Monday. 6/17. Wind, Kickstarter campaign. Booze Cruise.

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 June 17, 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. =)

I was going to berate you guys. I was going to tell you that Solstice is 10% from kicking their Kickstarter campaign. And keep in mind that I’m not getting anything for promoting this, other than the 5 slices of pizza that I’ll get for donating $25. I just want to see this great local business succeed. But guess what? They made it! The campaign will kick! But you can still get in on supporting this great local business. You know you’ll want to eat a pizza in the next couple of years. So join the campaign and do something wonderful for the Gorge!

Wind forecast

Today looks rather similar to yesterday, with a touch less wind and a repeat of convection and an unstable atmosphere. In addition, another weak weather system will swing through in the afternoon, and that will diminish wind quality and speed as it passes. There’s yet another chance of thunderstorms today.

That said, we’ll see 18-23 near Hood River this morning with 10-15 pretty much everywhere else. As this weather thingy approaches early afternoon, we’ll see a jump in wind speed to the low/mid twenties at Stevenson and a short-lived stronger burst of 23-26 near Hood River. Then we’ll see the same thing happen out east, as the wind picks up to gusty 23-26 at Doug’s, Maryhill, and finally Arlington.

If I were headed out today, I’d probably head out to the Hatch or one of the sandbars late morning. No, I have not yet decided if I’m going windsurfing. More important to me today is the fact that my best friend is driving through the Gorge on her way to Idaho around 10am, and there’s nothing in the world I’d rather do than have coffee and breakfast with my bestie.

Tomorrow’s strongest wind looks very early – leftovers from today, fading to 17-21 and holding for much of the day. On Wednesday, we’ll see the wind build to gusty 26-30 as a low pressure system crosses the Cascades. At this point, it doesn’t look like thunderstorms will be a major problem (although they really should be this time of year with that setup), but that could change.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Stevenson light 5-10 21-25 17-21
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) 18-22 19-23 23-26 briefly 16-19
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle 10-15 10-15 gusty 23-26 gusty 23-26
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall 10-15 10-15 gusty 23-26 gusty 23-26
Arlington / Roosevelt 10-15 10-15 17-21 23-26

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Cycling news

All right guys, this is the last year of the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic. They need you, so find some time to volunteer this upcoming weekend. Everyone loves the crit race in downtown Hood River Saturday night, but there are plenty of other chances to volunteer. Volunteering is good for the soul. You’ll join nice people like Kris McNall and Craig McCurdy and dozens of others. You’ll have a fun time. You won’t have to ride Three Summits at speed.

In bike rides tonight, there’s the mellow Ride around the Gorge at 5:30, and there’s the Booze Cruise leaving Mountain View Cycles at 6:30. Oh no wait. There’s only the Booze Cruise, because the Ride Around the Gorge folks are DOING the booze cruise. Hooray! I’m going to do the Booze Cruise too!

Looking ahead to next weekend on Sunday, there’s a work party on the new trail linking Knebal Springs to Surveyor’s Ridge up on the 44 Road. Make plans to be there – the meeting point is 9am on Sunday at Little John. Can you tell I want to see this trail completed? I want to see all of you there! Bring tools like McLeods and Rogue Hoes.

Other Stuff

Not much today!

Have an awesome day today!