7.9 forecast (posted 7.8 pm)

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 July 8, 2009

Good morning everyone!

An upper level low rotates over the Pacific Ocean today, keeping Gorge gradients slack and temperatures below normal.

If you’re looking for wind today, you’re probably looking in vain. At best, we’ll see 16-20 from Hood River out to Rowena for the after work session today. Most of the day, however, is going to be too light for anything but trainer kite flying.

Tomorrow looks better, with warmer weather in the desert. Morning winds blow in the 10-14 range through the corridor, picking up to 22-25 late in the day. However, southerly upper flow sends thunderstorm potential soaring, and we know that thunderstorms kill the wind. So, there’s a 50/50 chance of mid-twenties wind tomorrow, depending on thunderstorm development.

So… if you’re a windsurfer or kiter, find something today. Working is a smart call, but if you’d rather play, I vote for road biking. But… that might be because I just bought a new road bike from Mountain View the other day. Spending money makes me want to ride more. I suppose that is a good thing? Any excuse for exercise…

Anyway, that’s beside the point. The Dirty Divas shuttle Surveyor’s this morning, and Dirty Fingers sends you around Mitchell Ridge this evening, followed by a pint of Double Mountain’s finest. Meet at Dirty Fingers at 5:30 for that ride. Also tonight is the Hood River Triathlon and Big Winds’ standup paddle races. Meet at the event site around 5:30 for those two.

And whatever you do today, have an awesome day!