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This week’s sponsor is Dirt Hugger, offering curbside food waste collection service for your business, school, office, store, restaurant or hospital in Hood River and The Dalles. All that food waste becomes awesome compost for your garden, yard, farm or vineyard. You can pick up that compost or have it delivered. If we as a society can’t make composting happen through our cities and counties, at least we can make it happen through a cool local business. This is one of my favorite businesses in the Gorge. Support them, please
As I write this report, it’s still pitch black outside, but it does appear that the marine clouds have pushed past Hood River, if not as a solid wall, at least as little-fluffy-clouds. You know what that means: the strongest morning wind just shifted from the Hatchery to Mosier, and the strongest wind for the day just shifted to Doug’s.
With the 4am gradient at .15 pdx-dls and another .06 out east, we’re going to have a very windy day today. Windy, but gusty. It’s fall. You get gusty wind in the fall. No complaining. It’s September, and it’s windy. Expect 28-33 at Mosier this morning. By noon, Doug’s should be 30-35. Unless these clouds burn back really soon, the Hatchery/Hood River will be at 18-23 this morning, picking up to gusty 23-27 later. As for the Wall, with the clouds this far east, we’ll likely see upper twenties there too.
As the upper low approaches the coast and moves east tomorrow, we’ll see a deeper marine layer and less wind and more gustiness. 21-24 east of the low clouds starts the day, picking up to 23-26 in the afternoon. Mark you calendar for 26-30+ near Hood River on Monday and 22-25 on Tuesday.
This weekend’s events include the Grominator skate contest (HR Skate Park) this morning, the Echelon Gran Fondo all over the Gorge today (poor road bikers riding in this much wind – so much for our “best fall fondo” rating from Bicycling Mag), the Gorge kids triathlon tomorrow morning (no, Clint B., you can’t enter – Waterfront Park), and the Super Commuter bike race (Tsuruta Park, 10am) tomorrow morning.
Also this weekend: the Dirty Fingers Customer Appreciation Party at Gov’t Mineral Springs. Free shuttles, free food, and free beer for customers. Donations are appreciated if you’re just a random mountain biker who wants to join the party.
And remember, next weekend is the White Salmon Homecoming Party. $21.40 whitewater rafting and a free salmon bake through Wet Planet, Drifters and All-Star. You must sign up in advance for both of these events.
Have an awesome day today!