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Looks like a pretty light wind day in the Gorge today, as high pressure fills in on both sides of the Cascades. At best, we’ll see east wind pick up to the upper teens to low twenties at Home Valley, Stevenson and Rooster Rock today. It might be a nice day for an easterly downwinder. And hey, even if there’s not enough wind, there’s definitely enough current to take you downriver. You could be in Portland in time for dinner!
Tomorrow brings a weak weather system through the Northwest, nothing that will bring rain, but enough to make the wind pick up in the Gorge. We’ll see west wind at 10-15 to start, and then gusty 22-25 from Stevenson to Hood River by early afternoon. The strongest, steadiest, longest-lasting wind will likely be at Stevenson, with a couple of hours of good wind at the Hatch and Big Sandy Area. The wind will also fill in to Avery, Celilo, Maryhill, Rufus, Philippi Canyon, and Arlington/Roosevelt late in the afternoon. But it will be gusty at all those places.Thursday looks very similar, with west wind at 10-15 early and gusty 24-28 in the afternoon.
If you want to sail colder water, head to the coast anywhere south of Oceanside for 20-25 or more for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, there will also be nothing bigger than a 3′ swell for the foreseeable future. Good thing the coast is multi-fun, with lots of places to eat chowder after you bump along the nearly-flat ocean surface.
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Tonight in Hood River, there’s pickup touch rugby at 5:30 at the Hood River Marina. At 6pm, the Hood River triathlon club meets for their weekly triathlon practice of 500 yards swimming, 2 miles running, and 7 miles on the bike.
Coming up tomorrow night, there’s pickup rugby at Henkle middle school at 3:30, there’s the Kayak Shed’s shop paddle at 5:30 in Husum, there’s sailboat racing at 6pm in Hood River, and there’s the ladies’ Post n’ Pint mountain bike ride. On Thursday, it’s Short Track in Cascade Locks, and you really should come and try it. Why? Because I want to cheer you on while you race!
On a totally different note, Hood River band Sunderland needs your help. They have a chance to open for Weezer, but they need votes. Head to the contest website and vote for them. Then share the link via all your social media sites. You can vote once a day, so let’s help this local band make the big time!
Have an awesome day today!