8/19 Gorge Wind and Events

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 August 19, 2012

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The Naish Paddle Challenge continues today at Hood River’s Waterfront park, with more demos and a beer garden and a downwind race from Viento back to Hood River. The race leaves Viento at noon, so if you’d like to see the finish, hang out at the Event Site somewhere around 1pm. The races are some of the best in the world, and they should have great conditions today.

It’s a lovely windy and cool start to the day today. The gradient is at .12 and it’s already blowing in the mid-twenties at the Hatchery. Models suggest 25-29 today. That seems a little high with the gradient this morning, but the desert has a jump on the heating, so the wind should stay strong. Best wind this morning will be Hood River to Mosier, with Stevenson and Rowena joining the fun later on.

Coming up tomorrow, low pressure off the coast and low pressure in the desert messes with the Gorge’s juju, but we’ll still have west wind. You can expect west wind at 17-21 from Stevenson to Hood River Monday morning, with less wind further east. Then we’ll see a midday lull to 15-18 and more wind in the afternoon.

On Monday night, high pressure starts building in the Pacific, and a low pressure trough swings across the Cascades, setting up a classic Gorge day on Tuesday. Expect dawn patrol wind at 24-28 on Tuesday, building to 28-32+ from Hood River to Maryhill in the afternoon with a little less wind at Stevenson and Arlington. At this point, it looks like west wind of some sort will continue all the way through next weekend.

If you’re a dirt biker looking to give back today, you can help out on a motorized work party in the Dark Meadow Trail area of the Gifford Pinchot.

Have an awesome day today!