9/5. Gorge wind. Events. (Plum) Smuggler’s Ball(s).

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 September 5, 2013

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Wind forecast

Looks like the weather will get wild today, as an offshore low moves inland this afternoon, causing locally heavy rain and the possibility of thunderstorms.

We’ll see west wind at 18-22 this morning near Hood River, picking up to gusty 30-40 sometime after 2pm from Hood River east to Arlington. This wind accompanies the eastward transit of an upper level low, so expect gusty conditions, up-and-down conditions, rain, lightning, and generally unreliable wind. That said, pack your car and be ready to move when the wind picks up (if 30-40 is what you’re after), because it’s not going to last long.

The offshore low lingers east of the Cascade Crest tomorrow, for continued shower/lightning potential. At least this gives us a better wind setup: high pressure in the Pacific combines with that eastward-moving low for a good gradient across the Gorge. Wind tomororow should be in the up-and-down 23-26 range from Hood River east.

At this point, Saturday looks relatively light – call it west wind at 10-15 or so. Sunday looks windier: 21-24 in the afternoon.

Saturday and Sunday currently look like light starts with mid to upper teens in the afternoon.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Steven’s Locks light 5-10 15-18 22-25
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) 17-21 21-24 21-24 gusty
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle 10-15 15-18 17-20 gusty
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall 10-15 15-18 15-18 gusty
Arlington / Roosevelt 10-15 15-18 15-18 gusty

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Other Gorge News

Tonight in bike world, it’s the weekly Post n’ Pint bike ride at Dirty Fingers at 5:30, followed by the Smuggler’s Ball, a going away party for local rider Gato. If you’d like to come to the party, you must be wearing a spandex outfit of some sort. Will all the ski racers, bikers, and Jazzercise instructors on this list, there must be plenty of spandex in this town. If you don’t have any, borrow some and come wish Gato goodbye.

Tomorrow is the start of the weekend with First Friday in Hood River. Also tomorrow, CGWA has the Gorge windsurfing awards at Springhouse Cellars from 6-10, accompanied by a couple of movie premieres. Tomorrow’s also the start of Pacific Crest Trail Days in Cascade Locks, where you can check out the latest outdoor products and gear and take classes, and if you want, you can camp out on Thunder Island for the weekend.

Also this wekeend, it’s the last race of the Oregon Enduro Series, happening at Timberline, Skibowl, and Sandy Ridge – Sandy’s on Saturday, so don’t ride there that day. Good luck to all the local racers, especially the fabulous Dirty Harlots. Closer to town on Sunday, it’s the Rural Rampage kids n’ parents bike race, benefiting the Hood River School District.

You may also enjoy the Civil War encampment at the Fort Dalles Museum or the Fly-In at WAAAM.

Have an awesome day today!