Good morning and happy summer solstice!
It’s the longest day of the years, and that means it’s your opportunity to get in the most Gorge sports possible!
Wind sports are definitely on the list today. The North Pacific high is set up over the ocean, and the 5am gradient from Portland to The Dalles was at .12 with another .08 out east. That means dawn patrol at Mosier, Rowena and Lyle today. With a little luck, the clouds will burn back west of the Hatchery, giving us a good day there too. By mid-morning, and until evening, we’ll have 26-30 from Mosier to Maryhill.
As of 5am, iWindsurf’s sensor network was down due to a Verizon outage in the Gorge. They are working to get this fixed, but until then, you can get your windspeeds at windonthewater.com.
The wind looks a little lighter tomorrow as high pressure builds across the Cascades and Portland sees more sun. Even so, we’ll still see 17-20 from Stevenson down to Hood River by afternoon.
If you’re looking for something to do tomorrow, there’s a white trash party at Northwestern Lake. BYOB and your favorite white trash dish to share, dress up in your best white trash outfit, and get ready to party. I’ve heard differing reports of the start time… anything from 10am to 5pm. If you know the correct start time, let me know!
For your second sport today, you have to go mountain biking, as the trails are in perfect shape right now. Post… Falls Creek… Lewis River… Surveyor’s… you name it, the dirt is tacky and perfect.
If you want to go boating today, the Hood’s at 3.9 feet, the White Salmon’s just below 3.5 feet and the Klickitat’s at 2080 cfs. If you want to run the Klickitat tomorrow with me and some friends, drop me a note!
And finally, this evening there’s Tai Chi at Wilson Park in Hood River at 6pm. That’s free, with lessons provided. And don’t forget to hit a solstice party tonight to celebrate the longest day of the year and the official start of summer!
That’s it for today. Whatever you do today, have an awesome longest day of the year!