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It’s a drizzly morning here in the Gorge, and the showers out in the desert are having a detrimental effect on the wind this morning. That’s actually okay, because you windsurfers and kiters are supposed to be down in Cascade Locks helping with the Blackberry Beach work party from 9am until noon.
So, you know how this works: You’re supposed to be headed east of the clouds for decent wind conditions. That means you’ll have to head east of Mosier, but there are also clouds and rain in the desert, so you’ll have to stay west of them. 10-15 this morning in that cloud-free window picks up to gusty 23-26 in that region this afternoon, with 15-18 in the afternoon in the cloudy areas.
Tomorrow starts off very light, picking up to 17-21 midday east of Hood River, and then picking up to 22-25 late in the day out at Arlington as a rainy upper level low approaches. Monday looks wet and rainy, with strong wind late, late, late in the day.
For your shopping fun this morning (if you didn’t get enough shopping in at First Friday last night), Columbia Gorge Offroad Association has a swap meet at Watson Performance from 9am to 1pm. After that, they’re hosting a dirt bike ride out of Pine Mont at 2pm. Also today, Saturday market in Hood River, and the White Salmon Spring Festival.
Coming up tomorrow, Windance has free Jimmy Lewis standup board demos at the Event Site from 10am to 2pm, and with light wind, it should be a great day for the SUPping.
Looking ahead to next weekend, for events that need some advance planning, there’s the Post Canyon Trailbuilder appreciation dinner and potluck at Family Man at 6pm on Friday. Then on Saturday, it’s the White Salmon Riverfest, with $25 whitewater rafting for locals. Along with that rafting, there’s a tour of Condit Dam, music, food, and all sorts of other fun stuff. Give Wet Planet a call to sign up for the rafting. Also next weekend, the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, always taking volunteers!
Have an awesome day today!
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