5/3 Gorge Wind Forecast

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 May 3, 2012

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Good morning,

The weather isn’t looking so great for playing outside today, with rain falling in the central Gorge through this afternoon before tapering off this evening. I was thinking today might be a good day for everyone from Hood River, White Salmon, and anywhere west of there to head to The Dalles for some road or mountain biking. Ah, spring. Don’t worry, kids. The sun will be back for a nice long haul by Saturday afternoon.

If you’re going for a road ride, get it early, because the wind is coming. It’ll start off light this morning, but as a low pressure system crosses the Cascades midday, we’ll see the west wind pick up. Expect 15-18 by afternoon near Hood River with 26-30 east of The Dalles. Coming up tomorrow, we’ll start off with 17-21 near Hood River, picking up to 23-26+ in the afternoon as a weak system moves toward the coast. We’ll see west wind in the teens to low twenties Saturday and a calm, sunny day on Sunday.

Coming up on Friday, it’s First Friday in Hood River, and you know that’s a good time, with art, music and social time downtown, so make plans to be there.

This weekend’s another fun and busy one. It’s the last weekend of ski season at Meadows, with skiing from 9am-3pm. It’s Cinco de Mayo, with parties everywhere. It’s the Oregon Trail Rally, with rally car racing on Middle Mountain on Saturday and near Dufur on Sunday. On Saturday and Sunday, Big Winds has free standup paddle demos at the Event Site, and on Saturday, CGORA has a dirt bike ride leaving Pine Mont at 10am.

Okay, I’m outa here. Thank you all again for voting for me in Grant’s photo contest. I’m going for a ride in a rally car today, thanks to you!

Have an awesome day today!


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