7/11. Thursday. Gorge wind. Gorge parties. Gorge beer. I so very much do not like beer.

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 July 11, 2013

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Good morning,

You know you like photos of yourself windsurfing or kiting. Or skiing. Or snowboarding. If you ride Meadows, you know Grant Myrdal. You’ve seen the blue flags on the good days. Well, those blue flags are in the Gorge now, and Grant and his team are out shooting photos of YOU ripping it up. This is more PSA than advertising, cuz we all love photos. Grant’s out there like Waldo. Find him. And don’t forget to smile. Smiles make photos prettier. We’re giving away two photos (of you, duh) on the email list. Yeah, Grant! =) .

Temira’s random morning thoughts

Hopefully everyone enjoyed the respite from the wind yesterday. I did. My hair looked much prettier, and my dashboard didn’t get covered in dust and pollen when I left my windows open to dry out the 2 gallons of water I spilled in the car while I was out riding Boulder Lake. Well, I wasn’t there to spill the water – it spilled itself. Either way, there was a lake in my passenger footwell when I returned.

Wind forecast

Hmmm… Interesting start this morning. There’s plenty of gradient – .14/.07 – but the windspeeds don’t match. Why? These wispy high clouds above suggest the influence of a passing weather system, a surefire trigger for decoupling of the gradients and windspeeds. Don’t worry. It’ll be windy.

I’m going to be conservative today. Once the last of these high clouds move through, the wind will pick up. Expect 23-26 near Hood River, Mosier and Rowena all day today (after the high clouds are totally gone) with the exception of an early afternoon heat lull. Doug’s will see periods of 26-30. The Hatch may too. Stevenson will be in the upper teens all day, picking up to 22-26 late this afternoon. Maryhill will be in the upper teens all day. (Isn’t it amazing how much the forecast can change in just 24 hours?!?!)

Tomorrow starts with 18-22 near Hood River, holding through mid-afternoon when it will likely get lighter and gustier due to a weak shortwave moving through. The wind will fill in at Stevenson and Doug’s in the upper teens to low twenties early in the afternoon, and low teens seem likely at Maryhill and Arlington. A weak upper low off the coast will likely make things a bit gusty tomorrow, and possibly throw some thin high clouds our way.

Saturday looks pretty light, but we might see just enough wind for KB4C – 10-15ish all day.

Speaking of KB4C, it’s happening Friday through Sunday at the Event Site. Both windsurfers and kiters can use the beach on Friday, but it’s only open for kiters on Saturday and Sunday – with the exception of the Never-Ever-Windsurfed race on Sunday… If you want to check out KB4C from the party side, head to the British Pub on Friday night from 8:30-11pm.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Stevenson 17-21 17-21 17-21 20-23
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) 18-22 23-26 23-26+ gusty
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle 26-30 26-30 22-25 gusty
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall 10-15 15-18 17-21 gusty
Arlington / Roosevelt 10-15 10-15 15-18 15-18

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Bike News

It’s Thursday, and that means today is the Post n’ Pint mountain bike ride at Dirty Fingers. Join the boys (and men) for a race-pace ride through Post Canyon, This is your chance to push yourself as hard as you can. Your reward? A free pint of beer after the ride! Not interested in the ride? Swing by for beers – the cheapest pints in town – because Dirty Fingers is a BikeShopBar.

In other bike news, Ranger Jimmy T is going to kick my butt for telling you that Boulder Lake is green-dot-go because of the scattered trees down on the trail. Remember, there’s a tree on the descent, two by the lake, and five on the climb. But the lake is warm and beautiful!

Speaking of Jimmy T, join him and the 44 Trails Association this Sunday (9am at Little John) to work on the SuperConnector trail linking Knebal Springs to Surveyor’s Ridge. Brand new singletrack. We need your help. It’s not going to be windy, so please make plans to join us. Pleaeeeaaaaase! Boots and a helmet of some sort are required.

Very Important News

The most important news today is that my best friend, Liela, is arriving this afternoon!

In news you care about, today is the Gorge Laser Blowout, which should be pretty darn fun to watch if the wind picks up as forecast. It’ll be even more fun if it’s windier than I conservatively predicted. The Laser Pacific Coast Championships continue through Sunday in Cascade Locks. Also on the river today is the Gorge Bump n’ Glide, downwind paddling for paddlers of all crafts. Meet at the Nichols Boat Basin at 5pm to shuttle westward.

For you beer drinkers and park users (please don’t do these two at the same time/place), TONIGHT (not last night, sorry) is Pints for the Park, a fundraiser for the Hood River Waterfront Park. Double Mountain is donating $1 of each pint to the park, so go drink some beer!

Kiteboarding 4 Cancer kicks off tomorrow and lasts all weekend long. Pray for wind!

Have an awesome day today!