8/15 forecast

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 August 15, 2011

If you want to learn to kite, you want to learn from the best, and around here, that’s Cascade Kiteboarding. Why? On-the-water lessons take place at the west end of Well’s Island, away from the chaos of the sandbar. Your lesson will be one-on-one, with radio helmet instruction, this year’s gear from Da Kine and Liquid Force, and dedicated jetski assistance. And let me point out that Cascade Kiteboarding is the ONLY school with those radio helmets, so it’s the one school where you won’t have an instructor yelling at you while you’re learning. One of the lucky people on the email version of this forecast will win a two hour kiteboarding lesson later this week.

First off, I’d like to wish the best to the kiteboarders who were injured Friday at the Sandbar. Crossing my fingers for the best possible outcome for all of them.

If you look up at the sky this morning, you can see high clouds east of Hood River. That was our best chance for rain moving through, and also our best chance for a cloudy day. The gradient is at 06 as I write this forecast, and there’s a nice marine deck in Portland. So, let’s call it 13-15 this morning, picking up to 17-20 this afternoon from Stevenson to Rowena and Doug’s.

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Summerier weather makes a comeback tomorrow as a weak ridge of high pressure sets up over the Northwest. That should keep the wind down tomorrow, in the 5-10 range at most, making for a good day for road biking, standup paddling and fishing.

Stronger westerlies return on Wednesday as the north Pacific high builds over the ocean, a trough of low pressure sits on the coast, and a strong marine push sends clouds into the western gorge. We should see westerlies in the upper teens early, building to 23-26 or better near Hood River by early afternoon.

Today’s the Mosier bike ride for the Native Eyewear photo shoot. If you want to represent the Gorge, meet at the Hood River side of the Twin Tunnels trailhead at 5:30 with a longboard, rollerblades, or whatever else you’ve got. This is a weather dependent photo shoot, so if we don’t have sunshine at 5pm, consider it cancelled. However, given the better-than-expected weather this morning, we expect the ride to be on this evening.

If you can’t make the early Native ride, join the Mountain View Cycles casual ride to Mosier, leaving the shop at 6:15, and also this evening, you’ve got the option of free Tai Chi at Hood River’s Wilson Park at 5:30.

Have an awesome day today!


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