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First off, thank you to all of you who voted for me in Grant’s photo contest. We won! My new Icelantic skis (made in Colorado) are happily awaiting mounting, and I’ll be going for a ride in a Subaru rally car (courtesy of Dick Hannah Subaru… thanks, guys!) on Friday.
That said, it’s the last day of regular season operations at Mt. Hood Meadows, and that means we’re basically done with the snow forecast for the season, unless I see something worth hiking for in the forecast. Oh, and if Meadows is open for extended weekends, I’ll post Thur-Sun forecasts, or maybe Fri-Sun forecast. It’s Customer Appreciation Day at Skibowl with free skiing (bring four cans of food if you want to do the right thing). So, it’s time for a more consistent wind forecast. Hopefully that means more consistent wind!
The Columbia River is now at 50 degrees (or was it 51?). Anyway, even wimpy people can go in the river now! That includes me, by the way. The gradient at 5am was at .06, and that’s going to be enough for some wind today. W 5-10 this morning builds to 15-18, possibly 17-21, near Hood River this afternoon. There’s a big low off the coast limiting wind strength, but high pressure off the Cali coast is helping us out.
Tomorrow starts off light and rainy, but then that low pressure system crosses the Cascades and sends the wind to 17-21 near Hood River and 26-30+ east of The Dalles. On Tuesday, we have west wind at 17-21 and on Wednesday, we’ll have light wind.
Today is the first annual Cherry Blossom Duathlon, brought to you by Water’s Edge as part of the Cherry Blossom Fitness Festival. It’s a 5k run, a 30k bike ride, and another 5k run.
If you like surf movies, come to the Skylight Theater tomorrow night for the movie Splinters. It’s not often that good surf movie comes out, so you’ll want to be there for this one. Plus, it’s a benefit for Surfrider foundation, protecting your beaches and surf breaks!
Have an awesome day today!
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