Sunday. 8/18. Gorge wind, Mt. Hood snow (just kidding – it’s too early for the snow forecast), and stuff to do today

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 August 18, 2013

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Cutest photo of the day yesterday goes to Maui Meyer. No. I’m not talking about the photo of the chanterelles. I’m talking about his Facebook profile photo. 10/10, Maui. 10/10. (Today is National Embarrass your County Commissioner Day)

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Wind forecast guess paragraphs

As far as I’m concerned, this is much nicer forecasting weather. Offshore high pressure. Clouds in Portland. Nothing moving through today. With the 7am gradient at .07 and clouds in Portland, you can expect 15-18 to start near Hood River, picking up to 22-25 mid-morning, and possibly picking up to 24-27 (despite the models insisting this won’t happen) by early afternoon. Steven’s Locks will see the wind pick up once the clouds burn back.

Why do I argue with the models? Because I can, really, and because the setup looks right for a possible model screwup. All that said, it’ll be windy near Hood River all day today, and it’ll fill in at the Lyle stretch this afternoon, with enough wind to fly a kite further east.

Tomorrow looks similar. Let’s call it 21-24 to start, building to 24-27+ as a disturbance passes far to the north. That disturbance, weak as it will be, will likely bump the wind up an extra notch at Steven’s Locks, and will likely turn the gusty-dial up towards max near Hood River. Tuesday looks a lot like Monday minus the weak disturbance, meaning the wind will be just as strong, minus the extra gustiness.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Stevenson 0-10 9-11 15-18 20-23
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) 15-18 21-24 24-27
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle 12-15 15-18 21-24 23-26
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall 5-10 10-13 15-18 15-18
Arlington / Roosevelt 5-10 10-13 15-18 15-18

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Sports, activities, and other stuff

The Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge continues today at Hood River’s Waterfront Park. If you haven’t tried standup paddling yet, this is your chance, as they have free demos from 10-2 today along with some lessons and clinics. There’s also racing, with world-class pros to watch, and there’s music and food and apparently a beer garden too (but you know how I feel about beer. Why can’t they have a Scotch garden?)

If you want to get out and play with some fun folks tonight, the pickup rugby crew meets in Mosier at the Mosier School at 3pm for a game of touch rugby. You’ve got to be pretty tough to play rugby. I bet those folks prefer Scotch to beer.

Looking ahead to next weekend, it’s the annual Bigfoot Bash and Bounty in Home Valley, with food and music, and all things Bigfoot. You won’t want to miss this one, so mark your calendar for Saturday at Home Valley Park. Also next weekend, it’s the White Salmon Summer Concert Series, with a car show and lots of music, along with a Pig Roast and Salmon Feed. Mmmmm. Pig. Salmon. Two of my favorite things (except for peaches, of course.)

Have an awesome day today!