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Wind Compass #’s to look for at Rufus

 
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eric

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PostFri Oct 04, 19 6:42 am    Wind Compass #’s to look for at Rufus Reply with quote

I can not remember if good wind is a compass reading under 240, or 230 for Rufus, and which station, Maryhill, or Market 41?

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bigjohn

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PostFri Oct 04, 19 10:44 am     Reply with quote

Eric,

Everybody always talks about the gusty North winds at Rufus. I've probably heard a dozen different theories about when to go and when not to go. Some look at wind mills, others look at the John Day dam meter.

My experience is that sometimes it's down right gusty when the direction says it should be good, and other times it's smooth yet the wind is hiting your kite from almost straight North.

Up river vs down river can make quite a difference as well.

My theory is there is a mixture of different elements at Rufus. You have an upper system that usually comes from SW towards NE feeding from the big wide mouth starting at the deschutes getting compressed into into the skinny wind tunnel of the Gorge by the wall. This creates a lot of competing wind flows since it is an upper cross wind feeding into the wind tunnel.

Sometimes these flows align for smooth wind. Other times they don't. Sometimes they generate great swell, other times they don't.

Sometimes you are out kiting and it's gusty as heck. You go back and check the meter by the wall and it reflects butter smooth wind. Or vice versa.

Sometimes one side of the river has a completely different wind angle than the other side of the river. Sometimes you can feel the competing wind directions in the middle of the river as your kite dances around.

My recommendation is if the wind is blowing put up a kite. If it's too gusty, come in.

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Sella

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PostFri Oct 04, 19 12:26 pm     Reply with quote

bigjohn wrote:
Eric,

Everybody always talks about the gusty North winds at Rufus. I've probably heard a dozen different theories about when to go and when not to go. Some look at wind mills, others look at the John Day dam meter.

My experience is that sometimes it's down right gusty when the direction says it should be good, and other times it's smooth yet the wind is hiting your kite from almost straight North.

Up river vs down river can make quite a difference as well.

My theory is there is a mixture of different elements at Rufus. You have an upper system that usually comes from SW towards NE feeding from the big wide mouth starting at the deschutes getting compressed into into the skinny wind tunnel of the Gorge by the wall. This creates a lot of competing wind flows since it is an upper cross wind feeding into the wind tunnel.

Sometimes these flows align for smooth wind. Other times they don't. Sometimes they generate great swell, other times they don't.

Sometimes you are out kiting and it's gusty as heck. You go back and check the meter by the wall and it reflects butter smooth wind. Or vice versa.

Sometimes one side of the river has a completely different wind angle than the other side of the river. Sometimes you can feel the competing wind directions in the middle of the river as your kite dances around.

My recommendation is if the wind is blowing put up a kite. If it's too gusty, come in.

Bingo! So much truth about Rufus as I've never been able to call it right. I just rig and hope for the best as I pinch over to the WA side looking for clean anywhere to be had. Thank you Big John for the insight.

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