9/18 Gorge wind and events

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 September 18, 2012

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Models are calling for another day of east wind today, with the wind rising to 15-18 in Stevenson and Rooster, before the wind slowly dies and switches to westerlies at 13-15 late in the afternoon.

It looks like we’ll start off with light westerlies tomorrow, before the wind swings back around and switches to light easterlies. On Thursday, we’ll see west wind at 10-15 or so, along with some high clouds and muggier weather. In other words, the next couple of days are going to be great for SUPing and wakeboarding and road biking, but not so great for wind sports.

In the extended forecast, westerlies pick up into the low twenties on Friday and then, if the forecast holds, blow in the upper twenties to low thirties on Saturday and Sunday. I can almost guarantee it will be super windy on Saturday and Sunday, as I’ll be at the Dirty Fingers mountain biking campout! (In other words, no forecast for you this weekend, sorry.)

For fun tonight, join the pickup touch rugby crowd at Hood River’s Marina at 6pm, or join the Columbia Gorge triathletes as they do their weekly workout, starting at the east end of the Event Site at 6pm.

Coming up this weekend, there will be cyclists all over the roads in the Gorge, so hopefully the a**hole who threw the tacks on Dee Highway won’t do it again. The Echelon Gran Fondo will send roadies on old highway 30 and the out towards Odell on Saturday. On Sunday, Gorge Owned sends bike commuters on the Super Commuter Race, a scavenger hunt, through Hood River. To join that race, show up at Tsuruta Park at 13th and State at 10am. And finally, in mountain bike world, it’s the Dirty Fingers annual customer appreciation party and campout this weekend.

Have an awesome day today!