9/3. Local’s Day. Wind, events, and Prime Rib. Yummy.

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 September 3, 2013

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Random Morning Thoughts
It’s the day after Labor Day in the Gorge, and that means it’s Local’s Day. Sorry visitors, but this one is for the year-round residents! Woot woot! No more traffic jams. More space on the water. Less stopping for people who don’t know where the stop signs are downtown. Our town emerges from tourist season today, looks around, and if it sees whitecaps on the river, it crawls back into tourist season for another six weeks. Looks like tourist season will last through October this year…

Wind forecast

But just because tourist season is dying down doesn’t mean the wind will die down. Despite the offshore low still hanging off the coast, we have a .08 gradient this morning. The overall not-so-great weather setup implies gusty, up-and-down wind, but we’ll still see 21-24 today near Hood River, filling in from Steven’s Locks to Maryhill (probably not the right direction for the Wall) this afternoon, with upper teens further east.

The upper level low moves closer tomorrow, giving us light wind early and gusty 15-18 after 2pm.

Thursday sees the upper low move onshore, giving us very strong west wind. However, that strong wind will be mixed in with rain and thunderstorms, and it will be relatively gusty and short-lived. So just throw your gear in the car and be ready for the wind when it happens – probably somewhere east of Hood River, but maybe here in town for a short period.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Steven’s Locks light 10-13 17-21 17-21
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) 18-22 21-24 21-24 18-22
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle 10-15 15-18 21-24 21-24
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall 10-15 15-18 21-24 21-24
Arlington / Roosevelt 10-15 15-18 18-21 18-21

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Other Gorge News

For fun tonight, the Triathlon Club has their weekly practice of a 500 yard swim, 7 mile ride, and 2 mile run. They had moved the practice to Mayer Park for tourist season, but now that it’s Local’s Day, they may move it back to the Event Site. Check their FB page for info. There’s also pickup rugby tonight at 5:30 at the Hood River Marina.

Tonight in the ain’t-gonna-burn-no-calories-unless-you’re-twerkin’, there’s Ruin’s Tuesday at Springhouse, where $3 keeps you safe (from a big fine by the Fire Marshal, I guess?), and there’s $12 Prime Rib at Cebu from 5-9pm (does not include a visit to your cardiologist).

Tomorrow’s the big sports night, with rugby, pickup Ultimate Frisbee, free Yoga, women’s mountain biking, and sailboat races. Family mountain biking is done for the season, but if you want to have your own Families at Family Man, feel free.

Looking ahead to the weekend, it’s Pacific Crest Trail Days in Cascade Locks, the Oregon Enduro mountain bike race at Sandy Ridge, the Fly-In at WAAM, and the Rural Rampage family bike race in Hood River, with proceeds benefiting programs in the Hood River School District. Call Hood River Community Ed at (541) 386-2055 for more information on the Rural Rampage.

Have an awesome day today!