8/31 Gorge wind and events

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 August 31, 2012

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Tomorrow’s forecast status: Thank you for all your donations during pledge drive!

Today’s going to be the windiest we’ve seen in a while, with morning westerlies at 21-24 picking up to 24-28 this afternoon. Why? Well, the 3am gradient was at .09, and that’s pretty good for the middle of the night. Strongest wind today will be near Hood River this morning, holding nice and strong near Hood River through the afternoon and picking up to 24-28 at Doug’s/Rowena/Lyle late in the day.

Tomorrow starts with 17-20, picking up to 21-24 by late morning. Where to go? Near Hood River in the morning. Anywhere from Hood River to The Dalles in the afternoon. Sunday starts off pretty light, as a weak weather system swings through. Models can’t make up their minds if it’s going to be windy or not in the afternoon. Let’s call it 10-15 for now and leave it at that. Holiday Monday looks like 15-18+ .

If you’re thinking ahead to the long labor-free Labor Day weekend, start thinking about the Windance customer appreciation party from 6-9 on Saturday night. There will be plenty of food and drinks for everyone, along with live music by local youth bands Walter and the Conquerers and Toy Gun Conspiracy. Also on Saturday night, the movie Derby Baby (that’s a Roller Derby flick) plays at Columbia Center for the Arts, with all proceeds benefiting local charity Athletes for Cancer.

Then on Sunday morning, it’s wind Johnnie and wind Betty’s (that’s you and me) last chance to clear out the garage with CGWA’s last swap meet of the season, starting at 8am at the Hood River Expo Center Parking lot.

The long weekend continues on Monday, with the 80th annual Roy Webster Cross-Channel swim. I hear they’re still looking for volunteers, so if you’d like to help out, send and email to admin@hoodriver.org.

Finally, Mt. Hood Meadows put their season passes on sale yesterday. Adult passes this year are $524, and the preseason discount is available through November 4th. I’ll try and put together the analysis of similar seasons past within the next couple of weeks. Not that past results are indicative of future performance, but it’s nice to pretend we know what’s going to happen…

Have an awesome day today!