6/20 Gorge wind and events

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 June 20, 2012

Good morning,

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Today’s forecast: Happy summer solstice to everyone. It’s the longest day of the year today, so make sure you get out and enjoy some of the daylight. You have over 16 hours of daylight to enjoy today. I believe Dave Russell knows the exact amount if you need more details.

This lovely long-daylight, beautiful, gorgeous, sunny, perfect day is not a very windy kind of day. It’s going to start out easterly and stay that way today, with 21-24 in the western Gorge from Rooster Rock to Stevenson today, with light east wind everywhere else. Right now it’s in the twenties at Rooster and less than 10 at Stevenson, but models are still convinced it’ll be in the twenties at Stevenson by 11am, despite the current .03 gradient. So, let’s just believe the models. In the meantime, maybe a road ride is in order?

Tomorrow starts off with light wind, picking up out of the west at 17-20 in the afternoon in the western Gorge. On Friday, an approaching weather system is going to bring us more clouds, possibly some sprinkles, and strong west wind. Hooray!

For fun tonight, there are sailboat races at the Hood River Marina, the Post and Pinot women’s mountain bike ride leaving Dirty Fingers at 5:30, and the Kayak Shed’s shop paddle.

Coming up this weekend, it’s Steernwheeler Days in Cascade Locks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All sorts of local artists will be there, and there will be all sorts of cool demonstrations by real live mountain men. You’ll have to see it to believe it.

Also this weekend, your chance to give back with four days of trail maintenance at Beacon Rock. You don’t have to show up for all four. Just check out Washington Trails Alliance’s website for more details.

In mountain bike news, 15-mile is open. Cook’s Meadow is open. Falls Creek is open top to bottom with no downed trees. 450: not yet open. High Prairie: not yet open. Post Canyon is riding really nicely, except for 130 and bladerunner, which are dusty.

Have an awesome day today!