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 July 5, 2013

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I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July both on the water and off. As you recover from the festivities this morning, look out the window. Clouds pushed all the way to Hood River last night, for nice sleeping weather. Yes, it will make for nice windsurfing/kiting/biking weather today too, but isn’t it nice that it’s cooler and drier at night now?

Wind forecast

Yesterday was a pretty burly day on the river, eh? Today won’t be quite as gnarly, but it’s still going to be windy. We’re starting with gradients at .12 (pdx-dls) and .07 (dls-psc), enough for Dawn Patrol in the mid-twenties east of the clouds. I just tried to look at the Mosier cam, but it’s showing yesterday’s images – I suspect it’s quite windy there this morning. Anyway, under the low clouds, even the scattered bits and pieces of low clouds, you’ll find up-and-down 10-25 this morning. East of the clouds, you’ll find 23-26+ this morning (try Doug’s/Rowena/Lyle/Maryhill/etc) with a bit less at Arlington. In the afternoon as the desert warms, the Lyle and Maryhill stretches of the river should pick up to 26-30. Arlington looks less windy, at 19-23. Closer to home (if Hood River is home to you), expect up-and-down conditions all day, maybe picking up to the low twenties this afternoon.

Tomorrow looks lighter, as a brief warmup affects the PNW. Expect early morning wind at 15-18 from Stevenson to Hood River, backing off midday as Portland warms up, and then picking up to gusty 17-21 at Stevenson and 15-18 at Hood River/Mosier as a weak weather system approaches the coast.

That weather system moves in overnight, dragging in more low clouds. Sunday starts with westerlies in the upper teens to low twenties, picking up to the mid-twenties in the afternoon.

Keep an eye out for Grant Myrdal’s blue flags. He’ll be out there shooting photos of you windsurfing and kiting all week and weekend. Visit him at his booth at the Event Site entrance. He likes baked goods…

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Stevenson 10-20 10-20 10-20 17-21
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) 10-20 10-20 17-21 21-24
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle 18-23 23-26 26-30 26-30
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall 24-28 24-28 26-30 26-30
Arlington / Roosevelt 13-15 15-18 17-21 27-21

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Bike News

I chose to play Wind Johnny yesterday rather than joining my bike friends on a ride at Sandy Ridge. Because of this, I have to bake a pie this morning and take it to Dirty Fingers.

Very Important News

If you get this before 8:15, join Molly K. for her by-donation watersports warmup class at Cascade Kiteboarding. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, you can warm up with this lovely lady.

Tomorrow is the Watershed Relay, where a group of friends convey themselves via various conveyances from the top of Mt. Adams to the Columbia River. Have fun, Gardner and friends! I will join you one of these years!

Coming up tonight, 10 Speed Roastery shows the bike-related, kid-friendly movie Quicksilver at 6pm, and don’t forget about the multi-sport swap meet at Windance on Sunday morning.

On Sunday, it’s the Gorge Laser Blowout. You kiters and windsurfers think your course from Stevenson is rad, but your gear is appropriate for Gorge conditions. These little boats aren’t made for rough waters and high wind. If you’re out on the river Sunday, cheer for these courageous captains as they guide their dinghies 17 miles from Cascade Locks to Hood River. And… don’t forget the swap meet at Windance on Sunday morning!

Coming up in two weekends from now, it’s Kiteboarding for Cancer, and they’re looking for volunteers. Visit the event websitefor more information.

Have an awesome day today!