First off today, I’d like to introduce you to a cool website. Many of you have found it already, but a few of you are still in the dark, I bet: Historic Hood River. Here you’ll find cool old pictures with fascinating commentary by Hood River’s mayor, Arthur B.
Windsurfers and kiters who like solid west wind have been waiting for today. With the early gradient from Portland to The Dalles at .12 and the low clouds just west of Hood River, it’s going to be a good day on the water. We’ll see a quick build into the 25-28 range from Hood River to Mosier this morning, filling in at Doug’s and Maryhill in the 27-30 range this afternoon. If you want a little less wind, try Stevenson. Be careful out there. The Columbia is running at 550,000cfs, nothing compared to the 1894 flood when it was at 1.24 MILLION cfs, but still very big water with a strong current. I’m thinking Mosier might be the place to sail today…
If that’s what you’ve been waiting for, get it today, because we’re back to lighter wind and gustier conditions as low pressure sets up along the coast tomorrow. We’ll see light wind in the morning, and then as the desert warms up, the wind will blow in the 15-18 range from Hood River to Rowena in the afternoon.
The weather picture gets complicated on Tuesday, with several low pressure systems in the area. My best guess is west wind in the teens with a chance of thunderstorms.
In mountain biking news, today is the Super D in Post Canyon. That’s 3000’ of downhill in 8 miles, with the fastest riders finishing in about 20 minutes. Swing by and watch it for a bit. If you want to try some bikes, there will be free Turner bike demos at Post Canyon at some point today. Turner Bikes are made in Portland, so come check out some made-in-the-USA mountain bike quality. You can give Mountain View Cycles a call for the demo time and location.
In road biking news, the word from the GorgeVelo group on Facebook is that Chad says that Lake Branch is “clear enough” for the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, and that means it’s clear enough for you. However, expect snowbanks along the road and wet pavement. Woo-hoo! It’s Lost Lake Loop time!
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