7.11 Forecast

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 July 11, 2009

Good morning Gorge sports fanatics!
First off today, best of luck to the Race Across Oregon riders. These racers ride 516 miles over the next two days, nonstop. The 23 solo riders left at 5am, and the teams take off at 9am. You can follow the racers at RaceAcrossOregon.com.
Non racers meet at mountain view at 8am and women riders can meet at Dirty Fingers at 8:30 for certifiably sane group rides.
Winds start out light today, but with Portland buried under clouds, weak winds won’t last. It’s 15-18 this morning building to 17-21 by midday. As the desert heat takes over, winds keep climbing. I think we’ll see 24-28 late today from Hood River out to Rowena, possibly out to Arlington. If the timing is right, we’ll see stronger winds, but that requires weather perfection.
As the upper low slides east tonight, winds don’t stop. Dawn patrol is the call tomorrow, with 23-26 from Doug’s eastward. Winds build and build tomorrow, eventually hitting the 30-35 range in the eastern Gorge.
Monday looks windy too, with high pressure off the coast and low pressure in the desert. Quite frankly, I think we’re looking at a couple of epic days!
In other news, Francisco Goya entertains you with a windsurfing clinic at Windance this morning and a windsurfing BBQ at Windance tonight. For seated fun, try the outdoor showing of the movie Big at Jackson Park.
Whatever you do today, have an awesome day, and get plenty of sleep tonight!