Friday, 6/14 Gorge wind, lots of events, and a Post Canyon work party

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 June 14, 2013

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Good morning,

Wind not right to surf or kite? Stand up paddle and do it right! New Gorge Non-profit Club, the Gorge SUPer Club, Inc., is now offering season memberships for families and adults. Variety of boards brought to the *Site of the Day* each day starting June 21. No more lugging your gear around. Let the SUP Club do the work! All equipment provided for one low membership fee. No rentals. Members only. For complete details, email the SUP club or phone 541-806-2612. If you were on the email list, you could enter the drawing for a free day pass. =)

It’s a partly cloudy start to the day, but as high pressure builds inland during the day, we’ll see sunny skies and warming temps. Good thing, because it was freezing cold in Cascade Locks last night, it was snowing at Meadows yesterday, and there was a tornado in McMinnville around 5pm yesterday. Yeah, a tornado in Oregon. What’s this world coming to?

Wind forecast

In wind news today, the high pressure really won’t help us out; the duration of the wind today depends on how quickly the pressure equalizes over the Cascades. That said, we’ll see 17-20 at Maryhill and Arlington this morning, fading to 5-10 out east as the day goes on. Probably not worth driving. In the western Gorge, we’ll see 15-18 near Hood River this morning, holding pretty much all day. Stevenson and Doug’s will join the 15-18 fun in the afternoon. If we’re really, really lucky, there will be a couple hours of 17-21 at the Hatchery mid-morning to early afternoon.

Tomorrow sees a low pressure system off the coast, leaving us with east wind through the Gorge. Call it 17-21 mid-morning, holding until mid-afternoon or late afternoon, when we’ll see a switch to west wind at 10-15, maybe 15-18, first at Stevenson, and maybe making it to Hood River before dark.

A marine push Sunday sets us up for west wind, probably in the 21-24 range.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Stevenson 0-10 5-10 15-18 15-18
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) 10-15 15-18 15-18 15-18
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle 10-15 10-15 15-18 15-18
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall 17-20 15-18 10-15 10-15
Arlington / Roosevelt 17-20 15-18 10-15 10-15

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Cycling news

On Saturday morning there’s a work party on a new section of quad trail 130 in Post Canyon. The work party’s put on by the LOBOS club of Portland, so we locals need to show up and show the Portland crowd we love our trails as much as they do. The 130 may be a quad trail, but it’s a climbing-friendly option to way-up-high in Post from Mitchell Ridge. It’s also a descending option from way-up-high that doesn’t involve riding Bladerunner/Antoine’s Ridge. You want this trail. Meet at Post Flats at 9am to help out.

Other Stuff

Enough about the wind: today’s an open house from 8-1 at the Power Station Gym in Hood River. Come on over for free classes, prize drawings, and contests. If you’d rather experience a gym party than a gym class, they’re having a grand opening party tomorrow night from 6-10. I know, that sounds a bit lame, but Jeri’s putting on this party, so it’s going to be anything but lame. Come check it out.

Tomorrow is the White Salmon Backyard half-marathon, benefiting Columbia High School’s XC team. Suggested donation is $12. Start time for runners is 10am at Rheingarten Park in White Salmon. Along with the run, there’s the Kids in Motion Festival from 11-2 with fun kids’ activities. And if that doesn’t tire your little ones out, take them to The Dalles for the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic kids’ criterium – registration for that free race starts at 3pm at Water’s Edge.

Also, the Solstice Kickstarter campaign is still going on. Please head on over, pre-purchase a pizza or some slices, and help out this great local business. You know you’re going to eat pizza winter, spring, summer and fall at the waterfront, so join the campaign!

Have an awesome day today!