9/15 Gorge wind and events

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 September 15, 2012

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We’re going to see west wind today in the Gorge and cooler temperatures, but with high pressure in Idaho, the wind can’t get super strong. That said, we do have a .09 gradient this morning and wind in the upper teens. This morning looks nice, with steady west wind at 19-23 near Hood River. This afternoon, however, a low pressure system approaches, and although that will spread the wind out from Stevenson down to Rowena, it will also make it gusty and holey. And it will make it windy in the upper valleys, a fact you road cyclists might find helpful.

Of note is the fact that after today, you won’t see west wind for a long, long time, so you should definitely take advantage of the westerlies today.

Right now models are suggesting light west wind switching to light east wind on Sunday, but with high pressure off the coast and low pressure in the desert, the common sense call is for west wind of some sort all day on Sunday, so I’m going against the models and just calling for very light westerlies, possibly switching to very light easterlies after noon.

Coming up Monday, Indian Summer goes into full swing, with a big ridge over the PNW giving us highs in the 80’s and light wind for the extended forecast.

If you want to ride bikes today, you’ve got a chance to try the latest and greatest from Kona Bikes for free. Join Dirty Fingers and the Kona rep at Family Man from 10-4. See ya there. Trying bikes is fun!

Also today and tomorrow, you can race cyclocross or just cheer on the spectators at the course in Cascade Locks. Racing runs from 9 to 4 or so both days, so swing by for a bit and give the riders some love.

Coming up next weekend, Dirty Fingers has their annual customer appreciation party and mountain bike riding campout. If you’d like to get in on the fun, and it will be fun, give the shop a call for details. Also next weekend, it’s the Echelon Gran Fondo, named, by Bicycling mag, “The best Fall fondo.”

Have an awesome day today!