8/26 Gorge wind and events

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 August 26, 2012

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Tomorrow’s forecast status: Thank you, Toshi. Everyone go eat sushi at Kaze!

Wow. That was a bit of a late forecast (although I’m not sure 8:30am really qualifies as late for humans on Sunday morning). Anyway, I did about 50 miles of singletrack in the last couple of days and fully crushed myself. It was great. I was tired. I slept in. =)

All of a sudden we’re in a bit of a fall weather pattern with an offshore low off the coast and colder night temps. Will the cold in the desert overnight and low pressure off the coast for the next couple of days, the wind is going to get less reliable in the Gorge for you windsurfers and kiters.

We’ll see westerlies today, starting out at 15-18 from Stevenson to Hood River (while I was writing this, I checked the iWindsurf, and it was reading 18 at Swell and 0 in Hood River). The wind will be gusty, but it will hold all day, and then pick up to 19-23 this afternoon in Stevenson and the eastern Gorge late.

I’m being conservative with that afternoon call. We have a frontal system moving in this afternoon, and there’s a chance we could see Stevenson and the eastern Gorge hit 24-28 late this evening.

With the low still off the coast tomorrow, we’ll see light west wind early in the day, picking up to gusty 15-18 in the afternoon. We”ll see another weather system swing through Tuesday afternoon, for stronger gusty west wind.

The low makes a move across the Cascades late Tuesday, for 13-15 in the morning and gusty 23-26 in the afternoon with a very slight chance of some sprinkles. Wednesday and Thursday bring light wind.

To start the week tomorrow, there’s free Tai Chi at Wilson Park in Hood River. Meet at 6pm for a free class. Beginners are always welcome. Also tomorrow night, at 6:30, there’s the Alternative Ride out of Mountain View cycles. Bring your cruiser bike, a helmet, and a light for a ride to the Thirsty Woman in Mosier and back.

Looking ahead to Labor Day Weekend, it’s the start of the bicycle transportation alliance’s annual Bike Commute Challenge. Sign up for local team GO! At bikecommutechallenge.com. Coming up Labor Day, it’s the 70th annual Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim. Registration is now closed, so swing on by and cheer on the hundreds of swimmers.

Have an awesome day today!