7/7. Sunday. Gorge wind. Events. Fish giveaway raffle thing at Windance today.

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 July 7, 2013

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It’s been a long time since I saw this many west wind days in a row. You wind Johnnies will be pleased to know that the windy streak won’t end any time soon. Sorry, road bikers. You’ll have to ride in the wind. I did yesterday, and it was not bad at all. Now my legs are tired.

Wind forecast

Looking at the satellite image this morning gave me a sense of deja vu – it looks exactly the same as yesterday. But… there are a couple of differences between yesterday and today. First, there’s more gradient; .11 vs .07. This will give us stronger wind today. Second, there’s a shortwave headed our way this afternoon. This will make the wind after, oh, 2pm or so, gusty and a bit unreliable.

So, the earlier you get out, the better, unless you’re headed to Stevenson, where the wind should pick up and improve with the approach of this system. All that said, you can expect westerlies at 23-26 mid-morning near Hood River, filling in at Stevenson and Doug’s this afternoon, and picking up at Arlington and Maryhill late.

All that said, I’d usually predict more wind with an early .11 gradient, but I’m erring on the low side today due to that approaching weather system. There’s a decent chance we’ll see 25-28 near Hood River late morning and at Stevenson this afternoon. But don’t count on it. Geez… that was a lot of talk for one day’s forecast…

Tomorrow starts with the leftover influence of the passing weak weather system, so we should see dawn patrol in the 18-22 range near Hood River. Gradients will drop as the day goes on, leaving us with 15-18.

Tuesday looks like a lighter wind day, probably 15-18, but a stronger marine push on Wednesday brings stronger wind.

Keep an eye out for Grant Myrdal’s blue flags. He’ll be out there shooting photos of you windsurfing and kiting all week and weekend. Visit him at his booth at the Event Site entrance. He likes baked goods…

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Stevenson 10-15 15-18 21-24 23-26
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) 18-22 23-26 22-26 gusty
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle 10-15 15-18 23-26 gusty
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall 10-15 15-18 15-18 21-24
Arlington / Roosevelt 10-15 10-15 15-18 15-18

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Very Important News

If you’re out and about this morning, swing by Windance – it’s their last swap meet of the season, and it’s your chance to score some good deals on windsurfing and kiting gear. The swap runs from 8am to noon or so, and there will be raffle prizes, including a nice fat salmon from Doug and the guys at the fish stand in the Windance Parking lot. Those guys are so nice! And typing this made me want to go buy some fish. Yummy.

Tomorrow’s the first day of the window for the Hood River Huckfest, slated to be held at Rufus. This is a kiteboarding big air event, and it’s going to be not-to-be-missed action as the competitors throw themselves 40 or 50 or more feet in the air trying to win the title of big air King and Queen. Check out the Hood River Huckfest Facebook page for more information.

For you cyclists, there are two rides tomorrow: the mellow ride around the Gorge at 5:30 and the mellow booze cruise from Mountain view at 6:30.

Have an awesome day today!