6/5 Gorge wind, cycling news, and other events

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 June 5, 2013

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Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
8a-11p 11p-3p 3p-dusk
Stevenson 0-5 10-15 17-21 21-24
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) 0-5 5-10 gusty 21-24 gusty 17-21
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle 0-5 0-5 5-10 gusty 21-24
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall 0-5 0-5 5-10 16-19
Arlington / Roosevelt 0-5 0-5 5-10 16-19

Good morning,

Based on some feedback I received yesterday, we’re going to try some new stuff for a bit and see how it works out. And for those of you who think I’m “over” windsurfing and wind sports, you’re nutso! I went out on my 4.0 two days ago and had a great time. That said, I’m always open to constructive suggestions for how to make the forecast better for you. It might be free, but it can always be improved! Nasty or highly amusing emails are subject to publication. Trolls will be outed.

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We’ll see light wind – well, basically no wind – this morning, making for great cycling, standup paddling, fishing and gardening weather, but the wind will pick up later. By late morning, we’ll see 10-15 at Stevenson, by mid-afternoon, we’ll have west 15-18 at Stevenson with 12-15 at Hood River, and by late afternoon, we’ll have gusty 21-24 from Stevenson to Hood River (briefly at Hood River – do not dilly-dally or tarry), hitting 16-19 further east. The strongest, steadiest wind today will likely be at Stevenson, as a passing weather system makes other places gusty.

Cooler temps and more low clouds in the western Gorge tomorrow mean stronger west wind. Expect 17-21 from Hood River to Mosier early in the morning (Stevenson, under the clouds, most likely, will be lighter), with 22-25 by midday from Stevenson to The Dalles, holding until dark. If the Friday models are correct, we’ll see west wind at 24-28 pretty much all day. Maybe stronger.

At this point, it looks like we’ll see strong west wind this weekend, but models are all over the place. If I were you, I’d wait one more day to finalize your weekend plans, as predicting the wind more than 72 hours out is really a crapshoot.

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Cycling news

In sad news for cycling, Chad Sperry announced yesterday that this will be the last year of the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic. Let’s make it a great event: if you’re a cyclist, sign up to race. If you’re a local with a little extra time, sign up as a volunteer. Visit Mt. Hood Cycling Classic.com for more information.

In other bike news, the first person to go ride Falls Creek top to bottom and get me some information on the condition of the trail, whether there’s snow, and how many trees are down, wins cupcakes. Same goes for Lewis River. Contest expires when I ride those trails.

And don’t forget about the Post and Pinot ladies’ ride (all abilities welcome) tonight (free pint of beer or glass of wine after – I – can’t believe ALL of you aren’t there – men in wigs and tutus are welcome) and the Post and Pint tomorrow. Both at 5:30 at Dirty Fingers. And the Bend Enduro this weekend. And the Gorge Short Track race in Cascade Locks tomorrow night. Come cheer us on. We need you!

Other Stuff

Also at 5:30, meeting at Husum, there’s the Kayak Shed’s Shop Paddle on the Lower and Middle White Salmon. At 3:30, there’s rugby at Henkle Middle School in White Salmon. If you’re quick, you might be able to make it a multisport day. Coming up Saturday at Columbia Center for the Arts, kayaking’s guru, Doug Ammons, presents a multi-media presentation on how environment shapes how we view the world. This guy is pretty amazing. You should be there. Tickets are $10.

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!