7.17 Forecast

Posted by
 July 16, 2009

Good morning Gorge sports fanatics!

It’s the start of another busy, windy weekend in the Gorge.

Today will be the lightest wind day of the next three, as high pressure crushes gradients and keeps windspeeds in the slalom and kite-friendly range. A light start gives way to slowly building westerlies. By early afternoon, we’ll see 14-17 in the corridor, building to 17-21 by later in the day.

Tomorrow starts off with upper teen winds through the corridor. Winds build as the day goes on, hitting the 23-26 range by afternoon. Depending on when a shortwave hits the coast, we could see even stronger winds late afternoon, as much as 30 if we’re really lucky!

That shortwave crosses Oregon tomorrow night, and combines with high pressure off the coast Sunday morning for strong westerlies through the Gorge. Mid twenties is the minimum we’ll see on Sunday, building as the day goes on.

The long term forecast through Tuesday looks windy as well, so don’t leave town if you like windsurfing or kiting!

In other news, today is the Seismic Skate Systems slalom race down the east side of the twin tunnels trail. If you’re a spectator, head over. If you’re road biking, today’s a good day to ride somewhere else. Other weekend events include… probably on Saturday, the windsurfing Blowout race. Check VMG events dot com for more information. On Saturday, The Neverending Story plays at Jackson Park. On Sunday there’s a swap meet at Windance.

Whatever you do today, have an awesome day!