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It’s another quiet start on the Columbia this morning as a front works its way across the Northwest. As the frontal boundary shifts inland, we might see some light rain, but more importantly, we’ll see the west winds pick up a bit. It’s going to be gusty, but by afternoon, we should see 15-18, from Stevenson out to Lyle.
High pressure fills in on Friday for a light wind day on the river. NOAA is calling for decent westerlies, but with similar temperatures predicted for Portland and Hood River and low pressure off the coast, it’s unlikely we’ll see enough wind for kiting or windsurfing Friday.
Since there’s no wind, get out on your bike. The dirt is in perfect shape, and temperatures in the 70’s will make for perfect road biking weather too. Don’t forget that tonight is the last Post and Pint ride of the season. Meet at Dirty Fingers at 5pm for a group ride on the Mitchell Ridge loop, followed by a bbq at the shop.
Boaters, the White Salmon’s between 1 ¾ and 1.9 feet and the Klickitat’s at 775 cfs. Don’t forget that Saturday is the Girl Paddle on the White Salmon, putting on the Middle at 11:30, and putting on the Lower at 1:30. The paddle is followed by food at Solstice and a gear swap, so even if you haven’t paddled in a while, come out for this one!
Also this weekend, there are several fun events. On Saturday, it’s Dog Day at Skibowl, benefiting Oregon Guide Dogs for the Blind. $15 gets you a ride to the top on the chair along with a doggie goodie bag, music, and entrance to the doggie-friendly beer garden.
There are also two fundraising bike rides this weekend. The Hood River Harvest Ride, raising money for the Hood River Valley Residents Committee, happens Saturday, and the Echelon Gran Fondo comes to Hood River on Sunday.
Have a great day today!
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