Sunday 6/16 Gorge wind, events, and thunderstorms

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 June 16, 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. =)

Did you guys see that thunderstorm last night? Wow. Crossing my fingers that there were no cherries ripe enough to be split by that rain. Also crossing my fingers that enough rain fell to perfectify the dirt on the trails. I’m betting Post is amazing today, and if that rain hit the 44 Road trails, the dirt will be stellar there too. Me, I had enough riding yesterday. 12 hours straight on a mountain bike. Time for a day off the saddle.

Wind forecast

In wind news today, it’s already windy. And as promised, your forecast of wind is late. Since I changed the definition of Dawn Patrol to be before 9am, not 8am, I might just sneak this report in before it’s over. Anyway, keep in mind that the clouds overhead are a sign of an unstable atmosphere with convection happening, meaning we could see thunderstorms at any point today, shutting down the wind, and turning your kite or windsurf mast into a giant lightning rod. There are already thunderstorms out by Arlington…

That said, with a .12 gradient from Portland to The Dalles, we’re looking at plenty of fuel for the wind machine today. Expect a quick build to 18-23 at Stevenson and 25-29 at Doug’s. The wind will be a bit southerly, which in my world, makes for better jumping. Expect the wind to hold in the central Gorge for much of the day, and then pick up to 25-29 (thunderstorms permitting) at Doug’s this afternoon with less wind out east.

Tomorrow starts off with another round of dawn patrol at 24-28, but the location depends on how far inland an upper level low travels overnight. Guessing today, I’d say DP at the Hatchery/Sandbar, but it could end up being Mosier. The rest of the day looks windy too, with mid twenties in the central and near east Gorge.

Tuesday looks less windy, with thunderstorms messing stuff up.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Stevenson 10-15 18-23 18-23 18-23
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) 22-26 25-29 25-29 18-23
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle 10-15 18-23 24-28 24-28
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall 10-15 10-15 17-21 17-21
Arlington / Roosevelt 10-15 10-15 10-15 15-18

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Cycling news

Coming up next Friday and all through the weekend, it’s the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic. This is the last year of this awesome race, so if you can volunteer, please do. Visit for information on how to get involved, and remember that Saturday evening is the Crit race in downtown Hood River, always great for watching. We’d love to see a big crowd out cheering on the racers this year!

Next Sunday, the 23rd, is a work party to build the Superconnect trail that will link Knebal Springs to Surveyor’s. You know you want this trail. Be there for this one.

Other Stuff

The Solstice Kickstarter campaign is still going on. Please head on over, pre-purchase a pizza or some slices, and help out this great local business. You know you’re going to eat pizza winter, spring, summer and fall at the waterfront, so join the campaign!

Have an awesome day today!