Thursday. 8/22. Gorge wind, smoke, events, and mushrooms.

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Temira
Date
 August 22, 2013
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Be safe, fire folks. Today looks a little scary in the afternoon.

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Wind forecast guess paragraphs

Today is starting off smoky, with a light east gradient keeping more smoke flowing into the valley. We’ll see the light wind hold through early afternoon, when an approaching low bumps the HR/Steven’s Locks area up to 15-18. As this system moves through sometime after 2pm, there may be a brief period of strong SW wind both on the river and up in the valleys and on the ridgetops (that’s for the fire folks), but likely you windsport people won’t see the affects of this system unless you’re east of The Dalles, where there will be a brief period of 25-35.

Tomorrow starts with more marine clouds, cooler temps and less smoke, with west winds in the 10-15 range. The wind will quickly pick up to 25-29 near Hood River (and probably Mosier), filling in at Doug’s/Lyle/Rowena in the afternoon. The wind will pick up in Steven’s Locks after the clouds burn back.

Saturday starts with even more clouds and W wind at 10-15. As an upper low pushes over Vancouver Island in the afternoon, the wind will pick up to gusty 23-26 from Hood River to Arlington. The wind at Steven’s Locks depends on when the clouds burn back, but it should equal the wind everywhere else.

For you windsurfers, it’s time to nominate windsurfers for the Gorge Windsurfing awards. Your choices are “Dale Cook – Big Air”, Most Stoked, Most Selfless, Grom of the Year, and Windsurfer of the Year. You can nominate folks through the 28th. Voting commences after that.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Patrol
9am-
11:30a
11:30a-
3pm
3pm-
dusk
Steven’s Locks E 5-10 LTV W 15-18 W 17-20
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) light W 0-10 15-18 15-18
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle light light 15-18 15-18
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall light light 15-18 23-26*
See above
Arlington / Roosevelt light light 15-18 23-26*
See above


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Sports, activities, and other stuff

If you want a hard bike ride tonight, join Dirty Fingers for the Post and Pint. It’s 2 hours of mountain biking in Post Canyon followed by food and drinks at the shop. Dirty Fingers wants you to do this ride so badly that they’ll give you a free beer if you come and finish the ride. Bring $5 for delicious food by 4&20 Blackbirds after the ride.

In other bike news, there are 3 trees down on Dog River and 3 or so on Surveyor’s. None on Three Corner Rock, and the swimming holes on the Washougal are great. But it’s very smoky on the 44 Road trails right now, and you cannot access Knebal Campground by road, so you may want to ride elsewhere.

Want something to do this weekend? Head to Home Valley for the Bigfoot Bash and Bounty, an all-day celebration of all things Bigfoot. If you’re headed there, or if you’re headed out to the woods to look for Sasquatch, keep one thing in mind: it’s illegal to harm a Bigfoot in Skamania County. I know. You’re getting tired of hearing about it. Well, I think it’s funny, so you’re going to hear about it daily.

All weekend long, Friday through Sunday, White Salmon has their summer concert series. Join the Friday night campout, and then hang around Saturday for poker, a car show, and a pig roast and salmon feed.

The King of the Hook longboard freestyle competition that was supposed to take place whenever it was supposed to take place has been rescheduled for this Saturday at 5:30. 5:30-8. Bring something to throw on the BBQ.

Have an awesome day today!

Temira