9/25 Gorge wind and events

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 September 25, 2012

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It’s looking like the warm and dry weather is going to keep going all this week. Speaking of warm, it’s 61 degrees this morning. That’s pretty silly for this time of year! Anyway, we’ll have sunshine today, but those marine clouds are pretty thick in Portland (and a bit past Hood River, but more on that later), so we’ll have west wind for your playtime. This morning’s gradient is .12, and that’s enough for low twenties on the river at sunrise. I bet it’s windier in Mosier.

As the clouds burn back today, the wind should hit 19-23 at the sandbar, 24-27+ at the Hatchery, and then pick up at Doug’s and Rowena late for the 24-27+ evening session.

The westerlies might hold for a couple of hours tomorrow morning, but by midday it’s going to be dead calm, and it’ll probably switch to light east wind in the afternoon. The east wind picks up to 15-18 on Thursday, but backs off again on Friday.

If you want to try something new tonight, there’s Rugby and Triathlon. Rugby’s at the Hood River Marina at 6pm. The mini triathlon workout is at the Event Site at the same time. Tomorrow night, the fabulous Ocean Frog and team bike riders head to the Syncline for a 5:30pm after-work ride.

Coming up this weekend, it’s the White Salmon Homecoming Celebration on Saturday. As part of the celebration, there’s a community raft trip down the White Salmon. This trip’s only $20, so call Wet Planet to reserve your spot. You can also sign up for a free salmon dinner as part of the celebration. With Condit Dam gone, the Steelhead and Salmon are back in the river, and the Steelhead have been seen as far up as BZ Falls.

For cyclists this weekend, there’s the Hood River Harvest Ride with lots of family-friendly, fully supported road riding. Visit Hrharvestride.com for more information.

Have an awesome day today!