5/17 Wind and events report for da Gorge

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 May 17, 2012

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Good morning,

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Once again, it’s windy in the Gorge. We’ll have 23-26 near Hood River this morning with the wind picking up to 27-30 from Stevenson all the way to Maryhill this afternoon (and getting lighter and gusty near Hood River). There are some noteworthy details: there’s a low pressure trough sliding eastward today, and normally that makes things gusty and unreliable. However, in this case, there’s very strong high pressure off the coast, so the effects of the dynamic system should be mitigated.

Tomorrow looks like a 25-29 start from Hood River to The Dalles with 23-26 from Stevenson to Arlington in the afternoon. It’s not looking all that windy this weekend, so get out your bike or your gardening stuff and get some sun, because May showers return at the beginning of next week.

If you want to ride bikes tonight, there’s a slow-paced recovery ride leaving Discover Bikes at 5pm. A gal contacted me about this, and she looked like a racer gal, but even so, everyone is welcome.

For you mountain bikers, the latest report has Surveyor’s Ridge open top to bottom and Fall’s Creek open from the bottom up to the Horse Camp, where you’ll hit snow. The Gifford Pinchot website reports Lewis River is open with a few downed trees and some mud, and yes, Old Man Pass is open. That’s trail news. In social news, Saturday from 3-8 is the Dirty Fingers grand opening party at 13th and State in Hood River. Also on Saturday, the Cascade Locks Dimwits have an all-ages family ride and fire-pit weenie roast at the EasyClimb trail at 6pm. And I normally don’t promote bands, but my friends from Meadows, Smudgepot, are playing at Volcanic on Saturday night.

Coming up this weekend, windsurfers and kiters head to the Hatchery Saturday morning for a work party on the Gorge’s most popular wind sport beach. On Saturday evening, join the kiteboarders at the British Pub for 2nd Wind’s season opener Party. On Sunday morning, hung over, that same crowd heads to Windance for a multi-sport swap meet.

Have an awesome day today!


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