5/19 Gorge wind and events and good dirt

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 May 19, 2013

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Good morning,

This morning’s amusing ad:

The Canfield Brothers Yelli Screamy
Really Temira, seriously? You’re advertising a bike? A random bike we’ve never heard of? A freakin’ hardtail? Yes, I am, and I’m doing it because I love this bike. So does Jason Wells, who built GP for you. This bike is the Post Canyon destroyer. Slack head tube for descending.29″ wheels for rolling over stuff. Very, very, very short chainstays for fast responding bike action that’ll make you giggle. And yell. And scream. I slay the Gorge on this bike. You should too.Contact sean@canfieldbrothers.com for more info. We’ll have a demo day in late June. Stay tuned.


If you think it’s feeling chilly this morning, you’re right: The snow level in the mountains is around 5500′ today, so keep that in mind for your higher elevation hiking and biking. We’ll see the snow level jump tomorrow, but it’s going to drop back down around 3500′ on Wednesday, with the snow level remaining around pass level through Thursday.

Cool temps and more rain in the forecast Tue/Wed/Thur portend a great week of mountain biking. The dirt is already great, so get out and ride.

In wind news, we’ll have high pressure off the coast today with lower pressure in the desert, and that’ll give us west wind. Expect a quick build to 15-18 under the low clouds at Stevenson with 25-29 east of the low clouds by midday, with the strongest wind likely to be at Rowena, Doug’s and Maryhill today. Right near Hood River is the borderline location. With a few low clouds overhead early this morning, it’ll probably get to 17-20 at the Hatch and Hood River today. The steadiest wind will likely be further east.

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We’ll see light east wind tomorrow as a very strong storm system approaches the coast. When that low pressure system crosses the Cascades midday Tuesday, watch out for very, very strong west wind through the Gorge, likely hitting 40+ late in the day, with the strongest wind east of The Dalles. Definitely drive preemptively tomorrow, as it’s not going to last long. The rest of the week sees a series of low pressure systems off the coast, with periods of upper teens, gusty west wind interspersed with light wind under partly cloudy or overcast sky.

For you windsurfers and kiters today, there’s a multi-sport swap meet going on at Windance. If you’re headed there, throw some extra cash in your pocket and join CGWA or CGKA and support those organizations’ efforts to improve your access to the river. Also today, there’s pickup rugby at 3pm in Mosier, and there’s pickup Ultimate Frisbee at 4pm at the Hood River Marina. And coming up tomorrow, it’s Victoria Day!

Have an awesome day today!