9/4 Gorge wind and events

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 September 4, 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
It’s one day after Labor Day, and that means it’s Local’s Day in the Gorge. Come on out and take advantage of the light back-to-school crowds in town, on the water, and on the trails! I’ve always thought this should be an official holiday with discounts at shops if you show your local ID. Maybe this is something we can organize for next Local’s Day?

This is also the time of year when mountain bikers start hunting for signs of rain in the forecast. Bikers, I am sorry to say that the next possible chance of rain is a long ways out: Next Monday. Even then, it doesn’t look significant.

There won’t be much chance for windsurfing or kiting today, unless you head far, far west to the salty Pacific. Here, we have a tiny west gradient, but it’s going to switch to east pretty quickly as high pressure builds, giving us light easterlies at 5-10 this afternoon. We’ll see light easterlies again on Wednesday, and after that, the rest of the week brings light wind, all the way through Friday.

The coast is really the best place to be the next three days if you’re looking for wind. You can count on 20-25 or more at the central coast with a 6′ swell at 9 seconds.

Coming up next weekend, it’s the rural rampage bike race in Hood River, benefiting HRVHS and HRMS. Teams of two race to twelve stops, complete twelve tasks, and can win cash prizes. You can sign up through Hood River community ed, and if you need more information, you can email peg.bogard@gmail.com with any questions.

Also in bike world next weekend, it’s the Sandy Ridge Enduro, the last enduro mountain bike race of the season. Make plans to head to Sandy and cheer on our local team, the Dirty Harlots, sadly minus Miss Heather Pola of the tutu, who will be in Whistler.

Have an awesome day today!