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It seems like Mother Nature loves Kiteboard for Cancer… it’s windy every year for this event. Today’s no exception. We’ll see 10-15 near Hood River this morning, building to 17-20 in the afternoon. There’s a good chance we’ll see the wind get gusty near Hood River late, picking up in Stevenson and east of The Dalles as yet another weak system swings onshore.
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We’ll see a deeper marine layer tomorrow morning, setting up a breezy day. On top of tonight’s system that’s causing these high clouds, another will swing through tomorrow, bringing even more clouds. So, the strongest, steadiest wind will probably be east of Hood River tomorrow. We’ll see 16-19 in the morning, building to 21-24 in the afternoon, and possibly hitting the upper twenties at Arlington and Maryhill late in the day.
As of last night, it was looking like we’d see stronger wind on Tuesday, but now it looks like an upper level low will set up off the coast for light wind instead. The wind picks back up a bit on Wednesday as the low crosses the state, but at this point, there’s no high pressure building in behind, meaning it’s not looking super strong.
If you’re looking for something to do today, come check out the Tenacity games, with kiteboarding at the Event Site and kayaking on the Whtie Salmon below Condit Dam. This afternoon is the White Salmon Riverfest. There’s a group paddle down the class III Middle at 3:15, then swing by Rattlesnake Rapid at Husum to watch a competition at 4:30, and then cross the street to Wet Planet for the BBQ and symposium starting at 5pm. If you stick around after that, there’s beer, music, and finally, starting at 10, kayaking movies. (10, just so you know, is way past my bedtime)
If you’re a mountain biker, today’s news is that Falls Creek is now open from Old Man Pass down. There are about 10 downed trees and 10 patches of snow, but there’s nothing to keep you from riding the trail. That is confirmed news, as I rode it yesterday. For those of you waiting patiently for Ape Canyon/Plains of Abraham, the Gifford Pinchot website reports lots of snow and downed trees above 3500’.
Have an awesome day today!
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