8/18 Gorge wind and events

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 August 18, 2012

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Tomorrow’s forecast status: Thanks, Tim!

We’re starting off the morning nice and cool with a solid west gradient. Although there wasn’t any wind early, it will pick up to 10-15 midday and 15-18 mid-afternoon, with 17-21 possible this evening. The wind will start in Stevenson and move east to Hood River, filling in all the way to Arlington at 10-15.

By tomorrow morning, westerlies kick in strong at 24-28 or maybe 26-30 from Stevenson to Hood River. It’s not an ideal setup, with instability in the atmosphere and a front moving through. We’ll see the wind go up and down and be gusty, but at least it will be windy!

As of this morning, Monday looks like 15-18, but Tuesday looks like 28-32. Strongest wind will be in the central Gorge.

There are all sorts of sporting fundraisers going on today. First off this morning, at 9am, is the Paddle for the Park at Hood River’s Waterfront Park, raising money for the nicest waterfront park in the Gorge. Also today, it’s the Kids in Motion bike, run and skate fest in Bingen from 3:30-6pm. After that, and also in Bingen, it’s the White Salmon Pool fundraiser with food by Beneventi’s and beer by Everybody’s.

It’s not a fundraiser, but today and tomorrow is the Naish Paddle Challenge at the Waterfront Park. It’s one of the biggest SUP races in the world, and all the top pros will be here. Come on by, because there are free standup paddle demos and lessons going on all day long both days. Get more info at GorgePaddleChallenge.com.

With the unstable atmosphere and slight chance of thunderstorms today, we should see a very good chance of an awesome sunset, so keep your camera handy when the sun starts going down. Sunset tonight is at 10 after 8. Tomorrow’s sunrise should be equally awesome.

Oh, and I swung by the fish stand at Windance in the heat of the day yesterday and had a chance ot meet Doug, the other half of the partnership. He’s so nice, and a really cool guy. I like advertising for people like him. Steelhead was $6/lb yesterday and Chinook was $10/lb.

Have an awesome day today!