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First today, a public letter to the Columbia River: Dear Columbia, you’re totally awesome. I wanted to thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for yesterday’s wind and waves. I don’t know how you make glassy, overhead waves roll down the river when the wind is tearing leaves from trees and dirt from the ground. I don’t care how you do it. I just want to thank you, because windsurfing (or kiting) 3.0 conditions at the place we call “The Wall” is one of life’s great joys. Thanks. Please do it again soon.
Arlington. We’ll see a slow and steady build to to gusty 21-25 from Stevenson to The Dalles, as a weather system approaches this afternoon. The strongest, steadiest wind will be at Stevenson, and the eastern Gorge will also be decent, with 21-25 at Arlington late.
Tomorrow sees an upper low headed for Idaho midday, leaving the western Gorge cloudy and showery for much of the day. That said, we should see dawn patrol at 21-24 from Mosier to Doug’s, with the wind picking up to gusty 26-30 through the whole Gorge by midday. The only possible problem tomorrow is instability (no, not the instability of your forecaster) in the atmosphere, leading to possible thunderstorms in the afternoon. If that happens, kiss the wind goodbye. Just watch the sky and the radar image, and don’t go driving into a wall of thunderclouds.
On Friday, we’ll see west wind at 21-24. At this point, it looks like we’ll see a series of low pressure systems wandering around the coastal waters, leaving us with gusty, but strong-enough-to-use, west wind. I think… long ways out to be making a call, especially as weather models get less accurate long-term the more ‘stuff’ is going on in weather world.
|Your favorite beach||Dawn
|Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site)||5-10||10-15||briefly 21-25||15-19|
|Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle||5-10||10-15||gusty 21-25||gusty 21-25|
|Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall||10-15||15-18||gusty 18-23||gusty 18-23|
|Arlington / Roosevelt||10-15||10-15||15-18||23-26|
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For you gals, tonight’s the no-drop Post and Pinot women’s mountain bike ride leaving Dirty Fingers at 5:30. Do the ride, and you’ll be drinking complimentary wine from Naked Winery after the ride. Tomorrow is the Post n’ Pint, where 2 hours of hammering on a bike through a beautiful forest earns you free beer from Dirty Fingers. What could be bad about that? Tomorrow is also the the last race in the Gorge Short Track series in Cascade Locks. Come watch Lora Melkonian kick Temira’s butt in the Cat 2 women’s race!
Tomorrow from 10-6, Rocky Mountain has free bike demos in Post Canyon. They’ll be stationed at Family Man.
Tonight: pickup rugby at 3:30 at Henkle Middle School. Karma Yoga, by donation, at 4pm at Flow Yoga, Kayak Shed Shop paddle at 5:30 at Husum (LWS/MWS class II+/Class III+), and sailboat racing at 6pm at the Hood River Marina.
Holy crap Saturday is busy: White Salmon’s Rheingarten Park hosts Kids in Motion from 11-2, with all sorts of free kids’ activities and free swimming at the pool. There’s the White Salmon Backyard Half-Marathon. The hammerhead road bike racers go hammering at 9am, leaving Ground Coffee.
There’s a work party on the new part of quad trail #130 in Post Canyon – you moto and quad riders will want to meet at Post Flats at 9am for this one, and you mountain bikers will too, because this is going to be a great climbing trail. Then on Saturday evening, there’s a Lacrosse fundraiser at Hood River High starting at 5:30, and, because we here at theGorgeismyGym.com love Jeri McMaster, there’s the grand opening of the Power Station gym at 6. There’s also an open house there Friday..
Also, the Solstice Kickstarter campaign is still going on.
Have an awesome day today!