8/25 Gorge wind and events

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 August 25, 2012

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Tomorrow’s forecast status: Umm… sorry about that. 5.5 hour bike ride + 3 hour drive. Thanks for the donations.

Today looks like a very nice weather day, but if you’re looking for wind, you’re going to have to drive west, as an offshore low turns the wind easterly through the Gorge. We’ll see 15-18 this morning at Stevenson and Rooster, picking up to 23-26 mid-morning. By mid-afternoon, the wind will drop off drastically, switching to light west late tonight.

West wind returns tomorrow morning as a cold front moves into the Gorge. We’ll see 13-15 in the morning, picking up to really gusty 24-27 in the afternoon all the way from Stevenson to Arlington late in the day.

On Monday, an offshore low knocks down the wind, for gusty westerlies at 15-18 at best.

Coming up this weekend, there are a couple of opportunities to give back to your trails and your community. This morning, Positive H20 hosts a work party on the Hood River waterfront, all the way from the Hook to the Spit. Everyone’s welcome to come help, and the first 50 people at the Expo Center Parking lot at 9am this morning get a free t-shirt.

Tomorrow, friends of Coldwater host a big work party near St. Helens to open a new section of mountain biking trail. Google it if you’re interested. It’s the #211 trail, and they’re looking for 100 volunteers. Last I looked, they had 70-ish people signed up.

For all you hikers, it’s Pacific Crest Trail Days in Cascade Locks on Thunder Island. Swing by and chat with all the through hikers and everyone else camping out. Camping opens at 10am on Saturday and shuts down on 4pm Sunday.

Have an awesome day today!