8/21 Gorge wind and events

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 August 21, 2012

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Tomorrow’s forecast status: Still $3 short as of 8:27pm. Going to bed. Have a great night!

Today is going to be a windy one. Although there wasn’t much happening on the water at 7am, we’ll see conditions change pretty quickly. There’s a low pressure trough making its way east (the high clouds and convection in the desert are a good sign), and as soon as that clears the area, we’ll see today’s real weather kick in. Right now the gradient is at .12. It will get bigger. The marine clouds may push a bit further east, but as of now, I think we’ll see a very windy day at the Hatch and Hood River as that trough moves to the desert and high pressure builds in the eastern Pacific.

By mid-morning, we’ll see 28-33 from Hood River to Mosier, filling in to The Dalles, Maryhill and Arlington this afternoon, with 26-30 east of Biggs and 30-35 at Doug’s and Rowena.

Coming up tomorrow, we’ll see more strong, steady west wind, at 26-30 from Stevenson to Hood River in the morning and at Rowena in the afternoon. Thursday also looks super windy, at 26-30, but there will be a trough pushing through, so it may be gusty. On Friday, we’ll see the wind back off for just one day. At this point, it looks like strong west wind will return for the weekend. So, my pick for strongest + steadiest = best is tomorrow, but today will be good too.

Coming up tonight, there’s the Tuesday night triathlon practice at Hood River’s Event Site, with a 500 yard swim, a 2 mile run, and a 7 mile bike ride. Everyone’s welcome to come and work on transitions and get a great workout.

Tomorrow night’s the busy weeknight for those of you who like to play outside. There’s the kayak shed’s shop paddle on the lower and middle white salmon. You don’t need a roll, to run the Lower. You just need minimal kayaking skills. There’s also sailboat racing out of the Hood River Marina, there’s the family-friendly bike night at Family Man in Post Canyon, and the mountain biking gals ride the Post and Pinot Ride out of Dirty Fingers at 5:30.

Have an awesome day today!