4th of July. Gorge (nukin’) wind, fun stuff to do, and more wind in the future.

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 July 4, 2013

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There are a few days when it’s really easy to write the forecast. Today is one of those days. Blowing 29 at the Hatchery at 6am? Yes, it’s going to be windy today. See, it was worth the effort to drive all the way from Canada over that rad temp bridge on I-5. Aren’t you glad you came for Canada Day week in the Gorge? Everyone have a wonderful 4th of July! Be safe and sane tonight, and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do…

Wind forecast

Like I said, it was blowing 29 at the Hatch at 6am. Gradients (for the wonks) were .16/.08, which is a huge amount of gradient on a static weather setup day like today (on a dynamic day, like yesterday, the gradients can be that big with the ‘usual spots’ not that windy at all). Expect 26-30 at the Hatchery/Hood River/Mosier this morning with periods of 30+ possible. Doug’s/Rowena is also windy (hooray – spread out the crowds), and will quickly join the 26-30-periods-of-30+. This setup will also be conducive to decent wind at The Wall/etc, with less wind at Arlington. One thing to note: there are very few clouds in Portland at this time (although the marine layer did leave a few fluffies near Hood River), meaning there’s a decent chance of a solid midday lull today.

Even more marine layer tomorrow combines with similar gradients for another super-windy day in the Gorge. Get yourself some 26-30+. Chances are you’ll have to head a bit east of Hood River for the strongest and steadiest wind tomorrow as the clouds push in a bit more, but we may get lucky and see another nuker of a day near town too. Stevenson may stay totally socked in tomorrow, but I suspect Hood River will clear up (if not really early), at least by noon.

Saturday and Sunday also look windy, with low twenties or better both days with the strongest wind in the central Gorge.

Keep an eye out for Grant Myrdal’s blue flags. He’ll be out there shooting photos of you windsurfing and kiting all week. Who doesn’t love a good photo for Facebook? I know I do!

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Stevenson 15-18 15-18 18-23 18-23
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) 26-30 26-30+ 26-30+ 23-26
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle 22-25 26-30 30+ 30+
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall 18-23 23-26 24-28+ 24-28
Arlington / Roosevelt 10-13 15-18 23-26 23-26

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Bike News

The boys are headed to Sandy Ridge today, and I’m struggling with what to do: join the boys, get an epic windsurfing day, or go kayaking on the Klickitat with another group of friends. Sheesh. Life is rough when you live in the Gorge – too many options! Anyway, the ride of choice for everyone these days is Siouxon-Huffman, closed all year, but recently opened by the trail fairies. I still haven’t done it. If you’re an animal, you should.

Not happening tonight is the weekly Post N Pint bike ride out of Dirty Fingers. Why not? Because those boys decided to have some 4th of July fun. So, the PNP returns next week. Have fun not-hammering on your bike tonight!

Very Important News

Riverkeepers’ test yesterday came back normal, so it’s okay to head back to the e. Coli Site. I mean the Event Site and surrounding beaches. No more poop in the water. Well, there’s still poop, but it’s below the level considered not-safe, so go back. Wait, the Event Site was rocking yesterday. Nobody cared about the poop.

Well duh, there are fireworks tonight! Get yourself down to the Hood River Waterfront to watch the show, and if you see the folks from the HR Lions walking around, GIVE THEM SOME MONEY! No, your tax dollars do not pay for this show. Donations do. You pay $10 for a movie. Pay $10 for the fireworks – it’s entertainment for your whole family!

There’s plenty going on for the holiday before the fireworks. First thing is the Kollas Kranmer run from Odell to Hood River – that’s 7.4 miles. That’s followed by the Hood River parade, where you can watch folks from the Power Station gym pulling their parade floats. After the Hood River parade, head to White Salmon – theirs is at 1pm, and it’s followed by music in the park and all sorts of kids’ activities.

Coming up tomorrow, there’s a watersports warmup class by donation at Cascade Kiteboarding at 8:15, and in the evening, 10 Speed Coffee is showing the bike-related movie “QuickSilver”.

Coming up in two weekends from now, it’s Kiteboarding for Cancer, and they’re looking for volunteers. Visit the event websitefor more information.

Have an awesome day today!