7/26 Gorge wind and events

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 July 26, 2012

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It looks like another nice morning out there for standup paddling and riding bikes. If you’d like to try standup paddling, Windance and Gorge Kayak School have free demos and beginner lessons tonight in the Nichols Boat Basin. The light conditions shouldn’t last too long today; the gradient was at .09 at 7am.

That should give us 15-18 early, rising to 22-25 by 11am and picking up to 24-27 from the Hatchery out to Doug’s this afternoon.

Tomorrow sees a trough of low pressure along the coast, which will bury Portland in cold marine clouds. Combine that with heat in the desert, and it’ll be a windy day around here. We should start with 21-24 near Hood River, picking up to 25-29 midday and filling in to Doug’s, Rowena and Maryhill in the afternoon.

That weather setup holds on Saturday and Sunday, giving us westerlies in the mid to upper twenties both days.

For you moto riders and mountain bikers, heads up that salvage logging is happening on the 140 trail between Post Flats staging area and the top of the 140 switchbacks. There are many trees down on the trail and loggers working in the area, so consider it closed at this time.

Speaking of Post, we’re still looking for the owner of a diamond ring found in Post Canyon. The ring may have been out there a long time, so if you lost one there, please let me know.

Finally, the weekend: Don’t forget about the Gorge Farm Tour of farms, ranches and vineyards, coming up this Sunday. Check out the Gorge Grown Food Network’s website for more information.

Have an awesome day today!