9/20 Gorge wind and events

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 September 20, 2012

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First thing today, I’d like to say thank you to all of you who donated during August pledge drive month. There was never a day where I didn’t post a forecast, because every day someone donated. Thank you to all of you both for using this forecast and for supporting it! Remember that although it’s free for you to use, it’s not free for me. I put a lot of time into giving you an accurate forecast, and I pay for the hosting on this website. If you find it valuable, please take the time to make a donation to support what I do. Your generosity helps keep this going for everyone. I also send an email version of this forecast. Make a $12 or larger donation, and you’re on the email list for a year. No more dealing with the twice-yearly pledge drive, and you’ll also have a chance to win prizes from the sponsors. Thank you again for your support!

This week’s sponsor is Dirt Hugger, offering curbside food waste collection service for your business, school, office, store, restaurant or hospital in Hood River and The Dalles. All that food waste becomes awesome compost for your garden, yard, farm or vineyard. You can pick up that compost or have it delivered. If we as a society can’t make composting happen through our cities and counties, at least we can make it happen through a cool local business. This is one of my favorite businesses in the Gorge. Support them, please

Yesterday turned out to be a bonus west wind day for you windsurfers and kiters. The models sure didn’t predict that and neither did I, but I knew I was in trouble with the forecast when I went to Portland and it was still socked in at 11am. I’m betting it’s cloudy there again this morning, but not as cloudy as it’s going to be for the next few days… Anyway, it looks like we’ll see light wind this morning, slowly picking up to west wind at 13-15 lat this afternoon from Stevenson to Hood River.

West wind will really pick up overnight tonight, as high pressure builds off the southern Oregon coast. We should start off tomorrow with westerlies at 24-18 near Hood River, rising to 30+ by midday and holding through the evening, with the wind filling in out to The Dalles in the afternoon.

It’s going to blow all night long tomorrow night, and then we’ll see west wind at 28-32 or more all day Saturday, from Hood River to Mosier in the morning, filling in from Stevenson out to Maryhill in the afternoon. Lighter westerlies continue on Sunday, but it still looks like we’ll see 20+ through the western Gorge. At this point, it looks like we’ll see a September miracle, with westerlies continuing through Tuesday, possibly Wednesday.

Coming up Saturday, watch for road bikers, as the Echelon Gran Fondo comes to town, with hundreds of cyclists raising money for their favorite charities. Also on Saturday, it’s the Grominator Skate contest at Hood River’s skate park. Then on Sunday, it’s the Gorge kids triathlon at Hood River’s Waterfront Park. The Dirty Fingers customer appreciation party and campout is all weekend long, if you want to ride bikes, eat and drink. I will be out of town all weekend, so tomorrow’s forecast is the last you’ll get until Monday, or possibly Tuesday.

Finally, mark your calendar for next Saturday, the 29th, the grand opening celebration for the lowest section of the White Salmon River. Wet Planet, River Drifters, and All Star are currently figuring out logistics of running that section, but they’re taking reservations for the community float now. It is possible that a log jam and Steelhead Falls might stymie the effort for the Lower-Lower, but they’ll still take you rafting on the rad White Salmon. It’s only $21.40 for locals, so sign up now by calling Wet Planet.

Have an awesome day today!