7/19 Gorge wind and events

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 July 19, 2012

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Quick announcement: The sandbar has reappeared. Today is your last day to kite at the Event Site. Starting tomorrow, you must launch and land at the sandbar.

Next announcement: If you lost a diamond wedding band in Post Canyon at any point, please email me. A friend of mine found one. Describe it, and you can have it back.

For wind today, we’ll see an early start at 13-16 in the western Gorge, but the wind will quickly back off to 5-10 or so as a low pressure system moves up the coast and shuts down the pressure gradient. By afternoon, that low moves east, giving us late afternoon westerlies at 15-18 through the whole Gorge.

Friday looks pretty wind here, as that low pressure system sits to our east. We’ll start with 17-20 in the western Gorge with 23-26 east of Hood River, picking up to 25-29 in the eastern Gorge in the afternoon. On Saturday, we start with light west wind, picking up to 17-21 in the afternoon, and then on Sunday, don’t plan on doing any sort of light wind activity, because models are predicting a very windy day as an offshore low moving eastward drags deep marine clouds and cool air into Portland, while high pressure begins building off the coast. The best wind Sunday should be in the afternoon as the weather stabilizes.

Speaking of stability, or lack thereof, we do have another chance of thunderstorms tonight, from about 5pm through about 2am, with the strongest chances early. After tonight, the atmosphere stabilizes, and that’ll be the end of the exciting and nervewracking (for cherry farmers) weather for a while.

In events, the RoShamThrowDown kiteboarding contest continues today at the Sandbar with a party at the British Pub tonight, starting at 7:45pm. Also today, it’s the Laser North American sailboat racing championships in Cascade Locks. No location known for their party.

Coming up tonight, it’s the goodbye wake for Seven Streams, with runners leaving the bottom of Post Canyon Road at 5pm and cyclists leaving the same place at 5:45, or leaving Dirty Fingers at 5:30. Ride it today. It closes tomorrow and logging begins next Monday.

Have an awesome day today!