8/27 Gorge wind and events

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 August 27, 2012

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Tomorrow’s forecast status: Thank you, Jonathon. Everyone have a great day!

The offshore low that gave us high clouds yesterday will stay parked off the coast today, keeping Gorge winds light for the most part. We’ll see westerlies at 5-10 this morning, picking up to 15-18 late this afternoon near Hood River. Ok… when I wrote this around 8am, it was blowing 16 at Swell, but with only .03 gradient, that’s not really a sustainable number, so I’d expect the wind to drop off before it picks up this afternoon.

That offshore low moves east late tomorrow, for westerlies at 15-18 in the morning. Midday, the wind will pick up to very gusty 23-27 from Stevenson to Hood River, possibly a touch stronger at times. In the afternoon, the wind spreads east at 23-26. The wind looks fairly light on Wednesday. Thursday’s forecast is a bit muddled, so I’ll hold off.

Coming up this evening, feel free to swing by Wilson Park in Hood River for free Tai Chi class at 6pm. Also tonight, at 6:30pm, it’s a casual group ride from Hood River’s Mountain View Cycles to Mosier’s Thirsty Woman.

Looking ahead to Labor Day Weekend, windsurfers and kiters have the last swap meet of the year, happening on Sunday at the parking lot of the Hood River Expo Center. This is your last chance to clear out your garage or pick up some new gear for cheap. On Labor Day, it’s the Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim. Registration’s full, but they’re looking for volunteers. Get more information by emailing Elizabeth at admin@hoodriver.org.

Next weekend is also the start of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance’s annual bike commute challenge. Visit bikecommutechallenge.com to register, and join team Go! So you can win prizes and gift certificates to local businesses for logging your bike commute miles.

Finally, I’d like to say a public thank you to Toshi from Kaze for a lovely dinner the night before last. That was his way of saying thank you for the wind forecast. If you guys haven’t eaten sushi at Kaze, it’s awesome. Really. And what’s even more awesome is Toshi’s spicy ramen soup. It’s not on the menu, but if you ask nicely and it’s not too busy, he might just make it for you.

Have an awesome day today!