8/23 Gorge wind and events

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 August 23, 2012

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Tomorrow’s forecast status: Should be updated around noon. Thank you!

As expected this morning, the marine clouds have pushed past Hood River, setting us up for a very windy day east of Hood River. A low pressure system will make its way eastward along the BC border later today, increasing the pressure gradient even more. Expect gusty 17-21 from Stevenson to Hood River, unless the clouds miraculously burn back. Expect building westerlies topping out at 30-35 at Doug’s and 26-30 at Maryhill and Arlington today. This is a pretty decent weather setup, so the wind should be fairly steady today.

The models suggest rapidly building high pressure tomorrow will shut off the Gorge wind. We’ll see lingering westerlies in the early morning hours, but probably nothing strong enough to be useful. Models say we’ll have glassy conditions later, but I suspect we’ll see light west wind all day.

On Saturday, we’ll have east wind at 13-15, or maybe a little more, and then we’ll have gusty westerlies on Sunday.

Tonight in Hood River, it’s the always-fun May Street Block Party from 3:30 to 7, with $1 swimming at the pool and the weekly farmers’ market. Also tonight, there’s the recovery bike ride leaving Disco at 5, and the Post and Pint boys shuttle Dog River, leaving Dirty Fingers at 5-something. Also tonight, SUP Thursdays at the Gorge Kayak School, with free SUP demos and lesson brought to you by Windance.

There are a few events this weekend. It starts off with movies in the park in Cascade Locks on Friday night, with the movie Swiss Family Robinson. On Saturday, it’s the Bug-In at movies in the park Hood River, with the movie “Herbie Rides Again” and front row parking if you drive your Volkswagen beetle.

Also this weekend, it’s Pacific Crest Trail Days on Thunder Island in Cascade Locks both days. On Saturday, there’s the Positive H20 Beach Cleanup in Hood River meeting at the Expo Center parking lot at 9am. Help Jake and friends clean up the Hood River waterfront. First 50 people to show up get a T-shirt.

Have an awesome day today!