9/28 Gorge wind and events

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 September 28, 2012

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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

It’s really hard to tell this morning if the Gorge is buried in smoke or if the sky is blocked by high clouds. I suspect it’s a combination of both, as there’s a weak going-to-do-nothing front moving this direction today, and that usually gives us high clouds. As the smoke layer makes obvious, we have light east gradients this morning. As a front approaches this afternoon, expect the wind to pick up out of the west. By noon, we should see 5-10 from Stevenson to Hood River, and the wind will slowly pick up to 17-22 from Stevenson to Mosier this afternoon.

As that weak weather system moves through tomorrow, the westerlies will keep blowing, with gusty 21-24 all day from Stevenson out to The Dalles. Models are currently showing the wind being strongest near Doug’s and then shifting back to Hood River in the afternoon. I suspect the real scenario will be wind all day east of Hood River, picking up to 17-21 near Hood River in the afternoon. The west wind dies off tomorrow night, and swings around to light east wind on Sunday. At this point, it looks like we’ll see east wind from Monday through the middle of next week.

There’s a big, long-period swell hitting the coast this weekend. Saturday looks good at the central coast, and possibly up north if you have a big kite. Sunday looks good (but a bit offshore and gusty) from the north coast all the way to the south coast.

For fun this weekend, there’s the White Salmon Homecoming party, celebrating the removal of Condit dam and the return of fish to the White Salmon River. Also Saturday, Hood River’s Harvest ride, and Crossfit Hood River’s annual throwdown and BBQ at the Marina.

Starting Monday, it’s the annual eco-challenge. Pick just one small thing you can do to make the earth a better place, and do it for the month of October and help make the Earth a better place.

Finally, if you have renewed your Meadows season pass already, you can get your pass photo taken at Hops Fest, from 12-9, according to the email MHM sent yesterday. Drunk pass photos. Hmm.

Have an awesome day today!