and Pint happens Thursday evenings at 5:30 when Post is not too wet to ride. The women’s Post-and-Pinot ride is Wednesday evening at 5:30.
Lots of perfect dirt out there right now! All the 44 Road trails are open. Lookout Mountain and Cooks Meadow still have some blowdown and a few patches of snow. Plains of Abraham is open, but Ape Canyon trail has received no maintenance this year. Also, the road connecting Plains of Abraham to Smith Creek closes at noon Monday-Friday and will not be open to bikers during that time. Courtney Road (the road that goes up above Syncline) is closed until October. Do not attempt to use it to access trails. Starting now, you will need a parking pass to park at Post Canyon. This money will support trails. Hospital Hill: cows are out – no dogs allowed. Underwood: do not enter areas that are closed due to logging operations.
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