7/27 Gorge wind and events

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 July 27, 2012

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Looks like we’re headed back into a long windy stretch here in the Columbia Wind Tunnel. That’s great news for the final day of the Windsurfing National Championships. As of 5:30 this morning, the marine clouds were still west of Hood River, and there was 25mph dawn patrol at the Hatchery with a .12 gradient. That’s a stellar way to start the day, but I have a feeling the marine clouds may continue to push in past Hood River. If they do, the wind at the Hatch will drop back to gusty 21-24 for the remainder of the day with steadily increasing wind topping out at 28-33 at Mosier, Rowena and Maryhill, with 20-23 at Arlington. If the marine clouds stay where they belong, we’ll see 27-31 at the Hatchery by mid-morning, picking up to 28-33 at Doug’s and Maryhill this afternoon.

Once concern today is the dynamic nature of this system. This could make it gusty and not-good at the Maryhill stretch of the river. Your sure thing today? Doug’s this afternoon.

Coming up tomorrow, less marine push. 15-18 to start near Hood River, picking up to 21-24 by midday. Sunday starts at 21-24, picking up to 24-27. Monday looks windy too.

If you’re out after dark tonight, tomorrow, and really all the next two weeks, keep your eyes on the sky for the Delta Aquarids meteor shower, which combines with very little moon this weekend for good viewing. The show is best between midnight and daybreak, so grab a blanket and a lawn chair and go find a dark spot in the wee hours.

Also today and tomorrow, at a more reasonable hour of the day, it’s the Hood River County Fair at the Fairgrounds in Odell. And once the fair is done, you can do the Gorge Farm Day on Sunday, with a tour of local vineyards, farms and ranches.

Have an awesome day today!