7/10 forecast

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 July 10, 2010

Good morning!

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Now, the forecast:

Today is Kiteboarding for Cancer at the Hood River Event Site, and Mother Nature is providing wind today. The 5am gradient was .11 from Portland to The Dalles, and that’s going to increase as a weak system drags more marine clouds inland later. We’ll see 19-23 this morning from Stevenson to Hood River, building to 24-28 this afternoon, and filling in as far east as Maryhill, and possibly Arlington. Remember, the Event Site is closed both today and tomorrow, but you can still sail out of the Hood River Waterfront Park and the Hook.

A deeper marine push happens tonight, setting up another west wind day tomorrow. We’ll start off with dawn patrol in the upper teens to low twenties near Hood River (probably from Swell to Mosier, but possibly from Hood River east), with a quick build into the 24-28 range by midmorning. The wind will hold into the afternoon, filling eastward .

The early call for Monday is more west wind. Actually, a lot more west wind. Maybe even nuclear force Corridor westerlies.

In biking news, it’s getting dusty out there, so slow down a little bit to save yourself from crashing on the ball bearings. In trail news, Gunsight is now clear of trees (thank you Mitchell), but there are 15-20 patches of deep snow, so your feet will get wet. Same goes for Plains of Abraham: the uphill/downhill is clear, but there are patches of cold, wet snow on the Plains. If you’re crossing your fingers for Jacoby, speaking of biking, his situation remained unchanged as of 5pm Friday. Come on Jacoby – we love you!

Boaters, the White Salmon’s at 2.7 feet and the Klickitat’s at 1530 cfs.

Today is the King Salmon road bike race in Hood River (Dock Grade is closed), and coming up tonight is the EpicSessions, Shadowbox Hood River Jumpoff Video and awards party at the Waucoma Club at 2nd and Cascade. If you think windsurfing was more fun to watch when people just went big instead of spinning around on flat water, this is the party for you. You’ll just see huge air and carnage, so come check it out. 9pm.

Also tonight, Hood River’s favorite band, Sunderland, has a cd release party at Dog River Coffee. It was going to be $5, but they announced on Facebook last night that they’ve dropped the cover charge. The show is free! And finally, Monsters Inc. plays on the big screen, outside, for Movies in the Park in Cascade Locks.

Whew. That’s a lot of fun stuff going on. Whatever you do today, have an awesome day!


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One comment

  1. Dave Johnston |

    We did the Plains yesterday and most of Smith Creek as well. The downhill on the first part of Smith had some loose pumice which made for a floaty front end, but the bottom was pretty much clear of debris. The Plains had about 5 patches of snow and were in great shape. Another group gave us a tip to turn right at a rock cairn near the bottom of Smith. We road up a single track on an old logging road that was a shaded middle ring climb that dumps you right at your car at the top.
    First timers should note that you don’t actually go into the town of Cougar like the directions state.