It’s windy. Stop reading and get on the water! 8/18

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Temira
Date
 August 18, 2010
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Good morning!

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Kiters and Windsurfers, stop looking at the iWindsurf readings on your computer, turn off your smartphone, and get on the water. The 5am gradient from Portland to the Dalles was at .16, and there was another .06 out east. With the low clouds just west of Hood River, you want to be at the Hatch, the Sandbar or at Mosier this morning for 27-31 with higher gusts. .

If you can’t get out until the afternoon, that’s fine too, because it’s going to blow 28-32 or more from Doug’s out to Arlington later today. If you see the wind getting gusty wherever you are today (and there’s a good chance of that as the frontal system approaches/passes), take a look at the readings way out east, because the upper low and passing frontal system favor Arlington and Roosevelt. There’s also a good chance of strong wind at Stevenson today, so if you have the ability, keep one eye to the west, and one eye to the east.

Thursday and Friday look windy too, with 24-28 near Hood River in the morning and at Stevenson and Doug’s in the afternoon. The way things are looking now, the mid twenties west wind will blow through the weekend.

If you’re working today and you’re looking for something to do tonight, there are Sailboat races out of the Hood River Marina, meeting on the docks at 5:30. With the strong wind those races should be super fun, with lots of carnage tonight. There’s also the Kayak Shed’s shop paddle, meeting at the Husum put-in, also at 5:30.

Coming up tomorrow night for the after work crowd, there’s the Thursday Night Tri bonus practice, the Post and Pint ride in Post Canyon, and a free crossfit workout at the Event Site.

Boaters, the White Salmon’s just below 2 feet and the Klickitat’s at 795 cfs. Coming up on September 11th, there’s a rafting race on the White Salmon River. Details here: http://www.nwrafting.com/white-salmon

Have a great day today!

Temira

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