Monday. 8/12. Gorge wind. Bike rides. Sailboat races. More.

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 August 12, 2013

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Wind forecast guess paragraphs

We have a warmer, sunnier day on tap today, with convection ending, meaning it might be less muggy too, but the west wind continues. With a morning gradient of .05 and plenty of clouds on the PDX webcam, we’ll see a build to mid-morning teens (which is better than early morning teens, which have a tendency to be grumpy and unpredictable). As desert heating continues while Portland struggles with marine clouds, the wind will build to 20-23 near Hood River midday, filling in at Stevenson and Doug’s this afternoon.

High pressure inland tomorrow isn’t going to get much help from a weak marine push and weak high pressure off the California coast. We’ll see west wind at 15-18 bright-n-early, fading to very light wind by mid-morning. How light? Hard to tell if we’ll keep 5-10 or if the river will go glassy. Sorry, my Tasar friends, but below 10mph things get tricky.

On Wednesday, a big low pressure system arrives at the Oregon Coast, or at least the offshore waters. This should give us SW flow and decent clouds in Portland. The thermal gradient will save us: west wind at 5-10 in the morning should rise to the low twenties near Stevenson in the afternoon with upper teens from Hood River to The Dalles.

It currently looks like stronger west wind will return for Thursday and Friday, but you know how those long-range forecasts can be. That’ll be just in time for Grant Myrdal to get out there with his team to take photos of you windsurfing and kiting and racing boats. View the summer action photos here.

Don’t forget that windsurf sail windows are on sail at Northwave for 15% off through this month. Just mention you read about it here!

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Stevenson 5-10 13-15 17-21 20-23
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) 10-13 16-19 20-23 16-19
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle 5-10 10-13 17-20 17-20
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall 5-10 10-13 10-13 10-13
Arlington / Roosevelt light light light light

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Other News

The Tasar World Championships continue in Cascade Locks today, with world-class sailboat racing in our backyard. Should you want to meet these folks, they’ll be hanging around the marine tonight after 5pm. Just look for the Solstice mobile pizza cart. You can use those tokens from supporting the Solstice Kickstarter campaign. You did get in on that, didn’t you?

It’s mellow bike ride night in the Gorge. The Ride Around the Gorge folks are meeting at Volcanic Bottle Shop in Hood River at 5:30 for a mellow ride around Hood River, although last week they ended up doing intervals, so it may not be so mellow after all. My legs feel like someone stole all the giddy-up from them, so I’m not sure I’m going to make it.

For a truly mellow ride, join the Mountain View Cycles crew for a cruise to Mosier and Back, with a long stop at the Thirsty Woman for food and drinks. Join that ride by meeting at Mountain View at 6:30. In bike news tomorrow, join Mike and Kim and maybe me for road bike death intervals, meeting at the west end of the Twin Tunnel trails at 6:30 in the morning. Wait. It was well after 6:30am as I wrote this, so it seems unlikely I will make death intervals at 6:30am.

Coming up next weekend, it’s the Naish Gorge Paddle Challenge. Mark your calendar for races and free demos, along with music and free standup paddle lessons. Did I mention there are free SUP demos? This is your chance to try SUP if you haven’t already! And it’s also your chance to look at super-ripped, tan folks from all over the world. Hey, don’t fault me for looking. I’m only human.

Have an awesome day today!