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We’ve got a beautiful sunny weekend on tap with some cool events going on, so even if you’re not a Wind Johnnie, there’s something going on for you.
Although the models aren’t showing much wind today, there’s a .09 gradient from Portland to The Dalles and it’s blowing 10-15 on the river. I don’t see the gradient falling, so we’ll see 15-18 from Stevenson to Mosier this morning, picking up to 17-20 this afternoon.
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The wind looks a little stronger tomorrow as a system approaches the coast. We’ll still start off with 10-15, but by midday, we should have 19-22 from Stevenson down to Hood River. If you usually launch from the Event Site, be aware that it’s closed this weekend for the Tenacity Games. Speaking of the Tenacity Games, you know how the wind always dies for Windfest? Well, it always blows for Kiteboard 4 Cancer. That means Mother Nature likes this event, and you should too. If you’re not participating and you’d like to donate, you can do so here.
Monday looks windier, as clouds move into Portland overnight. We’ll have westerlies near Hood River in the 21-24 range in the morning, probably shifting east in the afternoon. Plan on cooler weather next week with west winds in the 20ish range for the extended period.
If you’re down at the Waterfront Park or Event Site in Hood River today, the tents and sights are the Tenacity Games. There’s music and food and kiteboarding and SUP competitions to watch, so come check it out. Tomorrow brings more kiteboarding and a kayaking race on the White Salmon, followed by the White Salmon Riverfest and Symposium, with a $25 community raft trip. Call Wet Planet today to register for that.
Coming up Monday after work, there’s free Tai Chi at Wilson Park in Hood River at 5:30, and there’s the casual Alternative Ride leaving Mountain View Cycles at 6:15.
Finally, word on the street is that Falls Creek is open from top to bottom. I’m checking it out today.
Have an awesome day today!
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