This week’s forecast is brought to you by the Sandbar Café, located at the east end of the Event Site, and open daily during the summer from 11am to 7pm. You’re going to be on the water today, and lots of you will be at the Event Site or the Sandbar. When you get hungry, and you will, head over to the Sandbar Café for some food. Even if you’re not planning on sailing there, go check it out. I’ve been down at the Event Site the last couple of evenings, and it’s a really nice place to watch the sunset and enjoy the warm evening breeze. The $2.50 tall boys at the Sandbar seal the deal. Go check it out this evening. Sandbar Café has donated 5 fish taco and Tall Boy combos for this week’s giveaway. Score!
West winds returned yesterday, much to my surprise, and they’re not going anywhere soon. With a trough of low pressure at the coast, we’ll see marine clouds in Portland for the next few days. Along with that, a heat low will hang east of the Cascades, setting up a solid pressure difference across the mountains. At 5am, the gradient was at .08, and the wind was blowing in the upper teens near Hood River.
The wind will pick up today, building into the 22-25 range from Stevenson to the Sandbar in the morning, shifting out east in the afternoon. The only complicating factor today is the possibility of thunderstorms in the afternoon. If the clouds start building, expect the wind to get gusty and inconsistent.
Tomorrow and Wednesday look very similar to today, possibly a little stronger, with the heat low parked in the desert and marine clouds in Portland.
There are also a couple of fun things going on tonight. There’s the Alternative Ride out of Mountain View cycles, leaving at 6:30 and heading to Mosier. This ride is open to anyone who can make it from downtown Hood River to Mosier and back. The pace is mellow and spandex and fancy bikes are strongly discouraged. I’m going, but my bike is fancy, so they’ll probably beat me up.
Also tonight is free tai chi at Wilson Park in Hood River. If you’ve never done a martial art before, come check it out. It’s free, and lessons are provided. Class starts at 6:00, and everyone is welcome!
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