I’m still thinking about that yummy meal I had at Sophie’s on Thursday night. Delicious. You really should go eat there!
Fall makes an early appearance in the central and western Gorge with rain showers today and tomorrow. This is great news for mountain bikers, who’ve been sliding around on ball-bearings for the last couple of months. By tomorrow, we should have enough rain banish the worst of the dust.
It’s not going to be a bad weekend on the water either. A strong cold front moves across the Gorge around midday, whipping up winds in the eastern Gorge. This isn’t exactly an ideal setup, but it will give us gusty, shifty afternoon winds in the 23-27 range. Strongest, steadiest winds will be out at Arlington and Roosevelt. The western gorge, under the clouds and in the rain, sees 14-17 or so. Honestly, this isn’t a great setup, but it’s better than nothing.
While you’re waiting for wind today, stop by Northwave from noon ‘til 2 for a free intermediate windsurfing clinic with long-time local instructor Cliff Ryden.
Tomorrow looks a little better as another front crosses the Gorge. Don’t be discouraged if it’s not windy in the morning. At this point, models think the afternoon will be best, with winds in the 28-32 range from Maryhill out to Arlington. Labor day weekend continues Monday as an upper trough crosses the northwest, and that should set up another round of eastern gorge winds.
In other news, don’t forget that tomorrow is the CGWA swap meet down at the Expo Center in Hood River, and it’s also the Old Timers picnic (I’m not sure what goes on there, but it sounds like fun) and Sailboat races in Cascade locks.