9/13 Gorge wind and events

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 September 13, 2012

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It’s going to be another ripping windy easterly day if you’re in Stevenson or further west. Expect 30+ at Stevenson with 35+ at Rooster Rock today. It was 40mph at Rooster at the time of this report, with a nice gradient of .20. Sadly, the Rooster Cam was down. As long as it’s working by the time we see a true winter nuker, I’m happy.

The wind should hold through early afternoon before slowly fading overnight. Fire guys in the central Gorge and people in fire zones (god, there are so many now…) can expect northeasterly wind at 5-10 this morning, rising to 15-20 this afternoon on the ridgetops and up in the valleys. East wind at 15-18 tomorrow morning at Stevenson and Rooster quickly fades, switching to west at 15-18 tomorrow afternoon. Coming up this weekend, westerlies at 15-18 Saturday and lighter Sunday.

If you’re out and about tonight, at Springhouse Cellars, it’s the CGWA windsurfer of the year awards. Be there from 6-9 tonight for food, drinks, awards, and socialization. Dress warmly: the low last night was 42, and it doesn’t look much warmer tonight.

If you’re around this weekend, and you like to ride bikes, join Dirty Fingers for free 2013 Kona Bike demos. The Satori is pretty rad on the downhills… give it a shot. Give the shop a call for the time and location, and also for the availability of beer and bbq after. Also this weekend in bike news, it’s the Mt. Ashland Hillclimb, where you’ll see some of the Gorge’s top riders on the podium. Speaking of podiums, both Saturday and Sunday bring the DoubleCross cyclocross race to Cascade Locks.

In whitewater news, the Tieton is having its annual dam release, and at 2300cfs, it’s a lot higher than it’s been in the last few years. Several of the local companies will be running trips if you’d like to check out this class III wave train.

Have an awesome day today!