6/25 Gorge wind and events

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 June 25, 2012

Good morning,

Columbia Center for the Arts, on June 27th, presents the cycling film Rising from Ashes, a feature length documentary about the first Rwandan National Cycling Team and their six year journey to the Olympic Games in London. It’s not about the bike. It’s about second chances, how our past doesn’t have to define our future, and the triumph of the human spirit over one of the world’s most devastating genocides. The story is told by Forrest Whitaker and follows Team Rwanda. Producer, director and Editor T.C. Johnstone will be on hand to talk about the film. The team’s top rider Adrien Niyonshuti rode in the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic and will be riding in the 2012 Olympic Summer Games. There will be a reception in the lobby at 7:00. with the film beginning at 7:30.

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Junuary continues today, with another strong upper level low off the coast. That low will move east this afternoon, kicking up Gorge winds and bringing more rain showers. Expect west wind at 10-15 this morning, starting to pick up around 2pm or so, first at Stevenson (21-24), then through Hood River (18-23), and then out east after 5pm (26-30). Overnight tonight, the westerlies in the desert blow in the 28-32 range.

The low clears the Cascades late tonight or early tomorrow morning, setting up a windy day. It’ll probably be showery in the western Gorge, but east of Mosier, or maybe east of The Dalles (depends on where the clouds end up), we’ll have 28-32+ at sunrise. This is not a perfect setup – I’d rather see strong high pressure building in after this system, but it still will be windy all day. 26-30 seems reasonable at Doug’s, Maryhill, Arlington, and all points in between, holding through late afternoon. This isn’t quite the right setup for The Wall and Rufus, but it’s worth taking a look if you’re headed that direction, just in case.

On Wednesday, high pressure will give us clear sky and light wind in the morning, and then in the afternoon, we’ll see high clouds slide over the Gorge and a return to light west wind.

Tonight, there’s free Tai Chi at Wilson Park in Hood River. It’s fun, it’s relaxing, and you’re welcome to come try it, even if you’re a total beginner. Tomorrow night is the Hood River triathlon club’s practice at the east end of the Event Site, and tomorrow night, weather permitting, is the free ladies standup paddle club brought to you by Big Winds.

Also tomorrow, it’s the monthly Hood River County trails meeting. For all of you who are interested in how the trails and county forest land are maintained, this meeting is for you. It’s at 4pm at 601 State in Hood River. I’ve learned a ton by attending these meetings, and I highly recommend you come, at least once.

Have an awesome day today!