9/6 Gorge wind and events

Posted by
 September 6, 2012

The Clymb: free membership. Cheap gear. Temira approves. Click to join.

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?

In good news for the fire crews, we’ve already seen a switch to easterlies this morning. We’ll have east wind at 5-10 near Hood River and 17-20 near Stevenson, holding through late afternoon. East wind continue on Friday in the 21-24 range early, picking up to 24-27 for a few hours midday before backing off in the afternoon.

To start the weekend, we’ll have light easterlies Saturday morning, swinging around to westerlies at 15-18 or so by the afternoon. Sunday sets up in classic Gorge style, with very strong west wind.

Oh yeah… I guess I should apologize for the lack of a forecast yesterday. Sorry, but rather than writing a forecast, I spent the day with a norovirus, sleeping on the bathroom floor. I don’t recommend it.

If you want more information about the fire burning near white salmon, here’s the northwest large fire information along with the Gorgeradio article from last night.

For events tonight, there’s road bike riding, with a recovery road ride leaving Discover bikes at 5pm. Tonight at 7pm, at Hood River Middle School, Gorge Owned and the Earth Center present the movie “My Own Two Wheels”, a documentary about the power of bicycles to change the world. Filmed in Zambia, Ghana, India, Guatemala and California, this is a movie not to be missed. It’s $5 for kids and $10 for adults.

Coming up tomorrow, it’s First Friday in Hood River. Then on Saturday, join the rural rampage bike ride, benefitting HRVHS and HRMS. Teams of two ride 12 miles, and complete five tasks. It’s sure to be fun. Sign up through Hood River Community Ed. Also Saturday, The Dalles hosts the Aluminum Man Triathlon, with division for all ages and both Sprint and Olympic distance races.

Finally, don’t forget that it’s not too late to join the bike commute challenge. Sign up for team Gorge Owned at BikeCommuteChallenge.com.

Have an awesome day today!