Saturday, 7/20. Gorge (strong) wind, events, and argh… I want this post published so I can go windsurfing!

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 July 20, 2013

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Temira’s random morning thoughts

To all of you who don’t like wind, I offer my condolences. I recommend you leave town for the next week. Or head to Booth Hill and the rest of the Upper Valley. Yesterday I went on a bike ride to Parkdale, and there was exactly zero wind until we got back to Hood River proper, where it was blowing in the 20’s. So, you can always escape to Parkdale (except tomorrow, when a passing weather system will make it windy in the upper valley too).

Wind forecast

It never fails to amaze me how much weather models can change in a 24 hour period. Or even more so, in a 48 hour period. It’s ripping windy out there this morning – take a look at the Hatchcam, and you’ll see lots of wind and big waves. Take a look at a PDX webcam, and you’ll see clouds. Gradients stand at .14/.05 (pdx-dls/dls-psc) this morning, so let’s just call it 26-30 all day near Hood River, with plenty of wind in Mosier this morning as well. Stevenson and Rowena will see a quick build to 15-18 for the morning, picking up to 21-24 (Stevenson) this afternoon and 24-28 (Lyle, etc). Expect upper teens further east.

Expect 26-30+ all day tomorrow, likely centered near Hood River. A weak weather system moves slowly through the PNW during the day, likely making the wind a bit gustier and more unreliable than it will be today.

If the forecast models are correct for next week, we’ll see various varieties of rather strong west wind every day.

On the coast, expect 20-25 today, 15-18 tomorrow and 20-25+ on Monday, with a 5′ swell at 7 seconds for the next couple of days. Expect more wind at Pistol.

If you need photos of you and your friends ripping it up, Grant Myrdal will be here shooting all weekend. Just look for the blue banners at the beaches and … smile! He takes sick shots!

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

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Bike News

Tonight in Cascade Locks, join Andy and Andy and the NWTA crew for a family campout at the EasyCLIMB Trail, followed by movies on the big screen. If you want to put in some time volunteering doing trailwork, the Andys will be there all day building trail.

Very Important News

In events today, the Relay for Life kicks off at the Hood River High School at 10am, and goes for the next 24 hours. Thank you to everyone who’s participating and volunteering. Also today, there are outrigger, SUP and surfski races in Stevenson, the WIND youth sailing regatta in Cascade Locks, and the Wild Woman offroad marathon in Trout Lake.

Have an awesome day today!