8/1 Gorge wind and events

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 August 1, 2012

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Before you read on, please remember that this report (wind, snow and events, year round, almost every day – WOW!) is brought to you free of charge. It’s my hobby, but it’s valuable to you, and I put it out here free so you have more fun and waste less gas. But there are five times as many people using it for free as there are making donations. We all know windsurfers and kiters and skiers can make a small donation to keep a good thing going. So we’re trying something through Labor Day. It’s a fun game! I offer this forecast as an email subscription for a minimum $12 yearly donation. That gets you in the running for a few prizes here and there, and from now on it’ll give you consistency. Here’s the scoop: If I get donations totaling $15 or more on a given day, I’ll post a forecast the next day. If not, only the people on the mailing list get the forecast. So, let’s see what happens, and thank you for your support!

Tomorrow’s forecast status:

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I do have some nice business sponsors who give away prizes for my email recipients, people who’ve donated. This week’s is Celilo Inn. When you’re visiting The Gorge, you need a place to stay. Hood River’s a little short on hotel rooms and vacation rentals, as you may have noticed. There’s another option: The Dalles, up-and-coming with yummy food and fun bars with a we-live-here-not-just-vacation-here vibe. Where do you stay? Celilo Inn on the east hill above town, with spectacular views of the river and the dam and locks. Suite rooms with views of the Columbia. Big pillow-top mattresses. A pool. A fire pit. A mini gym. Adventure packages with whitewater rafting and wine tours. And it’s not just for tourists: Celilo Inn can give you locals an escape from the crazy summer bustle of Hood River. We’re giving away a couple of nights to people who’ve donated $12 or more. See… another reason to support this report.

Okay, first of all, it’s August 1st, and I only have a few ripe tomatoes. That means it’s been a very slow start to the summer, heat-wise.

On to the wind forecast: The clouds are west of my house this morning, and the gradient is at .11 to start, so that means it’s a Corridor day. Also, there are no weather systems moving through, so the wind should be pretty steady. We’ll start with 19-23 near Hood River this morning, picking up to 23-36 and holding pretty much all day long, and filling in to Stevenson, Mosier and Doug’s in the afternoon.

Tomorrow sees a stronger marine push into Portland, so assuming the clouds stay west of Hood River, we should see stronger wind. One problem tomorrow is a weak weather system moving overhead early in the morning, so you may find steadier wind both before the system moves through and after. Watch the sky for high clouds to determine the timing. You can expect 23-26 to start from Hood River to Mosier, picking up to 24-28 midday and filling in to Doug’s, Rowena and Maryhill in the afternoon.

Friday starts with west wind at 13-15 or maybe a little less. Models say it’ll die early, but I think we’ll see light west wind through late afternoon. Saturday brings light east wind, and Sunday starts off light, switching to west 17-20 late in the day.

Tonight is family night at the Family Man bike Park in Post Canyon. Grab your kids and their bikes and meet up there at 5:30 for kid-friendly riding on the beginning stunts in Family Man. Matt Klee and Snap-On Todd and the rest of the Hood River Area Trail Stewards have been up there putting in all sorts of cool new features, so head up there, even if you’re only a kid at heart, and check it out. I think that advice goes for me too, because I haven’t seen Matt’s handiwork, but I hear it’s cool!

Also in bike news tonight, the girls of the Post and Pinot ride from Dirty Fingers at 5:30. Despite the Post Canyon logging scene, they’re making it happen. On the water, there’s the Kayak Shed’s shop paddle and the sailboat races from the Hood River Marina, with plenty of wind.

Going on all day today through Sunday, it’s Sportbike Northwest, with all things motorcycle going on in Stevenson.

Have an awesome day today!