Good morning Gorge sports fanatics!
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A nice heavy layer of low clouds is stacked in the Gorge this morning and the 5am gradient was at .12 from Portland to The Dalles, and I can hear wind gusts moaning outside my window. I don’t know why they’re moaning. Maybe they’re upset that they have to be awake so early?
Anyway, .12 is a good start to the day if you want to get out for some windsurfing or kiting. With the clouds a little past Hood River, the strongest wind this morning will be at Mosier, but the wind will quickly fill back to the Hatchery as a few clouds burn off. By mid-morning, we’ll see 21-24 from the Hatchery down to Mosier, building to 23-27 from the Hatchery out to Rufus by afternoon. If you want a little less wind, try Viento, the sandbar and Lyle.
Tomorrow looks lighter as an upper level low sits off the Oregon Coast. Despite a solid marine layer, windspeeds will hover in the teens tomorrow, at best. That’s great if you’re a kiter, but not so great if you’re hoping for the famous super-strong Gorge winds.
For after work fun tonight, there’s the free ladies standup paddle night at the Event Site, starting at 5:30. As a special bonus, Naked Winery is doing a free wine tasting for all the standup paddle girls. And don’t forget about $5 fish tacos and beer dinner at the Sandbar café! Also tonight is the Tuesday Night Tri at the east end of the Event site, starting at 6pm.
Boaters, the Hood River’s getting low at 3.6 feet, the Klickitat’s at 1980 cfs and the White Salmon is hovering around 3 feet even.
If you’re looking ahead to the holiday weekend, 2nd Wind is hosting a huge party on July 2nd at the Horse and Hound pub. The nature of this party isn’t quite set (please approve the permit, Mr. City Manager and Mayor!), but no matter what happens, it’s going to be a good party… 2nd Wind knows how to throw ‘em!
Have a great day today!