6/8 Gorge wind, naked bike riding, and other stuff going on

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 June 8, 2013

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Good morning,

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Wind forecast

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
8a-11a 11a-3p 3p-dusk
Stevenson 10-13 10-15 15-18 15-18
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) 21-24 24-27 24-27 21-24
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle 15-18 17-20 23-26 23-26
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall 10-15 10-15 18-23 18-23
Arlington / Roosevelt 10-15 10-15 15-18 15-18

Happy Saturday, June 8th. Do you know what today is? It’s World Naked Bike Ride Day. I can’t say that on the radio, but I can tell you people. Want more information? Here’s a video about it. Here’s the website for the ride. Where did this incredible spectacle of nakedness and bicycles come from? It originated as a protest against the overuse of fossil fuels, and as a way to encourage people to ride bikes. Yes, you should do this ride. No, you should not substitute naked windsurfing or kiting. Or maybe you should…

Wind forecast

It’s going to be a windy day today. Heck, it’s already in the low 20’s at the Hatchery and the teens further east with a .12 gradient and clouds in the western Gorge. We’ll see the wind pick up to 24-27 at the Hatchery by mid-morning, holding through early afternoon, with 18-23 in Hood River and 15-18 further east and further west this morning. The Lyle stretch of the river will pick up to 24-27 this afternoon with 18-23 at Maryhill and 15-18 or so at Arlington. There are no passing storm systems or weather disturbances today to disturb your water time; the wind should be relatively steady.

Tomorrow looks very similar, with dawn patrol at 21-24 in the morning near Hood River, picking up to 25-29 midday near Hood River and filling in at Doug’s and Maryhill in the afternoon. Monday and Tuesday both look really wind, with 26-30 or better right at sunrise (that’s for you, Whit) and holding all day long.

If you need photos of you windsurfing or kiting, Grant Myrdal will be around this weekend. Look for the blue flags or for his photo-covered Dick Hannah Subaru.

For you wavesailors, you should be at the coast: 15-20 north, 25 central, and 35+ south today with an 8′ swell at 14 seconds. Add 5mph to those numbers for tomorrow and combine with a 6′ swell at 11 seconds. Monday’s coastal wind looks just like today’s, with a 5′ swell at 9 seconds.

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Cycling news

In biking news, best of luck to all our local riders heading to Bend for the second Race in the Oregon Enduro Series. We had lots of riders on the podium here in Hood River, so hopefully we’ll continue that trend in Bend.

The Mt. Hood Cycling Classic still needs volunteers. Yes, that means you. Not me. I’m considering riding the whole damned thing. Yeah, I’m nuts. Visit their website to volunteer.

Other Stuff

If you’re looking for something to do tonight, head to Columbia Center for the Arts where Doug Ammons, world-class kayaker and the spiritual guru of the kayaking world, presents Riverscapes, a talk on how environment shapes how we view the world.

Coming up tomorrow, there’s pickup touch rugby at the Mosier School at 3pm and pickup ultimate frisbee at the Hood River Marina at 3:30. both of those pickup games welcome beginners, so swing by and give it a shot!

Solstice (from way over there in Bingen) has to move, and they’ve found the perfect spot on the HR Waterfront by Pfriem. They need your help: Kick down at the Solstice Kickstarter campaign. A $25 donation gets you a pizza or 5 slices, should the campaign kick in 18 days. Think of it as paying for your pizza in advance. I signed up. You should too. Local crowd-sourcing in action. Let’s do this thing! (and yes, you’re gonna hear about this until it’s done)

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!