Thursday 6/20. Gorge wind, bike race, and lots of free bbq.

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 June 20, 2013

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Good morning,

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Second, Grant Myrdal (the photographer who takes your picture on good ski days) will be here all summer, and he’ll be here Thursday through Sunday this week. Need photos of you windsurfing or kiting? Watch for the blue flags. We’ll try and let you know where he’ll be. And… stop by his new booth down at the Event Site and say hello. He loves 52 card pickup, so bring some sort of cards to throw at him. Or maybe bring baked goods. He might like those better…

Third, coming up next week, we move into a much wetter weather pattern, likely flavored with a bit of tropical pineapple rain. This isn’t thunderstorm rain. This is winter-style rain lasting for relatively long periods of time with rather cool temps for this time of year. Cross your fingers for our cherry farmers, and go buy lots of cherries from local farms between now and then.

Next, yes, I know the website has been up and down a lot the next few days. Well, Monique has saved us all by fixing it. If you’re curious what was going on, check out this article. Anyway… yet another reason to subscribe to the mailing list!

Wind forecast

Low pressure dominates the weather picture today, but even so, our gradients are .07/.10 pdx-dls/dls-psc, enough to keep the wind keeping on. (standby. Coffee break) Sunshine in the desert will help the wind’s mission by warming the eastern Gorge while those of us in the west chill under cumulus. Alliteration aside, expect the wind to pick up to 24-28ish at Maryhill and Arlington and the Lyle-Doug’s area mid-morning, slowly fading as the day goes on. Under the clouds near Hood River, expect gusty 13-17 or so, picking up to 18-23 if/when the clouds burn back.

Tomorrow sees the low pressure system exit stage east, leaving us under sunnier skies and weak high pressure. Looks like we’ll still see west wind in the 15-18 range from Stevenson to Mosier early, filling in to the Lyle/Rowena/Doug’s area later.

Saturday brings another low pressure system to Vancouver, BC in the afternoon after a light wind start. That approaching low should drive westerlies in the upper teens to low twenties Saturday afternoon. Sunday afternoon (a very, very long way out with this current weather setup) does look to bring stronger west wind.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Stevenson 10-14 10-14 11-15 11-15
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) 10-15 10-15 15-18 18-23
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle 10-15 15-18 18-23+ 18-23+
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall 20-25 24-28 22-26 21-24
Arlington / Roosevelt 20-25 24-28 22-25 20-24

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Cycling news

In bike news tonight’s the Post n’ Pint mountain bike ride at Dirty Fingers at 5:30. It’s packet pickup for the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic at Discover from 5-8. Want to see bike racers sans spandex? This is the time and place (or try the World Naked Bike Ride, where you can see bike racers sans… well, just sans.) The MHCC itself starts tomorrow and the Crit race is in downtown Hood River Saturday evening. Also this weekend, there’s downhill mountain bike racing at Skibowl and Enduro racing in Ashland.

On Sunday, join Jimmy T for a work party to build the Superconnector Trail at 9am at Little John. Well, the Superconnector isn’t at Little John. It connects Knebal to Surveyors. F-bomb to you, paved/gravel road. We’ll take all singletrack, all the time from now on.

Other stuff

Saturday’s Family Whitewater Day at Northwestern Park, brought to you by the Kayak Shed and Wet Planet. There will be raft rides with Oregon Rafting Team, free kayak demos and bbq. Bring a side dish to share. In Cascade Locks Saturday, it’s opening day of sailboat season with free sailboat rides and bbq at the Marina. Also Saturday, Sternwheeler Days 5k/10k. AND… Ironman Coeur d’Alene: Good luck Clint Bogard and Patty Boyd and anyone else!!!

If that’s not enough BBQ, head to Rufus Saturday and Sunday for free kite and board demos and more bbq, courtesy of Windance.

The Fruit Company in Odell has a warehouse sale today from 9am-6pm. First 50 people get a free basket. The rest of you get bargains on delicious food.

Have an awesome day today!