5/26 Recreation Report (posted 5/25 pm for 5/26 – update at 6:30am)

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 May 25, 2009

Good morning Gorge sports fanatics! Hopefully you had a great Memorial Day weekend!

The windsurfing and kiting were both stellar yesterday, with strong, steady winds and big swell in the corridor. It’s going to be another windy day today. Marine clouds meandered into Portland overnight, giving us a .14 gradient (gotta like a guess!) to start the day. Right now we have low pressure at the coast, but high pressure will build as the day goes on, causing gradients to increase. We’ll have 17-21 this morning from Hood River to Mosier, building to 25-28 this afternoon from Doug’s eastward.

AT this point, tomorrow looks light in the Gorge as a trough sets up at the coast and high pressure takes root near BC. Try the coast instead. The north coast sees 15-20, the central sees 20-25, and the south gets 30-plus tomorrow, with a four foot swell. Those aren’t big waves, but hey, you don’t need waves to boost big air with a kite!

Thursday and Friday look like repeats of tomorrow.

Mountain bikers, I have fabulous news. Mitchell at Dirty Fingers Bike Repair reports a Forty-Four Road fiesta! Surveyor’s Ridge, 8-mile, and Kniebel Springs are all open and cleared of fallen trees. There’s a little snow left on Kniebel, but nothing to keep you from riding the trail!

Boaters, the Hood’s at 5.2 feet, the White Salmon’s at 5 feet, the Little White’s at 800 cfs and the Wind River’s at 790 cfs.

Whatever you do today, and wherever you end up, have an awesome time at it!