7//21 Gorge wind and events

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 July 21, 2012

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We’ll see light wind for much of the day today, as low pressure off the coast keeps the pressure gradient across the Cascades minimal. 5-10 this morning and early afternoon picks up to 13-15 from Stevenson to Hood River mid-afternoon.

The offshore low giving us light wind today moves inland tonight, and gradients will pick up behind it, for a garbage can rolling start to the day. You can expect 25-29 for the dawn patrol session near Hood River tomorrow morning, ramping up to 28-33 from Hood River to Maryhill by early afternoon, with less wind in Stevenson, which should be under the clouds and mid-twenties out towards Arlington. Windiest stretch of the river tomorrow should be Doug’s/Rowena in the afternoon. Monday starts out with very strong wind near Hood River, but models are predicting a quick drop into the low twenties by mid-morning.

If you’re out driving today, watch out for cyclists doing Jackson’s Ride the Gorge, including the couchsurfers staying at my house tonight. They’ll be on Lost Lake Road, Dee Highway, and on the old highway headed to The Dalles. Give them plenty of room, as they’re out there raising money for a great local chairty, the Jackson Hill Foundation.

Today at the Hood River Marina, it’s the Hybrid Adventure Decathalon where people do things like crawl under barbed wire, shoot crossbows and toss kegs. It’s worth stopping by for a few good laughs. And at the Cascade Locks Marina today, where there will be serious faces on serious competitors, the North American Laser Championships continue. Also today, wind permitting, it’s the final day of the RoSham Throwdown kiteboarding contest at the Hood River Sandbar. Tonight is the RoSham closing party at the Ruins. Parties at the ruins are fun. This should be no exception.

Have an awesome day today!