8/29 Gorge wind and events

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 August 29, 2012

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Tomorrow’s forecast status: So sorry guys. I hit “save” instead of “publish” this morning. My apologies.

Today’s going to be our first taste of fall weather, with a low pressure system swinging across the Cascades leaving clouds and cooler weather. With the marine clouds pushing all the way past Hood River this morning, and light gradients, we’ll still see some wind. Expect 14-17 this morning from Stevenson to Mosier, picking up to 16-19 by mid-morning and holding, with wind available for your riding pleasure from Hood River to The Dalles this afternoon.

Tomorrow starts with westerlies at 10-15 near Hood River, slowly rising to 17-21 early afternoon from Stevenson to Hood River as high pressure builds off the coast. Friday looks like 17-21, and Saturday/Sunday bring westerlies in the low twenties, with the wind mainly focused near Hood River.

As always on Wednesday night, there’s a lot to choose from: It’s the final family mountain biking night at Family Man this evening at 5:30. Also tonight, the women’s mountain bike ride out of Dirty Fingers Bike Repair at 5:30, Sailboat racing at the Hood River Marina at 6:15, and the Kayak Shed’s shop paddle on the White Salmon, currently running right around 2 ¼ feet.

On Saturday, it’s the start of BTA’s bike commute challenge. Ride your bike to work during September and earn prizes from local businesses. On Labor Day, it’s the annual Roy Webster Cross-Channel swim. It’s full, but they’re still looking for volunteers. Email admin@hoodriver.org for information on helping out with the event.

Finally, on Saturday night from 6-9 it’s the Windance Customer Appreciation party with bbq and beer and music by local bands Walter and the Conquerers and Toy Gun Conspiracy. Don’t stay out too late, because the last swap meet of the year is Sunday morning bright and early.

Have an awesome day today!