7/22 Gorge wind and events

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 July 22, 2012

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I really thought the wind would be blasting first thing this morning. It’s windy early, but not blasting, which is nice because it gives me time to enjoy some strong, cold-brewed coffee. But don’t you worry your little heart; It’s only going to get windier. If you want reasonable, you better get it now. The .12 gradient will give us 22-25 very quickly today, picking up to 28-33 around noon, with the strongest wind early at the Hatch and Mosier. However, by early afternoon, all hell breaks loose, with 33-38 possible at Doug’s and Maryhill, with 28-32 at Arlington. The only place with less wind today will be Cascade Locks, where low clouds may keep the wind in the 17-20 range.

Tomorrow starts off with a brief burst of 23-26 from Stevenson to Hood River, but the wind will quickly drop back to 17-20 for the rest of the day. Tuesday looks like a light wind day, with 10-15 at best under sunny skies with warm temps. After Tuesday, it’s looking like the wind will pick back up again.

In Cascade Locks today, it’s the final day of the North American Laser Championships. Lasers are small one-man boats designed for less wind than we’ll see today, and Laser sailing is an Olympic event, so you might just see some future Olympians racing on the Columbia. Swing down to Cascade Locks and check it out!

Starting tomorrow and continuing until Friday, we’ll have the US Windsurfing Nationals happening at Hood River’s Event Site, with Formula, Slalom and Freestyle competition over the 5 day event. If you hadn’t heard, Windsurfing is out of the Olympics for 2016. If you want to change that, you can sign the petition at uswindsurfing.org.

Also tomorrow, it’s the classic bike ride: The Hood River to Mosier “booze cruise”, aka the “Alternative Ride”, leaving Mt. View Cycles at 6:30. No spandex. No clips. Just a mellow cruise to the Thirsty Woman for food and beer and a nice ride back. Helmets and lights of some sort required.

Have an awesome day today!